A few years ago the Phillies middle infield boasted these players, but both are now American League Gold Glove winners.
J.P Crawford and Cesar Hernandez both won Gold Gloves for their play in the field this year. Crawford plays shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Hernandez 2nd base for the Clevland Indians.
Crawford turned around his -9 defensive runs saved (DRS) into 6 DRS this season, a number good for 2nd in the AL among shortstops. His breakout turnaround helped him win the award. Crawford was traded from the Phillies with Carlos Santana for Jean Segura, James Pazos, and Juan Nicasio. Crawford always was known for his defensive promise, but was unable to develop a consistent bat while in a Phillies uniform and was a victim of unfortunate injuries, and the management of Pete MacKanin’s lame-duck season and Gabe Kapler’s first year as a manager.
Hernandez signed a one-year deal with the Indians after being let go by the Phillies to clear the way for Scott Kingery. Cesar also finished with 6 DRS, and a career-best 0.8 defensive WAR. His offensive numbers were also good in the shortened season, slashing .283/.355/.408, and led the AL in doubles with 20. This was nothing new for Hernandez, who while with the Phillies also had league-leading efforts in bunt hits, leadoff walks, and pitches faced in 2018, infield hits in 2019.
Both moves were criticized at the time and the general manager who made them, Matt Klentak, is no longer the GM of the Phillies.