Wagner First Tiger NAIA Gold Glove Honoree
Submitted on June 21, 2019
Georgetown College baseball experienced a first this week when the ABCA-Rawlings NAIA Gold Glove team was announced. The Tigers' Tyler Wagner had the best fielding percentage of any third baseman in the NAIA this past season, becoming the first GC player to win this national honor.
"I'm just so proud of Tyler and his accomplishments," said Georgetown coach Micah Baumfeld. "He never played third base in his life. It was the spot we needed him and he stepped up to get it done.”
"To have just three errors – two of which came in the final three weeks of the season – at a new position is phenomenal. He committed to doing what was best for the team and turned it into a Gold Glove season. Not to mention he's the first ever Tiger to do so. I just couldn't be more proud at this moment. True testament to his character and abilities as a baseball player."
Wagner spent much of his junior season playing first base, but he made the transition to third to help the team out as needed. He posted a .976 fielding percentage with just three errors in 47 games played – 36 starts.
The Tigers posted 45 wins this past season, tying the 2014 team with the most wins in a single season. GC's defense played a huge role in its success, as opponents managed 186 runs, just more than three runs a game on average.