Lakeland, FL - Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., today announced that Flying Tigers outfielder Mike Gerber was among the nine Minor League Baseball players who have been chosen as recipients of a 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® for defensive excellence at their positions. The honorees were selected among qualifying players from the 10 domestic-based, full-season Minor Leagues. They will each receive their own Rawlings Gold Glove Award, modeled after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball's top defensive players, during the 2017 season.
Gerber posted a 1.000 fielding percentage over 79 games in the outfield for the Flying Tigers before being promoted to AA Erie on July 21. He had 161 put outs with two assists and did not make an error in 163 total chances. Gerber was a steady offensive contributor as well batting .282 with 99 hits, 22 doubles, 14 home runs, 52 runs scored while driving in 60. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 15th round of the June 2014 draft while attending Creighton University.
"Congratulations to the nine outstanding Minor League Baseball players who deservedly won the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award®," said Mike Thompson, executive vice president of marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings. "Minor League Baseball is and will always continue to be a great partner of Rawlings, and we knew the Rawlings Gold Glove Award would be a popular goal for many young players when we decided to rekindle this award platform in 2011."
"These nine players were truly the finest in the field this summer and it is my pleasure to honor them with a Rawlings Gold Glove Award®," said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner. "These players displayed extraordinary skills at their positions this season, and on behalf of Minor League Baseball, I congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment."
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