NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt’s Connor Kaiser has been named among four shortstop finalists for the coveted ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. 1 Gold Glove Award, the organization announced Tuesday.
The junior is joined by Tyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist), Chris Givin (Xavier) and Cadyn Grenier (Oregon State) as finalists at the position. Kaiser is looking to become the fourth Commodore to collect the Gold Glove Award when the honor is announced Wednesday.
The Overland Park, Kan., native boasted a .988 fielding percentage in 59 starts. Kaiser committed just three errors in 244 total chances while helping turn 31 double plays. He played error-free baseball in his first 44 games of the season and made just one over his first 55 starts.
With the help of Kaiser, Vanderbilt set a new program record in fielding percentage (.981), besting the previous mark of .979 set in 2015. The Dores currently lead the SEC in the category and rank fifth nationally.
A season ago, center fielder Jeren Kendall was named the Dores’ first Gold Glove winner since Vince Conde did so in 2014. The Holmen, Wisc. native made just six errors in his career, including only one during the Commodores’ 2017 campaign. Sonny Gray was the first Vandy player to garner the accolade, doing so in 2011.
The Rawlings Gold Glove winners have been selected since 2007 in the collegiate and high school ranks, featuring many future Major League Baseball players. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are selected by ABCA coaches committees at each level.