The conversation started about Eric Chavez, one of Ron Washington’s prized pupils who won six Gold Gloves as a third baseman with the Oakland Athletics and is now playing well for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Talk eventually shifted to another one of Washington’s pupils, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

Andrus is one of the top defensive shortstops in the game today. He started the season without committing an error in his first 120 chances, but had committed three errors in the past week going into Monday’s games.

Washington said Andrus simply needs to learn how to get through the inevitable “mental fatigue” over the course of the season, like Chavez and Adrian Beltre have done.

“Beltre, you never see him lose his mental edge,” Washington said. “Elvis is a young kid and he’s still learning.”

Andrus has grown over his five years in the big leagues, learning how to have a short memory when it comes to committing an error. In his early years, Andrus would let an error weigh on his mind.

“Now it’s different,” he said. “If you play every day you have to understand you’re going to make errors. Just try to stay with the positives and turn the page on the negatives.”

Andrus, 24, certainly has the talent to become a Gold Glove winner, and admitted that’s high on his list of career goals behind a World Series ring.

“Any player would want to win a Gold Glove, it means you’re consistent and mentally ready every day,” Andrus said. “It comes with experience. You have to adapt to different situations.”