On Sunday, Rawlings announced the winners of the 2019 Gold Glove award, which is presented annually to the best fielder at each position in each of the National and American leagues. Managers and coaches are responsible for 75 percent of the voting, while the remainder is a sabermetric component provided by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop and former UConn baseball great Nick Ahmed earned the 2019 award, after doing the same last season.
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At shortstop, Ahmed committed 13 errors in 632 chances for a .979 fielding percentage, which was fourth among National League shortstops. In addition, 92 percent of the balls he fielded resulted in at least one out, which led National League shortstops.
In addition, he paced shortstops in the senior circuit with 18 defensive runs saved, which was good for eighth in Major League Baseballand first among those that only play the infield.
Ahmed is the only former UConn baseball player to win the prestigious award. He was a member of a stacked 2010 NCAA tournament team that included George Springer and Matt Barnes.