ST. PETERSBURG -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas has been so spectacular and dependable in the field this season that he might merit Gold Glove consideration.
"I would think," manager Ned Yost said.
When Moustakas came up from the Minors last year, the expectation was that he'd be an average fielder. But, after intensive work with infield coach Eddie Rodriguez, Moustakas has rated extensive praise.
"He's better than any third baseman I've ever had as a manager, by far, defensive-wise. He's as good as anybody I've seen," Yost said.
That includes Yost's time as a coach with the Braves.
"Chipper [Jones] was there, Terry Pendleton was there and they were very solid third basemen, but he's as every bit as good defensively as they were," Yost said. "Just whenever I see a ball hit that way, I don't even think twice about it. That's a good feeling."
It might be a stretch to expect Moustakas to bump the Rangers' Adrian Beltre as the American League third baseman on the Gold Glove team, but his reputation is growing.
"He's been unbelievable," Yost said.