Overstreet Earns Gold Glove Award

Who are the most optimistic people? A case can be made that it is baseball people looking ahead to the next season. "Wait 'til next year!" And in the case of Alabama that optimism for the future is in great part because of performances by Bama freshmen in the 2013 season.

One of those Alabama freshmen from the just-concluded season is Kyle Overstreet. He was a late-season sensation nationally when a spectacular double play by Bama in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in a win over Auburn made ESPN's top ten plays of the day.

That play started with freshman shortstop Mikey White gloving a hard ground ball behind second base. He flipped it out of his glove to Overstreet, who grabbed it bare-handed, stepped on second base, and fired to first to get the twin-killing.

Double plays were not unusual for Alabama. The Crimson Tide turned in 80 in 2013, second most in the nation. Overstreet was involved in 67 of those double plays, 83 per cent.

Overstreet's overall defensive work resulted in him being selected as the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove second baseman. The selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association means that Overstreet was recognized as the best defensive player at his position in Division I baseball.

Overstreet started all 63 games at second base in his first Bama season. He was named to the All-Freshman Team. The native of Boaz committed just six errors in 363 attempts for a .983 fielding percentage.

At the plate, Overstreet had a .271 batting average, with 37 RBI, 23 runs scored, 8 doubles and a triple. He was the toughest batter in the Crimson Tide lineup to strike out, only 23 whiffs in 262 trips to the plate, or once in 10.2 official at-bats.

Overstreet is the second Alabama player to win the ABCA Gold Glove, and he's in very good company. Former Tide centerfielder Taylor Dugas earned the award following the 2011 season.

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