BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Seniors A.J. Hunt (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Univ. School) and Tyler Wise (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park HS) were named 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners as selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Birmingham-Southern baseball is the only program to have two players represented on the nine-man team. The Panthers have had three honorees during their time in NCAA Division III.
"AJ and Tyler are very deserving of these Gold Glove Awards," said Head Coach Jan Weisberg. "AJ has been a tremendous catcher for three years. He changed the games behind the plate with is receiving and blocking skills. Tyler turned into our best defender on the infield."
This is the first honor of the season from the ABCA for Hunt. Wise was named second-team all-region by the ABCA earlier this year. It has been four years since BSC had a student-athlete recognized on the Gold Glove team when Sam Roberts earned a spot as an outfielder.
According to Rawlings, the Gold Glove "represents overall fielding excellence, and is not an award based solely on field metrics and statistics, nor does it factor offensive production.
2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III Gold Glove Team
P Jake Binder, Ithaca
C A.J. Hunt, Birmingham-Southern
1B Tyler Wise, Birmingham-Southern
2B Danny Strohm, Webster
3B Ryan Motter, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
SS Joey Zwak, St. Scholastica
OF Davis Purviance, Aurora
OF Cullen Motsinger, Texas Lutheran
OF Jared Cantu, North Park
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