The Sharks’ primary shortstop turned 20 double plays while having a .965 fielding percentage. Almanzar’s efforts in the field helped guide MDC to the FCSAA Southern Conference title and a berth in the FCSAA State Tournament. The Sharks concluded the season with a 31-20 record.
Almanzar, a sophomore at MDC, played all 51 games of the season, and was at the plate 176 times to bat. He completed 31 runs, 47 hits, including three home runs. He had 109 putouts, 83 assists and 20 double plays this season.
The defensive award has been presented since 1992. MDC Sharks baseball player Carlos Ramos won the award in 2004.
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