Wilmington, DE - Former Wilmington Blue Rocks Eric Hosmer and Zack Greinke were named Rawlings Gold Glove winners on Tuesday. Fellow Wilmington alum Salvador Perez was a finalist for his fifth consecutive award, but finished second in the voting among AL catchers. The awards were voted on by managers and coaches from the American and National Leagues and honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in both leagues.
Hosmer took home his fourth career gold glove as a Royal. He previously won from 2013-2015. The first baseman is no stranger to awards. He won a batting crown with Wilmington in 2010. Hosmer debuted with the Rocks as a 19-year-old the previous season, but struggled -- barely cracking the Mendoza line in two months at Frawley Stadium. In his encore as a Rock, he exploded for 42 extra-base hits in only 87 games before being promoted to Double-A.
Greinke appeared in one game for the Rocks in 2002, before dominating on the Riverfront in 2003. He went 11-1 with a scant 1.14 ERA in 14 starts with Wilmington. The 2009 American League Cy Young winner captured his fourth straight Gold Glove for the Diamondbacks by posting a perfect fielding percentage this season. His 56 total chances without an error were the most by a National League pitcher since 2013.
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