A 2016 Midwest Leaguer is among the nine Minor League Baseball players announced as recipients of Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Monday.
The award winners were chosen from the 10 domestic-based, full-season MiLB leagues, with a player selected for each position. They each get a Rawlings Gold Glove Award modeled after the one given to Major League Baseball’s top defensive players.
“These nine players were truly the finest in the field this summer, and it is my pleasure to honor them with a Rawlings Gold Glove Award,” Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a press release. “These players displayed extraordinary skills at their positions this season, and on behalf of Minor League Baseball, I congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment.”
Oakland Athletics prospect James Naile, who spent half the 2016 season with the Beloit Snappers, is the pitcher who received the award. He posted a perfect fielding percentage on 48 chances in 156.2 innings pitched in 28 games (26 starts) for Beloit and three other A’s farm teams.
The other award winners, listed with their MLB organization and when they played in the Midwest League (if applicable), are:
1B Matt Skole (Washington Nationals)
2B Joey DeMichele (Chicago White Sox)
SS Zach Vincej (Cincinnati Reds; played for Dayton Dragons in 2013)
3B Carlos Rivero (Arizona Diamondbacks)
LF Charcer Burks (Chicago Cubs; played for South Bend in 2015)
CF Greg Allen (Cleveland Indians; played for Lake County Captains in 2015)
RF Mike Gerber (Detroit Tigers; played for West Michigan Whitecaps in 2014-15)
C Jose Trevino (Texas Rangers)