KANSAS CITY – The National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics announced this afternoon the 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Team as determined by the American Baseball Coaches Association. This year, two members of the Vanguard Baseball squad were recognized on the list: Michael Fuchs and Brandon Sandoval. The duo makes the list in the same year, marking the third ever time such a feat has occurred. With Fuchs and Sandoval earning the nod in 2017, it now marks three total winners over the last three seasons after Jose Rojas won the first ever after the 2015 NAIA World Series run for the Lions. With its three victors, Vanguard is second all-time in total Gold Glove recipients.
Sandoval continues to rack up recognitions from his storied senior campaign. After being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels last week, he now adds the NAIA Gold Glove to his list of awards after winning GSAC Gold Glove his junior and senior seasons. The three-time GSAC player of the week was perfect in the field with 151 put outs and six assists from center field. He led the team in effective hitting percentage at .403 playing in 53 games on the season. He tallied 81 hits including 22 extra base hits and 67 runs. He was 33-37 in stolen bases which placed him first on his team and 16th in the nation.
Fuchs, new to the Lions lineup in 2017, found his home early in the season at third base. He held down that spot earning GSAC Gold Glove along with his fielding partner in shortstop Tanner Perry. Fuchs posted a fielding percentage of .981 as he tallied 116 assists and 42 put outs to only three errors on the hot corner – among the best in the nation. He was second on the team with a .350 batting average and he started all 55 of the games for the Blue and Gold. He generated 75 hits and 29 runs by way of 13 extra base hits. He posted 28 RBI's on the year and drew 10 walks.