Arenado, High School Teammate Claim NL, AL Platinum Glove Awards

Back in the spring of 2009, senior Nolan Arenado was the starting third baseman at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Ca. Matt Chapman was his sophomore understudy.

Now look at them.

They are All-Stars in Major League Baseball, and considered the two best defensive third basemen in baseball.

On Friday, they received the 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, which go annually to the best defensive player in each league, regardless of position. The winners are selected by fan vote from among the Gold Glove winners at each position.

Arenado won the award for the second consecutive season. Chapman is a first-time winner, joining Adrian Beltre, who won the award in 2011 and 2012, and Manny Machado, the 2013 winner, as third basemen to win the award.

Arenado and Chapman are the first former high school teammates to earn the award in the same year, and their selections mark the first time that players from the same position won the award for both leagues in the same year.

Chapman had 29 runs saved, according to FanGraphs, 22 more than runner-ups Johan Camargo of the Braves and Evan Longoria of the Giants. Arenado, who led MLB third baseman the three previous years in defensive runs saved, had five in 2018.

Chapman won a Gold Glove for the first time this season, while Arenado won his sixth in six big-league seasons.

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