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P-Nats RHP Taylor Hill Named Gold Glove Winner

October 1, 2013 - Carolina League (CarL) Potomac Nationals

Woodbridge, VA- Minor League BaseballTM and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., today jointly announced that 2013 Potomac Nationals RHP Taylor Hill has been selected as a recipient of a Minor League Baseball 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award=C2© for stellar defense at his position this season.

Hill, 24, joins a roster of nine MiLB players set to receive a 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award after honorees were selected among qualifying players from the 10 domestic, full-season Minor Leagues.

These defensive wizards will receive their trophies modeled after the iconic awards given to Major League Baseball's top defensive players during the 2014 season.

Hill becomes the second-ever Washington Nationals farmhand to secure a Rawlings Gold Glove Award after 2B Steve Lombardozzi was bestowed the honor following the 2011 campaign.

Hill owned a 1.000 fielding percentage across Class-A Advanced Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg, and Triple-A Syracuse in 2013 over the course of 28 appearances and 164.2 innings. Hill did not commit a single error in 46 total chances while recording 31 assists and making 15 putouts.

The control maven logged a combined overall record of (9-9) to complement a 2.95 earned run average while walking just 29 batters all season as a member of the Nationals, Senators, and Chiefs.

"Since 1957, Rawlings has celebrated defensive excellence at the highest levels of professional baseball," said Mike Thompson, senior vice president of marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings.

"Every organization should be proud to have a Minor League Baseball Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner in their system."

"I know what an honor it is for a player to receive a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, having been involved in presenting them to the winners the last two years," said Pat O'Conner, President & CEO of Minor League Baseball.

"The players really appreciate and understand how prestigious the accolade is and I want to thank Rawlings Sporting Goods for their continued support of Minor League Baseball."

The 2013 Minor League Baseball recipients of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award are as follows:

Position Name Club(s)/Major League Baseball Organization

P Taylor Hill Potomac, Harrisburg, Syracuse/Washington

C Blake Forsythe Binghamton/New York Mets

1B Jordan Lennerton Toledo/Detroit

2B Carlos Alonso Clearwater/Philadelphia

SS Nick Ahmed Mobile/Arizona

3B Wade Gaynor Erie/Detroit

LF Jason Krizan Lakeland/Detroit

CF Dalton Pompey Lansing/Toronto

RF Randal Grichuk Arkansas/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The return of Rawlings recognizing Minor League Baseball players for their defensive prowess began in 2011. The St. Louis-based company named a Minor League all-star fielding team for several years in the 1960s. The honor was known then as the Rawlings Silver Glove Award.

Five players who were honored in 2012, RHP Adam Warren (New York Yankees), C Josh Phegley (Chicago White Sox), LF Derrick Robinson (Cincinnati Reds), CF Engel Beltre (Texas Rangers), and RF Marcell Ozuna (Miami Marlins) have graduated to the Major Leagues. A foursome of Big Leaguers, 1B Efren Navarro (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), 3B Brandon Laird (Houston Astros), CF Jordan Danks (Chicago White Sox) and RF Cole Gillespie (Chicago Cubs) were among those honored in 2011.

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