1 day before he was named California League MVP, 66ers outfielder Zach Borenstein sings the national anthem before the game at San Manuel Stadium
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
Even in a place that is prone to crazy games, this one was especially crazy.
The Quakes rallied from an eight-run deficit, blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning, before scoring four times in the top of the 13th and held on for an 18-16 victory over the High Desert Mavericks before 738 fans in Adelanto late on Wednesday night.
The victory moved the Quakes (59-69) to within a half game of the Mavericks (59-68) for the South Division’s final playoff spot. The runs and the hits (22) were both season-highs for the Quakes. The game took 5 hours, 8 minutes.
Right-handed pitcher David Colvin of the High Desert Mavericks has been place on the disabled list by the parent Seattle Mariners.
Colvin, 24, had appeared in 31 games, 30 of those out of the bullpen. He had a 5-0 record and 2.38 ERA in 56 2/3 innings. Those are pretty impressive numbers given the hitter-friendly California League venue in which he pitches.
Colvin has not pitched since July 27 but was only recently placed on the disabled list.
Colvin was a 27th round draft pick by the Mariners in 2011.
His loss is big for the Mavericks who are trying to hold off Rancho Cucamonga and Lake Elsinore for the final South Division playoff spot with the season over in less than two weeks.
Vincent Velasquez, a Garey High product who was the 58th overall pick by the Houston Astros in the 2010 draft, made his California League debut on Tuesday for Lancaster.
After allowing three baserunners and no runs in the first three innings, the right-handed Velasquez ran into trouble against host Lake Elsinore.
In the fourth, he allowed 10 men to come to the plate as the Storm scored five runs on a home run, two walks, five singles and a wild pitch. He was replaced with two outs.
His final line: 3 2/3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, four strikeouts, one hit batter and one wild pitch. He threw 79 pitches. He also took the loss in a 5-4 Lake Elsinore win.
Stockton and Lake Elsinore boasted recipients of this week’s Cal League Player of the Week honors.
Player of the week honors went to the Ports’ Tony Thompson, who hit .429 (12 for 28) with three home runs, 15 RBI and seven runs scored.
The 24-year-old Kansas plated nine runs on a 4-for-5 night Friday. He added another blast and four more RBIs on Saturday, pushing him into second place in the Cal League with 87 on the season.
The Storm’s Johnny Barbato, 21, claimed Pitcher of the week honors, giving up three hits in six scoreless innings in his only outing of the week against Rancho Cucamonga. He struck out seven.
Tanner Peters of Stockton and Patrick Kivlehan of High Desert earned weekly accolades in the California League this week.
Kivlehan, a 23-year-old third baseman out of Rutgers, went 13 for 25 (.520) with three doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI. Kivlehan’s week was highlighted in a 5-for-7 showing in a 30-8 win over Lancaster on Friday. The Mariners prospect, who was the MVP of the Northwest League last summer, is hitting .328 with 39 RBI in 49 games since joining the Mavericks.
Peters, 23, came within two outs of throwing a perfect game on Friday against Modesto. He retired the first 25 batters he faced before yielding a one-out double in the ninth. Peters struck out a career-high 14 batters to give him 132 on the season — second-most in the A’s organization and third-most in the Cal League. He has won his last four decisions to improve to 11-5..
Baseball America has announced the results of its annual Best Tools survey which asks the managers in each league to evaluate the prospects they think are best at each position in each facet of the game.
Inlnad Empire had one player singled out as Alex Yarbrough was named Best Defensive Second Baseman. I think Eric Stamets should have been named Best Defensive Shortstop but Modesto’s Trevor Story was named.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Jon Garcia, who has since been promoted, was named Best Outfield Arm.
Here is the rundown:
Best Batting Prospect – Addison Russell, Stockton
Best Power Prospect – Mac Williamson, San Jose
Best Strike Zone Judgment – Nolan Fontana, Lancaster
Best Baserunner – Travis Jankowksi, Lake Elsinore
Fastest Baserunner – Travis Jankowski, Lake Elsinore
Best Pitching Prospect – Kyle Crick, San Jose
Best Fastball – Kyle Crick, San Jose
Best Breaking Pitch – Clayto Blackburn, San Jose
Best Changeup – Tanner Peters, Stockton
Best Control – Ty Blach, San Jose
Best Reliever – Jake Barrett, Visalia
Best Defensive Catcher – Austin Hedges, Lake Elsinore
Best Defensive 1B – Max Muncy, Stockton
Best Defensive 2B – Alex Yarbourgh, Inland Empire
Best Defensive 3B – Juan Silverio, Bakersfield
Best Defensive SS – Trevor Story, Modesto
Best Infield Arm – Trevor Story, Modesto
Best Defensive OF – Travis Jankoswki, Lake Elsinore
Best Outfield Arm – Jon Garcia, Rancho Cucamonga
Most Exciting Player – Addison Russell, Stockton
Best Managerial Prospect – Webster Garrison, Stockton
Maybe it was just one inning, eight pitches. But it was a good start.
Brian Wilson made his debut in the Dodgers organization, pitching the first inning for Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday against Lake Elsinore.
Wilson has been sidelined for 16 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of 2012. The Giants let him walk. So much for 171 saves and three all-star appearances in seven seasons.
Wilson barely broke a sweat, getting a strikeout and the other two outs on routine grounders to second base. He was clocked between 89-91 mph.
The next stop will be Triple-A Albuquerque.
There is always a bit of a buzz when a major leaguer plays at a lower level on a rehab. And the Quakes have had more than their fair share. But Wilson brought more than the usual buzz, including a media contingent of about 20, 19 more than usual.
Plenty of fans showed up, many wearing San Francisco Giants jerseys. Wilson got a nice round of applause as he took the field. Maybe it was that flamboyant personality or the fact that the once-hated rival was now a part of a team so much a part of the Southern California landscape.
After pitching and talking to the media, he signed autographs for about 20 minutes on his way out.
One outing doesn’t mark a complete return, but it’s a good start.
Poor Ryan Mount can’t catch a break.
The Rancho Cucamonga third baseman got back in the Quakes lineup after missing nine weeks with a foot injury. And what happens? He gets hurt again.
The Ayala High School grad apparently got hurt sliding into third base in the fifth inning, according to manager Carlos Subero.
Not only did Mount not say anything, he stayed in the game. He was serving as designated hitter so he went in the clubhouse and rode a stationary bike to stay loose. He also almost beat out an infield hit later in the game.
“That shows just how tough he is,” Subero said.
At the same time the Quakes were hitting and prepping for a game against Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, Mount was seeing a doctor. Subero said the injury is likely a torn ACL.
Mount turns 27 in 10 days so it is possible that serious of an injury could be career-ending, especially in such a competitive field as professional baseball.
Mount was hitting . 342 and made the all-star team when he was injured. Before last night he last played on May 31.
Mount was in the Angels organization up until last year. Everyone in both organization’s was bummed about the players’ latest setback.
“He’s a great guy and he worked so hard to get back,” Subero said. “We’re all upset for him.”