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Maxwell recognized as Astros' top glove man

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell has been named by Wilson Sporting Goods as the team's top defensive player for 2012.

This marks the first season that Wilson has handed out Defensive Player of the Year Awards. The sporting goods company selected the best defensive player on each club, as well as the best defensive player in each league and the Majors' best defensive team. The league honors went to outfielders Michael Bourn (National League) and Mike Trout (American League). The Braves were chosen as the top defensive team.

Maxwell played right field, center and left for the Astros last season, appearing at all three spots in the same game several times, and made a handful of terrific catches all over the outfield. He was claimed by the Astros off waivers from the Yankees in April and hit .229 with 18 homers and 53 RBIs.

He made one of the catches of the year on Aug. 9, when he ran up Tal's Hill in straightaway center field at Minute Maid Park and made a diving catch to rob Washington's Jayson Werth of an extra-base hit.

The award winners were determined by the detailed statistical analysis of MLB Network's "shredder system" used by Clubhouse Confidential, plus input from MLB Network analysts.

Meanwhile, fans should stay tuned to for the unveiling of this year's GIBBY Awards.

This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.

GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from's Must C highlight reels. Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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