The Arizona Diamondbacks can now say that they picked up a Gold Glover when they traded away Justin Upton last winter. Light-hitting shortstop Nick Ahmed, 23, made the grade for Rawlings and Minor League Baseball based on his outstanding play at shortstop for the Double-A Mobile Bay Bears where he posted a .980 fielding percentage and made just 13 errors. Ahmed didn’t have a great year with the bat, hitting .236/.288/.324 but showed excellent speed with 26 stolen bases in 33 attempts.
Center fielder Dalton Pompey is the second Canadian to win a Minor League Gold Glove award this year and the youngest of the award winners, having been drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2010 draft out of John Fraser Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario (just outside of Toronto). With the Lansing Lugnuts in 2013, Pompey had a very solid season, hitting .261/.358/.394 and stealing 38 bases as a 20 year old. Playing center field for the Lugnuts, Pompey did not make an error and had eight outfield assists in over 230 total chances.
Randal Grichuk, 22, earned his Gold Glove playing right field for the Arkansas Travelers in the Double-A Texas League. Grichuk, drafted by the Angels out of Texas’s Lamar Consolidated High School in the first round of the 2009 draft, posted another solid season with his bat moving up a level from last year. He hit .256/.306/.474 with 27 doubles, eight triples and 22 home runs on the season. He also showed off his strong arm, throwing out 11 runners on the bases.
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