CBC sophomore Kyler Bumstead has been awarded the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove at outfield after a season where he had 91 putouts, 8 assists, and a 1.0 fielding percentage for the 2019 NJCAA Division III Region XIV Conference Champions.
A Kountze native, Bumstead played in 58 games for the Cougars in 2019 and committed no errors all season in the field while setting a program record of hits.
Bumstead is the first player in CBC baseball history to earn the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove. Along with the Gold Glove, Bumstead was selected to represent CBC at the Texas-New Mexico Junior College All-Star Game in September.
At the plate, Bumstead completed his two-year career with the Cougars by setting a program record of 101 hits and 113 games played.
The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are selected by ABCA coach’s committees at each level: NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II, and III, Pacific Association Division, and High School. The Rawlings Gold Glove winners have been selected since 2007 in the collegiate and high school ranks, feature many future Major League Baseball Players.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. It’s over 9,700 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened it to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II, and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 76th annual ABCA convention will be held January 2-5, 2020 in Nashville.
The former Cougar will be attending The University of Texas at Tyler in the fall to continue his education and playing career with the Patriots.