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Right fielder Anthony Santander lone Orioles player to be named finalist for Gold Glove Award

Anthony Santander was named one of three finalists for the American League Gold Glove Award at right field Thursday, the only Orioles player to be nominated.

Santander, a 2016 Rule 5 draft selection from the Cleveland Indians, joins the New York Yankees' Clint Frazier and the Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo as finalists.

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The 25-year-old Santander was named the Most Valuable Oriole last month after hitting .261/.315/.575 in 37 games. His season ended prematurely after he suffered a right oblique strain while batting in the first game of a Sept. 4 doubleheader with the Yankees. At the time of the injury, Santander was leading the AL in extra-base hits with 25 and tied for second in the AL with 13 doubles, tied for third with 32 RBIs, and tied for sixth with 11 home runs and a .575 slugging percentage.

Santander played 35 games in right field this season, ranking second behind Gallo in the AL in Defensive Runs Saved (eight) and fourth in Ultimate Zone Rating (1.1) among right fielders who played at least 300 innings, according to FanGraphs. UZR quantifies a player’s entire defensive performance by attempting to measure how many runs a defender saved, taking into account errors, range, outfield arm and double-play ability. Santander also rated as an above-average fielder in MLB Statcast’s Outs Above Average statistic.

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Orioles manger Brandon Hyde said in September that Cedric Mullins was worthy of Gold Glove consideration for his defense in center field, but the 26-year-old was not among the AL’s three finalists, getting beaten out by the Rangers’ Byron Buxton, the Oakland Athletics’ Ramón Laureano and the Chicago White Sox’s Luis Robert.

A pair of former Orioles infielders — San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado and Detroit Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop — were also named finalists at their respective positions. Minnesota Twins slugger Nelson Cruz, who hit a league-leading 40 home runs with the Orioles in 2014, was named the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, an award voted on by his peers as the player they “most respect based on his leadership on the field and in the community.”

The winners will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 3, on ESPN at 7 p.m.

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