GREENSBORO, N.C. - Long Beach State's All-American catcher David Banuelos continues to pull in postseason accolades. On Wednesday, the junior was included as the catcher on the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I Gold Glove Team, recognizing him as the best defensive catcher in the country by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Just last week, the ABCA named Banuelos a Second Team All-American, giving him three All-American honors this season. This is the second consecutive season that Long Beach State has had a player on the Div. I Gold Glove Team; shortstop Garrett Hampson was a member of the squad in 2016. Both players earned Gold Glove recognition after winning the Big West Defensive Player of the Year award in their respective seasons.
Banuelos, who is also one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, earned a reputation as an elite defensive catcher in 2017 thanks to his exceptional rate of throwing out opposing basestealers. He allowed just 12 stolen bases in 32 attempts, good for just a 37.5 percent success rate for opponents. Banuelos beat out other Gold Glove finalists Jake Sidwell from Davidson and Matt Whatley from Oral Roberts.
Long Beach State senior Daniel Jackson was one of four finalists for the Gold Glove spot at first base, but the honor went to Kentucky's Evan White. Jackson made just one error in 588 chances at first and behind the plate as Banuelos' backup, good for a .998 fielding percentage.
Next up for Banuelos will be the announcement of the Johnny Bench Award winner on June 29. Banuelos, Whatley, or Louisiana Tech's Brent Diaz will be announced the winner at an awards banquet in Wichita, Kan., claiming the award given to the top catcher in college baseball.
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