Max Fried, Dansby Swanson Win Gold Glove Awards

Left-handed pitcher wins third straight, shortstop wins first

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves congratulate LHP Max Fried and SS Dansby Swanson on winning Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Fried secured the honor for the third time in his career and for the third consecutive season, while Swanson won the award for the first time.

FILE – Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) works from the mound during the second inning in Game 1 of a National League Division Series baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Fried, 28, made 30 starts this season and went 14-7 with 2.48 ERA (51 ER/185.1 IP). He posted a .976 fielding percentage, committing just one error across 42 defensive chances. Fried picked off three baserunners in 2022, tied for third in the National League and for fourth in MLB. Since his major league debut in 2017, his 23 successful pickoffs lead baseball. Fried has successfully nabbed a runner in 14.29 percent of his career pick attempts, considerably higher than the MLB average (1.6 percent) since 2017. Despite leading the majors in successful pickoffs since 2017, Fried ranks 146th in pickoff attempts since that year.

Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux was the last Braves pitcher to win three consecutive Gold Glove Awards, doing so as part of 10 straight with the club (13 straight overall) from 1993-2002. The last Brave, regardless of position, to win three straight was OF Ender Inciarte, who won from 2016-18.

FILE – Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, center, celebrates after hitting a walk-off two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Atlanta. (FILE AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Swanson, 28, finished the year with the second-best fielding percentage (.986) among qualified MLB shortstops. He committed only eight errors across 592 defensive chances. Additionally, his 21 outs above average and 16 runs prevented each ranked second among qualified MLB defenders. Swanson started all 162 games for the Braves in 2022 and amassed 1,433.0 innings in the field, second most in MLB behind teammate Matt Olson (1,441.0). He became the first shortstop in franchise history to start all 162 games at the position in a single season.

Prior to Swanson, Andrelton Simmons was Atlanta’s last Gold Glove honoree at shortstop, earning the award in 2014.

After Fried and OF Adam Duvall were honored in 2021, along with Fried and Swanson this season, Atlanta has garnered multiple Gold Glove Award winners in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the club had two in both 2002 and 2003. Andruw Jones won it in each of those seasons, joined by Maddux in 2002 and LHP Mike Hampton in 2003.


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