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Northwoods League and Rawlings Announce ‘Finest in the Field’ Awards

2017 Top Defenders Rewarded for Best Fielding Percentages

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League has announced the recipients of the 2017 Rawlings ‘Finest in the Field’ Award. 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 2017 Rawlings ‘Finest in the Field’ Award recipients and their fielding percentages are below.

Position

Player

NWL Team

College

Fielding Percentage

C

David Noworyta

Rochester Honkers

Hawaii

.996

1B

Kyle Hubbuch

Duluth Huskies

North Alabama

.994

2B

Matthew Tarantino

St. Cloud Rox

University of the Pacific

.985

3B

David Villar

La Crosse Loggers

South Florida

.946

SS

Justin Evans

Eau Claire Express

Columbus State

.943

OF

Cody Hawken

Battle Creek Bombers

University of Portland

1.000

OF

Zach Ashford

Eau Claire Express

Fresno State

1.000

OF

Mason Mamarella

St. Cloud Rox

Kent State

1.000

OF

Drake Lubin

Lakeshore Chinooks

Eastern Michigan

1.000

P

Cameron Busby

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

Belmont Abbey

1.000

Rawlings has been rewarding the top defenders in the Northwoods League since 2002. The recipients receive a special Rawlings engraved trophy. 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.

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 24-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 180 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (LAD) and Lucas Duda (TBR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.