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Northwoods League Announces Rawlings ‘Finest In The Field’ Awards

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(Pictured: Zack Domingues)

Zack Domingues Represents Rafters Among League’s Best Fielders

Rochester, Minn.- The Northwoods League has announced the recipients of the 2014 “Finest In The Field” award. The annual award recognizes the top fielder at each position. The winners are selected based on final fielding percentage statistics compiled by league statistician Pointstreak.

Adding to his growing list of postseason accolades, Zack Domingues was named to the 2014 Rawlings “Finest In The Field” team as the top fielding shortstop in the Northwoods League. Manning the shortstop position for the Rafters in every game he played, Dominguez committed just 12 errors in 277 total chances for a fielding percentage of .958.

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. To qualify for the 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 number of total defensive chances without committing an error earns the top spot.

The complete list of Rawlings ‘Finest In The Field’ Award recipients and their fielding percentages are below.

Position

Player

NWL Team

College

Fielding Percentage

C

Ryan Lidge

Kalamazoo Growlers

Notre Dame

0.985

1B

Brendon Hayden

Wisconsin Woodchucks

Virginia Tech

0.990

2B

Pat MacKenzie

Waterloo Bucks

Central Michigan

0.992

3B

Brant Valach

Lakeshore Chinooks

Eastern Illinois

0.943

SS

Zack Domingues

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

Long Beach State

0.958

OF

Jordan Smith

Rochester Honkers

Minnesota

1.000

OF

Brett Siddall

Lakeshore Chinooks

Canisius

1.000

OF

Cory Kay

Thunder Bay Border Cats

Missouri State

0.993

P

J.D. Nielsen

Kenosha Kingfish

Illinois

1.000


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The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.