Duvall’s Gold Glove in RF a first for Marlins

November 8th, 2021

When the Marlins signed Adam Duvall in mid-February, they did so in the hopes of adding much-needed pop to the lineup. What they didn't expect was how much value he would provide in the outfield.

Duvall, whom Miami dealt to Atlanta at the Trade Deadline, was named the National League's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner for right field on Sunday night. He beat out five-time recipient Mookie Betts and the Giants' Mike Yastrzemski.

The 33-year-old Duvall becomes the first Marlin to win a Gold Glove since left fielder Marcell Ozuna in 2017, when Duvall was a runner-up with the Reds. He also was a finalist in '18. No player in franchise history had received the honor in right.

Before joining the Marlins, Duvall had played just 27 games (23 starts) and 185 1/3 innings at the position during his first seven big league seasons. Most of those reps came in 2020 with the Braves.

"I've played there before in the past, and I feel comfortable with it," Duvall had said during Spring Training. "I did forget how much running right field has to do, especially when you've got a bunch of guys that sink the ball and get a bunch of ground balls. I've got to make sure my legs are ready for the season."

Across 537 frames in right field between Miami and Atlanta in 2021, Duvall ranked near the top in several categories with:

• 10 Total Zone Runs (second)

• 7 assists (third)

Duvall made 66 appearances (58 starts) in right for Miami, committing just one error and recording all seven assists in 519 frames. He also saw time in left (51 games) and center (30) with the Marlins and Braves.

"Duvy's got a cannon, you don't really realize it, but he throws really well, and he moves good out there," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said in April. "I know there were some worries about moving him to right, but this guy profiles out there. He does everything you want to do from that spot."

The Marlins traded Duvall, who was unlikely to pick up his portion of a mutual option for 2022, to the Braves on July 30 for former top catching prospect Alex Jackson. Duvall appeared in right field 11 more times (one start), helping Atlanta to its first World Series title in 26 years.