Max Beatty Named Pitcher of the Year
Second Straight Year Pacifics Pitcher Wins Award
San Rafael, CA —
The San Rafael Pacifics added another award to their 2015 mantle, as starting pitcher Max Beatty was named the 2015 Pacific Association Pitcher of the Year.
A former farmhand of the San Diego Padres, Beatty posted an 8-2 record that tied him for the league lead in victories. He added a 3.18 ERA and 89 strikeouts, both good for second in the league, and tossed a league-leading three complete games. His 1.09 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) was the best in the Pacific Association among starting pitchers.
“To win an award like this is an absolute testament to the squad we had this year and how we all led one another,” said Beatty. “I’m just happy I was able to contribute for a team of guys that had my back all year. On a personal level, these (awards) will always just humble me and motivate me to do more in my career.”
2015 was Beatty’s first season in independent baseball. He set career highs in nine categories while with the Pacifis, including wins, ERA, WHIP, innings pitched, and strikeouts. He now owns a career record of 10-6 with a 4.15 ERA and 146 strikeouts in three seasons between the Padres’ farm system and the Pacific Association.
Beatty's season highlights included one of the most dominant pitching performances in Pacific Association History, a one-hit complete game shutout of the Pittsburg Diamonds where he used just 89 pitches on August 7th. He was later traded to the Wichita Wingnuts of the prestigious American Association for their playoff push.
“Beatty was a big part of a starting rotation that powered us to the championship this season,” said Pacifics General Manager Mike Shapiro. “It was incredible to see how much confidence the club had behind him when he took the mound every fifth day.”
Beatty became the third Pacifics player honored with a postseason award. Zack Pace and Daniel Gonzalez were named Defensive Player of the Year at center field and shortstop respectively two weeks ago. The voting body for the Pacific Association was comprised of front office personnel, managers, coaches, and broadcasters. The league will announce its final award, Most Valuable Player, on Monday, November 2.