It’s Postseason Award Season

For the second straight season, multiple leagues have begun issue the press releases for the postseason awards — rather than waiting until, say, after the regular season,

Here’s a rundown of how the Nationals farmhands have been honored thus far…

Tony Renda was named to the Sally League Postseason All-Star team as its utility infielder, with Micah Johnson (and his Mr. Spock eyebrow) taking the honors at 2B. Renda currently leads the Sally League with 42 doubles and is fourth in walks drawn (42) and sixth in on-base percentage (.381) and seventh in batting average (.295). Hagerstown skipper Tripp Keister was also honored as the Manager of the Year.

Three P-Nats got the nod, including two-thirds of the outfield. Billy Burns and Michael Taylor — the top two thieves on the basepaths at 54 and 45 repsectively — were named to the all-league squad. Robert Benincasa, despite only pitching in 23 games, was named the top reliever (though his 15 saves does lead the circuit).

Just one Syracuse player was named and it should shock no one that the sole midseason all-star would be the sole postseason all-star. Soon-to-be 24-y.o. Zach Walters was named the league’s best shortstop, in large part due to his corner-infielder offensive production of 29 HRs (1st), 250 total bases (1st), and 77 RBI (3rd).

No Harrisburg Senators were named to the Eastern League postseason team, which is hardly a surprise when you consider that the most likely candidates (Anthony Rendon, Taylor Jordan) were making their contributions in DC, not PA. The New York-Penn League has not yet announced its postseason team, but the odds of a Doubleday making the cut are pretty slim.

At 49-9, it’s probably safe to bet on at least a couple of G-Nats making the postseason team, which also has not yet been announced.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

4 thoughts on “It’s Postseason Award Season”

  1. Not a surprise when karns is in the top five in every category. I guess u have to be 22 or less.. Karns gets screwed again…!

  2. It is an absolute disgrace that Brian Daubach was not selected. Potomac had no bullpen in the first half, very little offense all year, and losing starting pitching just about every other week. And yet they win both halves handily. I don’t normally put much stock in the contribution of managers, but Daubach has performed a miracle, and then gets overlooked. Wrong. Just plain wrong.

    1. Thing is, he’s been doing this — winning while steadily losing his best players — since the indys. No doubt that’s why he got hired because that’s what you have to do in A ball, but I wholeheartedly agree about Daubach getting snubbed.

  3. What’s the point of picking a team with only three pitchers..Specially when karns has better all around numbers then all three.

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