Inland Empire outfielder-designated hitter Zach Borenstein, 23, has been named California League Most Valuable Player.
Borenstein is leading the league in hitting (.332) and slugging percentage (.628), is second in home runs (25) and fourth in RBI (87). He was on the disabled list for a month with a hip injury which possibly cost him a shot at a Triple Crown.
He has notched career highs in every offensive category except doubles.
Borenstein is the first Sixer to earn MVP honors since Carlos Santana in 2008, Santana played in San Bernardino when it was a Dodgers affiliate and is now the starting catcher for the Cleveland Indians.
Borenstein led a group of four players from Inland Empire who earned All-Star team. The others are second baseman Alex Yarbrough, first baseman Michael Snyder and pitcher Mark Sappington. All are still with the Sixers except for Sappington who was promoted to Double-A Arkansas three weeks ago.
The lone representative for Rancho Cucamonga is outfielder Scott Schebler who is hitting .307 with a league-high 23 home runs and eighth in RBI (83) and is hitting .274.
Rodney Linares of Lancaster is the Manager of the Year. His team is 75-54 overall. The JetHawks won the South Division first half and have a seven-game lead in the second with 11 games left.
Dan Winkler (12-5, 2.97) of the Modesto Nuts is the Pitcher of the Year.
Here’s the whole list of honorees:
MVP – Zach Borenstein, Inland Empire
Manager of the Year – Rodney Linares, Lancaster
Pitcher of the Year – Dan Winkler, Modesto
Rookie of the Year – Addison Russell, Stockton
Catcher – Ryan Casteel, Modesto
First base – Michael Snyder, Inland Empire
Second base – Alex Yarbrough, Inland Empire
Third base – Matt Duffy, Lancaster
Shortstop – Addison Russell, Stockton
Utility – M.P. Cokinos, Lancaster
Designated hitter – Zach Borenstein, Inland Empire
Outfielder – Scott Schebler, Rancho Cucamonga
Outfielder – Andrew Aplin, Lancaster
Outfielder – Travis Jankwoski, Lake Elsinore
Pitcher – Mark Sappington, Inland Empire
Pitcher – Ty Blach, San Jose
Pitcher – Dan Winkler, Modesto
Pitcher, Andrew Barbosa, Visalia