Zach Watson will be bringing some new hardware with him when the rising junior returns to patrol center field for LSU next season.
The LSU star will receive a Gold Glove after being one of three Division I outfielders named to the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove team, which was announced on Thursday night. He is joined in the Gold Glove outfield by Brandon Lockridge of Troy and Jake Mangum of Mississippi State.
Watson is the fourth Tiger ever to receive a collegiality Gold Glove. He joins this prestigious list of LSU greats from the not-so-distant past: Center fielder Andrew Stevenson (2015), shortstop Alex Bregman (2015) and catcher Micah Gibbs (2009).
Known for his tremendous range in the outfield, Watson didn’t make an error this season and compiled six outfield assists. He’ll be playing for the USA Collegiate National Team this summer, which plays its first game on June 27.