Three Pacifics Take Home 2017 League Honors
Taylor Wins Two Triple Crown Categories While Beatty & Williams Grab Defensive Honors
San Rafael, CA – Today the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs announced their Triple Crown winners, along with their Defensive Player of the Year awards. Tomorrow, the league will announce the Rookie of the Year and Reliever of the Year awards. Friday will see the release of the Pitcher of the Year and Manager of the Year awards, followed on Monday by the announcement of the league’s Most Valuable Player.
San Rafael first baseman Jake Taylor took home the Home Run and RBI titles, marking the second straight year that he’s done so. Max Beatty won the honor for top defensive pitcher, while Miles Williams won the award for top defensive right fielder.
“I’m very grateful that the league recognized Jake, Max and Miles for their hard work this season” said Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro. “Each one of them deserved their respective honors.”
Taylor, who just completed his third season with the Pacifics, knocked out a career high 20 home runs while knocking in 65 runs in 73 games played. Only Pittsburg’s Vinny Guglietti and Sonoma’s Joel Carranza joined Taylor in eclipsing the 60 RBI plateau. In 2016, Taylor hit what was at the time a career high 18 home runs and driving in 74 runs, which remains a career high. He has 48 Pacific Association home runs, which puts him second all time behind Carranza. Taylor also led the team with 88 hits, hitting .306.
“In the three years he’s been in the league Jake Taylor has been the gold standard for power and run production” said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. “For him to lead the league in home runs and RBI for the second straight year is incredible.”
Beatty, in his second tour of duty with the Pacifics was near perfect defensively, not committing an error in 76.1 innings pitched. He also recorded 15 assists, a league high among pitchers. The 2015 Pacific Association Pitcher of the Year notched a 5-3 record with a 3.53 ERA after joining San Rafael at the beginning of July.
“I don’t think enough gets said about Max’s ability to field his position, and I think the league recognized this year just how good he is defensively” Kavanaugh added.
Williams in his first season with San Rafael became the cornerstone of the Pacifics outfield. He played in a team high 75 games, starting every one in right field. The former Marlins prospect recorded league highs in putouts (135) and assists (6) among right fielders. Williams hit .250 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI playing full time in the state of California since playing collegiately at Cal State Northridge.
“Miles was an ironman for us in right field” Kavanaugh said. “He made great reads on balls, and the combination of his arm strength and accuracy earned him respect from every runner that thought about trying to score once they got to third.”
The full list of defensive award winners is below.
Pitcher – Max Beatty (San Rafael)
Catcher – Isaac Wenrich (Sonoma)
First Base – Vinny Guglietti (Pittsburg)
Second Base – Ordomar Valdez-Martinez (Pittsburg)
Third Base – Chris Fornaci (Vallejo)
Shortstop – Jose Garcia (Pittsburg)
Left Field – Brennan Metzger (Sonoma)
Center Field – Matt Hibbert (Sonoma)
Right Field – Miles Williams (San Rafael)
Guglietti won the league batting title with a .365 average, setting the league record with 105 hits.