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McGinnis Wins Finest in the Field Award

Waterloo, Iowa – The Northwoods League has announced that Waterloo Bucks catcher Adam McGinnis is the winner of a 2016 Rawlings “Finest in the Field” Award.  McGinnis, who is now a senior at Western Illinois University, finished the season with the NWL’s best fielding percentage for a catcher.  The Normal, Illinois native finished with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 236 total chances on the year. 

In his second year with Waterloo, McGinnismcginnis-adam was named the 2016 Bucks Roth Jewelers Player of the Year.  McGinnis was named to the Mid-Season NWL All-Star Team and was recently named to Perfect Game’s 2016 Summer Collegiate All-American Team Honorable Mention squad.

The annual award recognizes the top fielders at each position. The winners are selected based on final fielding statistics compiled by league statistician Pointstreak. The 2016 Rawlings ‘Finest in the Field’ Award recipients and their field percentages are below.

Position

Player

NWL Team

College

Fielding Percentage

C

Adam McGinnis

Waterloo

W. Illinois

1.000

1B

Ben Fisher

Wisconsin Rapids

E. Kentucky

.994

2B

Jake Lumley

Wisconsin Rapids

Canisius

.987

3B

Patrick Cromwell

Wisconsin Rapids

Clemson

.949

SS

Mason McCoy

La Crosse

Iowa

.969

OF

Logan Mattix

Wisconsin Rapids

Georgia Coll.

1.000

OF

Joe Duncan

Lakeshore

E. Illinois

1.000

OF

Dean Miller

Battle Creek

Riverside CC

1.000

P

Kenny Ogg

Eau Claire

Ohio

1.000

 

Rawlings has been rewarding the top defenders in the Northwoods League since 2002. The recipients receive a special Rawlings baseball glove mounted on an engraved trophy base. Rawlings is the official equipment provider for the Northwoods League. To qualify for an award a player needs to appear in at least two-thirds of the scheduled games at a specific position, with the exception of catcher which is half. For pitchers, the player that had the highest total defensive chances without committing an error earns the number one spot.

The Bucks play at Riverfront Stadium where the team welcomed a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.  Team ownership has invested more than $170,000 in improvements since the end of the 2014 season including painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, group outing areas, and concessions equipment.  Bucks 2017 Season Tickets are now on sale.  Fans are encouraged to call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633 to order.  Fans can stay in touch with the Bucks during the off-season by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com or using the Waterloo Bucks app.

 

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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit http://www.waterloobucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bucks as your favorite team.