Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman, Kevin Pillar named Gold Glove finalists

Watch as Kevin Pillar leaps and crashes into the outfield wall to make a sensational catch.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman and centre fielder Kevin Pillar were named American League Gold Glove Award finalists, Rawlings Sports‏ announced Thursday afternoon.

Stroman picked up a career high 13 victories in 2017 to go with his 3.09 ERA and .979 fielding percentage.

The other nominees for the award are Red Sox ace Chris Sale and Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are given to players who display overall fielding excellence. Per the Gold Glove Selection Criteria, “All pitchers must have pitched in at least 138 innings by his team’s 138th game” in order to be considered for the award.

Pillar was named a finalist for the third consecutive season thanks to his affinity for making jaw-dropping catches, like the one you can see at the top of the page. Pillar is up against Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins youngster Byron Buxton.