AMERICAN ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2016 POSTSEASON ALL-STARS

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DURHAM, N.C.- The 2016 American Association Postseason All-Star Team has been announced, the first postseason award announcement for the American Association this season. Seven of the league’s 12 teams are represented among the All-Stars, which were voted on by field managers and league media.

The honorees are listed below:

*Note: all statistics reflect games played through September 1

Catcher- Luis Alen, Lincoln Saltdogs

  • Hitting .292 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 46 RBI
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • First year with Lincoln after six years with the Winnipeg Goldeyes 

First Base- David Rohm, Winnipeg Goldeyes

  • Hitting .336 with 18 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 70 RBI
  • Fourth in the American Association in average, fifth in RBI
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • 2016 American Association All-Star Game MVP; went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the 6-1 win for the North All-Stars
  • First year with Winnipeg 

Second Base- Brett Wiley, Kansas City T-Bones

  • Hitting .311 with 23 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 43 RBI
  • Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week for the week ending July 10, hit .550 with three doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI over the course of the week
  • First year with Kansas City

Third Base- Josh Mazzola, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

  • Hitting .264 with 18 doubles, 20 home runs and 76 RBI
  • Leads the American Association in RBI and ranks third in home runs
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • Rawlings American Association Player of the Month for June, hit .366 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in the month
  • Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week for the week ending June 26, hit .500 with four home runs and 12 RBI over the course of the week
  • First year with Fargo-Moorhead after a four-year (2012-2015) stint with the Winnipeg Goldeyes 

Shortstop- Nate Samson, Sioux City Explorers

  • 2016 American Association Player of the Year
  • Hitting .345 with 28 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 65 RBI
  • Ranks third in the American Association in batting average
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • Second year with Sioux City after spending one season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes

Outfield- Willie Cabrera, Winnipeg Goldeyes

  • Hitting .315 with Winnipeg, has eight doubles, eight home runs and 30 RBI
  • Acquired by Winnipeg in a July 7 trade with the Joplin Blasters — hit .311 with nine doubles, eight home runs and 43 RBI with Joplin
  • Combined RBI total of 73 is second in the league
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • Spent three seasons (2012-2014) with the St. Paul Saints and 2015 with the Grand Prairie AirHogs 

Outfield- Alonzo Harris, St. Paul Saints

  • Hitting .306 with 16 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs and 58 RBI
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • Second year with St. Paul

Outfield- Keury De La Cruz, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

  • Hitting .313 with 29 doubles, 17 home runs and 69 RBI
  • Seventh in the American Association in RBI
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week for the week ending May 29, hit .400 with three home runs and 10 RBI over the course of the week
  • First year with Fargo-Moorhead 

Designated Hitter- Curt Smith, Lincoln Saltdogs

  • Hitting .331 with 16 doubles, 17 home runs and 60 RBI
  • Ranks sixth in the American Association in batting average and seventh in home runs
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • Fourth year with Lincoln 

Pitcher of the Year- Lindsey Caughel, Lincoln Saltdogs

  • 6-3 with a 2.11 ERA in 18 games (17 starts)
  • 120 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 123.2 innings of work
  • American Association leader in ERA, second in strikeouts
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • Pointstreak American Association Pitcher of the Week for the week ending August 28, allowed just two runs over 17 innings while striking out 19
  • First year with Lincoln

Relief Pitcher of the Year- Ryan Rodebaugh, St. Paul Saints

  • Has racked up 23 saves in 36 appearances, carrying a 2.00 ERA
  • 49 strikeouts and just eight walks over 36 innings
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • Second year with St. Paul

Defensive Player of the Year- Jose Gonzalez, Gary SouthShore RailCats

  • Just 10 errors over 62 games played at catcher for the RailCats
  • 2016 American Association Mid-Season All-Star
  • First year with Gary SouthShore

 

The postseason awards will continue with the following announcements:

Saturday, September 3: Rookie of the Year

Sunday, September 4: Manager of the Year

Additionally, the Brian Rose/Scott Miller Man of the Year, Executive of the Year, Playing Surface of the Year and Organization of the Year will be announced in the days and weeks to come.

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