Matt Chavez Named Pacific Association MVP
Unanimous Selection Following Historic Season
San Rafael, CA — The old adage says that records are made to be broken: Matt Chavez must have taken that saying to heart prior to the 2015 season. Following a year when he demolished the Pacific Association single season records forhome runs and runs batted in, tied the record for hits, and fell just one batting average point shy of winning the league’s first ever triple crown, Chavez was named the league’s Most Valuable Player by a unanimous vote, becoming the first player to do so in league history.
Chavez was originally drafted as a pitcher by the Chicago White Sox in the 44th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but elected to stay on as a hitter at the University of San Francisco. After tours in the Arizona Freedom League, the United League, and brief stay with the San Francisco Giants Single-A affiliate in Augusta, Georgia, Chavez joined the Pacifics for the conclusion of their 2014 championship run. With nearly a full year under his belt in 2015, Chavez posted unprecedented offensive numbers and became the first player in league history to sign with an MLB affiliated team when the San Diego Padres signed him in mid-August.
“I am incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Chavez. “I'm glad to have been part of such a great team this year. I appreciate all the support from the Pacifics in order to reach my goals. This award is another step in my journey as I try to accomplish everybody’s goal in the minor leagues: to make it to a big league roster.”
Chavez’s 31 home runs and 85 RBIs shattered the prior league records of 19 homers and 68 RBIs, respectively. His1.265 OPS (on base plus slugging percentage) was also a league record, besting the old record by over 200 points. After joining the Lake Elsinore Storm, the High-A affiliate of the Padres, Chavez hit .293 with 3 home runs and eight runs batted in, good enough to earn him an invitation to Padres spring training in February.
“What Matt accomplished this season was absolutely incredible,” said Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro. “He put together the best offensive season not only in Pacific Association history, but also one of the best ever in the history of minor league baseball, independent or affiliated, and potentially even all of professional baseball. We’re very proud of what he achieved in helping us win our third championship and in being the first player from the league to move up to affiliated ball.”
The voting body for the Pacific Association was comprised of front office personnel, managers, coaches, and broadcasters.
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