Mauer -- who was not a finalist for a Gold Glove at first base -- ranked third in SABR's defensive index this season with a 3.8 SDI. Amongst American League first basemen, he trailed only Carlos Santana and Mitch Moreland, who were both finalists. Eric Hosmer -- who won the award -- was a -2.6, ahead of only Yonder Alonso. These numbers are supposed to account for "approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove selection process," per SABR's website. Mauer was robbed. My source for this claim? Math.
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Byron Buxton, Twins outfielder (↑ UP)
His Gold Glove win was inevitable. The highest-rated center fielder in baseball per SABR's defensive index, Buxton beat second-place Lorenzo Cain 20.0 to 10.1, and made so many spectacular catches this season, we devoted an entire article to them. He's a generational talent in the field, and at just 23 should win several more of these.
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Brian Dozier, Twins second baseman (↑ UP)
Dozier was perfectly fine on defense this season, but it was a bit of a surprise to see the veteran slugger win his first Gold Glove award Tuesday night. He hit .271/.359/.498 with 34 home runs in 2017, and becomes the second player in Twins history to win a second-base Gold Glove, following Chuck Knoblauch in 1997.
Devan Dubnyk, Wild goalie (↓ DOWN)
The Minnesota Wild are in a tough spot early this season -- they've lost three of their last four -- and Dubnyk is struggling in a big way. He was pulled Monday after allowing four goals on 24 shots in a loss to the Boston Bruins, dropping his save percentage to .907 on the season. The underlying numbers aren't encouraging: he ranks 30th in the league in low-danger save percentage -- saves made on shots that come from areas of the ice considered difficult to score from -- at .966, down from .977 a year ago.
Casey Mittelstadt, Gophers forward (↑ UP)
This is less about Mittelstadt's play -- he has a perfectly fine nine points in nine games -- and more about his personality. He scored a solid goal Saturday in the Gophers' win over Michigan State, saving a potential turnover by bumping his man off the puck, before picking the blocker-side corner from the slot on a feed from Rem Pitlick. He then skated the length of the Spartans' bench with his hand raised, looking for a high five. He didn't get one.
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Sam Bradford, Vikings quarterback (↓ DOWN)
Bradford was officially placed on injured reserve Wednesday morning, ending his season after just two games. Head coach Mike Zimmer left the door open for Bradford to return in the playoffs, which seems like an awfully diplomatic thing to say after the 30-year-old looked thoroughly hobbled in his brief return to action last month.
Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings quarterback (↑ UP)
More than a year after shredding his knee in a horrifying noncontact injury, Bridgewater is back. The 24-year-old quarterback was activated Wednesday ahead of the Vikings' matchup with the Washington Redskins, the first time he's been on the active roster since August 2016. Zimmer rained on the Teddy parade when he named Case Keenum the starter for the Washington game, but with Bradford on the shelf and Keenum poised to turn back into a pumpkin at some point, he's likely to play soon enough.