Astros' Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel win first Gold Gloves

Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel have teamed up for several sensational defensive plays

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Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) run back to the dugout at the end of the top of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) run back to the dugout at the end of the top of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.Karen Warren/Staff photographer

Carlos Correa has possessed one of the strongest arms in baseball since he broke into the big leagues seven years ago. On Sunday, he won his first American League Gold Glove.

According to defensive metrics, Correa saved 27 runs with his defense, which was the most in the big leagues at any position.

"It's an award I've been trying to win ever since I got to the big leagues and the moment is finally here," Correa said on the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show, televised by ESPN. 

Yuli Gurriel, who spent most of his international career playing third base before signing with the Astros in 2016 and making the move to first base, also won his first Gold Glove. Gurriel saved five runs with his defense, which was tied for the second-most among American League first basemen. The 37-year-old Gurriel, who is the oldest position player to win his first Gold Glove, had the best year of his major league career, also winning the American League batting title, hitting .319.

"Having Yuli at first makes the job so much easier for an infielder," Correa said. "At shortstop, I just throw the ball and I know he's going to catch it someway."

Correa, who is a free agent and could get as much as $300 million on the open market, is the first Astros shortstop to win a Gold Glove since Roger Metzger did it in 1973.

Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, right fielder Kyle Tucker and pitcher Zack Greinke also were finalists, but lost out to Oakland's Sean Murphy, the Yankees and Rangers Joey Gallo and Chicago's Dallas Keuchel. It is the fifth career Gold Glove for Keuchel, who won four of them with the Astros. Greinke has won six Gold Gloves in his career.

Former Astros center fielder Myles Straw also was nominated, but the Royals' Michael A. Taylor won the award for American League center fielders.

Gold Gloves are given out after voting by the managers and coaching staffs. The SABR Defensive Index also accounts for 25 percent of the selection process.