Fulton, Mo., June 24, 2021 - Westminster College Blue Jay center fielder Steven Diaz (Highland, Il. / Highland) has been awarded an American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove for his outstanding fielding. The junior is one of nine NCAA Division III players to be awarded a gold glove. Diaz had an outstanding season in center field for the Blue Jays. He started 40 games for the Jays. In those 40 games he had 125 putouts without a single error. He also contributed five outfield assists. This outstanding errorless season earned him the first ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove in Westminster College baseball history.
The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove awards are selected by ABCA coaches committees at each level: NCAA Div. I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Div. I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and High School. Due to varying start dates from COVID-19 protocols, high school honorees will be selected and named later this summer.
The ABCA/Rawlings Award Program is one of the most comprehensive in all of sports, awarding All-America Teams and Gold Glove Teams in nine divisions of amateur baseball as well as All-Region Teams in five divisions.
The ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams date back to 1949 starting with one collegiate All-America Team. Other divisions subsequently added until the current total of nine was reached. The first ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams were recognized in 2007, making this the 14th year the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards have been presented in the collegiate and high school ranks.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 13,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.