Sept. 12, 2006
ARLINGTON, Texas - Former Gonzaga University baseball standout Nate Gold has been named the Texas Rangers 2006 Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year.
Gold batted .291 (131-for-450) with 26 doubles, 34 home runs and 103 RBI in 119 games for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders this season. He ranked second among all minor leaguers with 34 homers, trailing only Kevin Witt (36) of Durham in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization, and ninth with 103 RBI. Both 34 homers and 103 RBI established Frisco franchise records.
Gold was named a Texas League All-Star after leading the league in home runs and finishing second in RBI and slugging percentage (.582).
The former Gonzaga standout was selected in the 10th round of the 2002 Draft after leading the NCAA with a school-record 33 home runs. The native of Centerville, Utah, finished second in the Home Run Challenge at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., to cap his senior season.