This afternoon, Minor League Baseball released the list of 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for the minor leagues. Only players from the full-season team affiliates were eligible; there’s no one from rookie ball here. The names:
Catcher: Payton Henry, Wisconsin (Low-A): Sixth round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016 from high school in Utah, threw out 44% of runners, fielded .996 and gave up only six passed balls in 93 games.
First Base: Evan White, Modesto (High-A) and Tacoma (Triple-A): First-rounder in 2017 from the University of Kentucky by the Seattle Mariners, made just four errors for a .996 fielding percentage while demonstrating plenty of range, considered potential gold glove in the majors.
Second Base: Daniel Brito, Lakewood (Low-A) and Clearwater (High-A): Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies out of Venezuela in 2014, Brito led minor league second basemen with a .988 fielding percentage.
Third Base: Ke’Bryan Hayes, Altoona (Double-A): Third round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015, led the minors with .978 fielding percentage at the hot corner while drawing raves from scouts for his defensive acumen and instincts; he won the award last year as well.
Shortstop: Blake Trahan, Louisville (Triple-A): Third round pick in 2015 by the Cincinnati Reds from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette; made only eight errors in 127 games at shortstop for a .984 fielding percentage.
Left Field: Troy Stokes, Biloxi (Double-A): Fourth round pick in 2014 by the Brewers from high school in Baltimore, Maryland, Stokes made just one error in 114 games in left field and is fast enough that he stole 19 bases.
Center Field: Bryce Johnson, San Jose (High-A): Sixth round pick by the San Francisco Giants out of Sam Houston State University in 2017; another speedster and extremely reliable, playing errorless ball in 112 games in center field.
Right Field: Logan Baldwin, Augusta (Low-A): Another Giants prospect, a 21st round pick in 2017 from Georgia Southern University, made just two errors in right field while collecting 13 assists and showing above-average range.
Pitcher: Bernardo Flores, Winston-Salem (High-A) and Birmingham (Double-A): Seventh round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2016 from the University of Southern California, played errorless ball in 2018 and has made just one miscue in 339 career innings pitched.