Former LSU star D.J. LeMahieu wins Fielding Bible Award

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who helped lead LSU to the 2009 College World Series title, has been named the winner of the Fielding Bible Award, an honor which goes to the top MLB fielder at each position.

LeMahieu, a 2015 and 2017 National League All-Star, received the Fielding Bible recognition for the first time in his career. He was the National League Gold Glove recipient at second base in 2014.

Following is the Fielding Bible’s report on LeMahieu:

“Being the tallest second baseman in the league at 6’4″ might cost him some fluidity and quick-twitch ability compared to the Jose Altuves of the world, but LeMahieu makes up for it with his ability to dive to his sides or leap to get line drives over his head. He makes most of his bones on plays up the middle, particularly with that range and by making throws across his body on the move. But he still passes the eye test on plays to his left, doing an excellent job sliding and turning around to make the throw from the ground. He led second baseman in Good Fielding Plays this season with 50, and has not finished outside the top three at the position in GFPs in the last four seasons.”

LeMahieu, the 2016 National League batting champion with a .348 average, helped lead the Rockies to the playoffs this season, batting .310 with eight homers, 64 RBI, 95 runs and a .374 on-base percentage.

LeMahieu, a native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., played at LSU in 2008 and 2009 and signed with the Chicago Cubs after he was selected in the second round of the ’09 MLB Draft.

He hit .344 during his college career with 24 doubles, five triples, 11 homers and 87 RBI. He was named to the 2009 College World Series All-Tournament team, batting .444 during the Tigers’ drive to the national championship.

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