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Burks earns 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove® Award
Left fielder becomes third straight Pelican to win honor
09/26/2016 12:32 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (September 26, 2016) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans outfielder Charcer Burks has been named a 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® recipient for defensive excellence in left field, Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. announced Monday. For the third year in a row, a Myrtle Beach player has won a Gold Glove, with Burks following Hanser Alberto (shortstop, 2014) and Trey Martin (center field, 2015).

Burks made just four errors over 124 games throughout the 2016 season. After committing a miscue in the second game of a doubleheader at Salem on June 28, the Houston native did not make an error during the final 54 games of the regular season. His eight outfield assists also tied for seventh in the Carolina League.

A ninth-round pick by the Chicago Cubs out of William B. Travis High School (Richmond, Texas) in 2013, Burks batted .247/.356/.407 with 28 doubles, five triples, a career-high 11 home runs and 43 RBIs on the season. Including the postseason, the 21-year-old reached in 66 of his final 70 games, hitting .268/.369/.418 with 16 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 31 RBIs during that span.  

Like the other eight recipients of the Gold Glove, Burks will receive his award, modeled after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball's top defensive players, during the 2017 season. The 2016 Minor League Baseball recipients of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® are as follows:

Position

Player

Minor League Team(s)

Organization

1B

Matt Skole

Syracuse (AAA)

Washington

2B

Joey DeMichele

Birmingham (AA)

Chicago (AL)

SS

Zach Vincej

Pensacola (AA)

Cincinnati

3B

Carlos Rivero

Reno (AAA)

Arizona

LF

Charcer Burks

Myrtle Beach (A+)

Chicago (NL)

CF

Greg Allen

Lynchburg (A+), Akron (AA)

Cleveland

RF

Mike Gerber

Lakeland (A+), Erie (AA)

Detroit

C

Jose Trevino

High Desert (A+)

Texas

P

James Naile

Beloit (A), Stockton (A+), Midland (AA), Nashville (AAA)

Oakland

To be eligible to receive the Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, players must have participated in one of the 10 domestic-based, full-season leagues, and shown outstanding defensive skills. The Rawlings Gold Glove Award® was re-introduced to Minor League Baseball in 2011 after an almost 50-year hiatus.

The 2016 season was the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2016, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in each of the last five seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last five years and the best in the Carolina League for five straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made ten postseason appearances behind 12 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season and second half of 2016. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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