Wyatt Earns Rawlings Gold Glove Award

OMAHA, NE Former University of Georgia outfielder Jonathan Wyatt is among the inaugural Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for Division I, the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Sporting Goods announced here Monday.

Jonathan Wyatt, a 5-10, 180-pound native of Kennesaw, Ga., earned one of the nine Division I awards as selected by the ABCA. A starter on two College World Series teams in his career, Wyatt led all Southeastern Conference outfielders in 2007 with a perfect 1.000 Fielding Percentage in 164 total chances. A 13th-round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs, he is set to make his professional debut Tuesday as a member of the Boise Hawks, the Cubs Class "A" team in the Northwest League.

Wyatt compiled a .328 career batting average, 12 home runs, 103 RBI and 42 stolen bases for the Bulldogs from 2004-07. He ranks fifth in school history with 222 games played including 172 starts (70-CF, 69-LF, 16-RF, 9-2B, 8-DH). He ranks as one of the greatest Bulldog hitters in the postseason, batting .392-3-17 in 27 games including .316 at the CWS.

"Jonathan worked extremely hard during his Bulldog career and was a tremendous contributor for us throughout his four years here," said Georgia coach David Perno. "I'm proud to see him recognized as a Gold Glove winner, and we wish him continued success as a professional."

The collegiate and high school Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are being presented to NCAA Divisions I, II, and III players, NAIA players, NJCAA players, and high school players by Rawlings, in partnership with the ABCA. Nomination and voting criteria are the same as the ABCA Rawlings All-Region and All-American Awards, which are collegiate baseball's oldest selections, dating back to 1949. The players and their schools will each receive a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

"We are excited to be reaching out to college and high school student-athletes and offering them the opportunity to receive a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which for 50 years has been the greatest measurement of defensive excellence in baseball," said Rawlings President and General Manager Robert Parish. "This is something that never has been done before. We believe it's time to recognize defensive excellence at all levels of the game, and the award's 50th anniversary is the perfect time to begin doing just that."

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