Note: Ike Davis, the Gold Glove Award, and His Defense

Tomorrow, the National League Gold Glove Awards will be announced, and although Ike Davis committed nine errors in 2010, he owned the highest Ultimate Zone Rating, or UZR among all first basemen in the league at 10.1.

I’m just starting to grasp sabermetrics and get a basic understanding of what these statistics mean, but that and the errors aside, Davis surprised me in general with the glove this season. He made some unbelievable catches over the dugout railing this season, and for such a young kid, he seemed generally poised at first base, and never took his mid-summer struggles out to the field with him at any point.

I’m not sure if he will win the Gold Glove, but the fact that he is even in the discussion is very impressive, and I am looking forward to him refining his craft both offensively and defensively next season.

Davis hit .264 with 19 home runs and 71 RBI in 523 at bats in 2010, and his 19 home runs was tied with Gaby Sanchez for third in the National League among rookies in home runs, and his 71 RBI was good for third place among rookies in the National League as well, trailing only Sanchez and Jason Heyward.