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Washington Nationals' Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper named Gold Glove finalists

Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos, 28, and right fielder Bryce Harper, 22, were named Gold Glove finalists this afternoon when Rawlings announced the candidates at each position. Will either win their respective categories?

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Wilson Ramos finally made it through a full season again, after a few injury-impacted campaigns in the nation's capital.

Unfortunately, the offensive numbers weren't what was expected from the Washington Nationals' 28-year-old catcher, who played in a career-high 128 games and made a career-high 504 plate appearances, but put up a .229/.258/.358 line (down from .267/.299/.399 in 2014) with 16 doubles and 15 home runs in a 0.4 fWAR campaign, which followed back-to-back 1.5 fWAR seasons.

Defensively, Ramos put up a .995 fielding percentage and a career-high 44% caught stealing percentage on the year in 2015.

Washington Post writer James Wagner noted, in an early October article on what Ramos was able to accomplish defensively, that he allowed the fewest passed balls in the National League (3) and the second-fewest wild pitches among qualified National League catchers (26).

According to, Ramos' nine Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) were the NL's highest amongst qualified catchers in the NL as well, tied with San Francisco Giants' backstop Buster Posey ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals' backstop Yadier Molina.

Those three catchers were named the National League's finalist for Rawlings' Gold Glove award this afternoon when the glove-makers announced their 2015 finalists.

Joining Ramos among the Gold Glove finalists in the National League is Nationals' right fielder Bryce Harper, who is up against the New York Mets' Curtis Granderson and the St. Louis Cardinals' Jason Heyward.

Harper, 22, who is also a frontrunner for the NL's MVP after a .330/.460/.649, 38 double, 42 HR, 9.5 fWAR campaign in the nation's capital, was fourth in the National League in DRS (7) amongst qualified right fielders, with a .975 fld%, eight outfield assists and seven errors on the season.

As the Nationals noted in a press release on the nominations, "[Harper] ranked fourth among National League right fielders in the SABR Defensive Index (4.9) and, according to, Harper ranked second in Outfield Runs Saved (2) and fourth in Total Defensive Runs Saved (7). According to STATS Inc., Harper ranked third among National League outfielders in Range Factor/9.0 innings (2.07) and Putouts/9.0 innings (2.01)."

The winners of the 2015 Gold Gloves will be announced on November 10th. CLICK HERE for the full list of finalists.