While winning a gold glove in the major leagues is more prestigious, a minor league gold glove is considerably more difficult as Rawlings only awards one prize per position despite there being four full-season leagues in total.
But that didn't stop Akron's Greg Allen from claiming the title as the best defensive center fielder in all of minor league baseball.
Here's what the MiLB.com award announcement had to say about Allen's defensive prowess:
Akron RubberDucks center fielder Greg Allen recorded a .994 fielding percentage in 128 games as he made two errors in 332 chances. Allen, who split the season between Class-A Lynchburg and Double-A Akron, also posted a career-high 15 outfield assists. Allen, 23, was selected by Cleveland in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of San Diego State University.
Originally called the "Silver Glove" back in the 1960's, Rawlings discontinued the award for over 50 years until revitalizing it in 2011. Allen is the first member of the Cleveland Indians minor league organization to take home the honor since it was brought back.
Allen began 2016 in High-A Lynchburg where he batted .298 from the leadoff position for one of the most potent offenses in the minor leagues. He earned a trip to Double-A Akron where he stayed hot, batting .290 to help the RubberDucks capture the Eastern League championship. He scored 119 runs in total on the year, the most in all of minor league baseball.
The talented speedster is also known for his base-stealing ability, swiping 45 bags on the season. He is currently listed as the number 19-ranked prospect in the Tribe system, although personally, I feel he should be significantly higher.
Here are a few of his defensive highlights from this past season, enjoy!
Greg Allen can play defense! See him July 4th! Hillcats Box office is open today 12-4 pm or buy your tickets online! pic.twitter.com/pE65pkCPFE— Lynchburg Hillcats (@HillcatBaseball) July 3, 2016