Chiefs 1B Matt Skole Wins 2016 Gold Glove

First baseman Matt Skole posted a .999 fielding percentage in 97 games earning him a gold glove

(Rick Nelson/Syracuse Chiefs)

September 26, 2016 11:06 AM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., today announced Minor League Baseball's recipients of the 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. Each player will receive his own Rawlings Gold Glove Award, modeled after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball's top defensive players, during the 2017 season.

"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 rekindled the Minor League award platform back 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." 

First baseman Matt Skole posted a .999 fielding percentage in 97 games with Syracuse. A sixth-year pro out of Georgia Tech University, Skole made only one error in 874 chances at first base. Skole, 27, was selected by Washington in the fifth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. 

The 2016 Minor League Baseball recipients of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® are as follows:

Position

Player

Minor League Team(s)

Major League 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

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