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Northwoods League Announces ‘Finest in the Field’ Awards

2015 Top Defenders Rewarded for Best Fielding Percentages

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League has announced the recipients of the 2015 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 2015 Rawlings ‘Finest in the Field’ Award recipients and their fielding percentages are below.

Position

Player

NWL Team

College

Fielding Percentage

C

Liam Bedford

St. Cloud Rox

Doane College

.995

1B

Ryan Cleveland

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

Georgia Southern

.990

2B

Ty Blankmeyer

Green Bay Bullfrogs

St. John’s University

.973

3B

William Paschal

Rochester Honkers

Georgia Gwinnett

.933

SS

Matt Batten

Thunder Bay Border Cats

Quinnipiac University

.978

OF

Jake Romano

Lakeshore Chinooks

Miami of Ohio

1.000

OF

Cameron Frost

Madison Mallards

Washington State

1.000

OF

Cole Krzmarzick

Rochester Honkers

Nevada

1.000

P

Toby Anderson

Duluth Huskies

Minnesota

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 22-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 140 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 (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (KC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.c