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All-USPBL Teams, Player Award Candidates Announced

September 6th, 2019

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The United Shore Professional Baseball League announced the All-USPBL team and candidates for player awards. The player awards will be released before Friday night’s playoff game between the third-seeded Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers and fourth-seeded Eastside Diamond Hoppers in a pregame recognition at Jimmy John’s Field.

The 2019 All-USPBL Team was voted on by the league coaches and baseball operations personnel. Eastside’s Pat Adams won the batting title with a .327 average, and Westside’s Ethan Wiskur was the home run champion with 14 dingers this season.

2019 ALL-USPBL TEAM
Ross Haffey, Beavers, 1B
Freddy Jehle, Hoppers, 2B
Ryan Dobson, Mammoths, SS
TJ Ward, Beavers, 3B
Pat Adams, Hoppers, OF
Sonny Cortez, Mammoths, OF
Ethan Wiskur, Mammoths, OF
Adam Gauthier, Beavers, C
Matt Cronin, Mammoths, SP
Donald Goodson, Unicorns, SP
Garrett Christman, Beavers, SP
Joey Beals, Hoppers, P
Nolan Clenney, Unicorns, P
Thomas Muratore, Mammoths, P
Colie Currie, Unicorns, UT
Jimmy Latona, Unicorns, UT
Collin Ridout, Unicorns, UT

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER CANDIDATES
Pat Adams, OF, Hoppers

  • Won batting title
  • Reached base safely in 46 of 48 games played
  • Broke single-season record with 47

Adam Gauthier, C, Beavers

  • Ranks top seven in nine different offensive categories
  • No. 2 in runs scored (40) and RBI (37)
  • Currently third in on-base percentage (.429)

Ethan Wiskur, OF, Mammoths

  • Leads the league with 14 home runs, third all-time in USPBL history
  • Tied the all-time record in home runs with 25
  • Ranks No. 1 with a .600 slugging percentage and 46 runs batted in

Sonny Cortez, OF/2B, Mammoths

  • Tied the single-season USPBL record with 44 runs scored
  • Stands second in the league in hits (55), batting average (.309) and on-base percentage (.463)
  • Did not make a single error during the season in the outfield or at second base

PITCHER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES
Dylan Collett, LHP, Beavers

  • Led the league with 35 appearances
  • Ranks second with four saves
  • His 2.51 ERA ranks third in the USPBL

Matt Cronin, RHP, Mammoths

  • Off to the best start in league history at 7-0
  • One win shy of league-best eight wins
  • His 2.30 ERA is second all-time for starting pitchers (Cody Brown, 2.25)

Donald Goodson, RHP, Unicorns

  • Leads the USPBL by holding opponents to a .169 batting average
  • Boasts a 2.31 ERA, second in the league
  • Ranks third with 64 strikeouts this season

Garrett Christman, RHP, Beavers

  • Leads the league with 91.2 innings pitched, fifth all-time in league history
  • Is No. 2 in the league with six wins and 69 strikeouts
  • Won three of his last four starts for the Beavers

Noah Gotsis, RHP, Formerly Hoppers (signed with Rockies)

  • Led the league in strikeouts per inning
  • Posted a 4-2 record
  • Tallied a 3.35 ERA before signing with the Colorado Rockies

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES
Sonny Cortez, OF/2B, Mammoths

  • Tied the single-season USPBL record with 44 runs scored
  • Stands second in the league in hits (55), batting average (.309) and on-base percentage (.463)
  • Did not make a single error during the season in the outfield or at second base

Zack Gray, 1B, Hoppers

  • Posted a .992 fielding percentage at multiple positions
  • Is tied for sixth with seven doubles this season
  • Ranks No. 8 in RBI (26)

TJ Ward, 3B, Beavers

  • Tallied a .980 fielding percentage at third base with just three errors
  • Ranks third in hits (54) and doubles (9)
  • Stands fourth in RBIs with 30

Colie Currie, OF, Unicorns

  • Made several diving catches including robbing a pair of home runs
  • Ranks first in the league with 12 doubles, three shy of the record
  • No. 7 in the USPBL with 51 hits

Freddy Jehle, SS/2B, Hoppers

  • Posted a .988 fielding percentage at second base and shortstop
  • Started in 44 of 46 games for the Hoppers
  • Tied for sixth in the league with seven doubles

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER CANDIDATES
Donald Goodson, RHP, Unicorns

  • Leads the USPBL by holding opponents to a .169 batting average
  • Boasts a 2.31 ERA, second in the league
  • Ranks third with 64 strikeouts this season

Garrett Christman, RHP, Beavers

  • Leads the league with 91.2 innings pitched, fifth all-time in league history
  • Is No. 2 in the league with six wins and 69 strikeouts
  • Won three of his last four starts for the Beavers

Joey Beals, RHP, Hoppers

  • Started off as a position player and was converted to pitcher
  • Improved his fastball to the low-to-mid 90s
  • Recorded four saves, tied for second in the league

Drew Kitson, OF, Mammoths

  • Fourth with nine home runs
  • Tied for sixth with 27 RBIs
  • Missed over a month with an injury

Freddy Jehle, SS/2B, Hoppers

  • Posted a .988 fielding percentage at second base and shortstop
  • Started in 44 of 46 games for the Hoppers
  • Tied for sixth in the league with seven doubles

Thomas Muratore, RHP, Mammoths

  • Posted a 2.77 ERA which is third in the league
  • Ranks fourth in the league in wins (4) and strikeouts (62)
  • Has 24 appearances, second in the USPBL

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD CANDIDATES
Jimmy Latona, C, Unicorns

  • Tied for third with nine doubles
  • Ranks fourth with a .402 on-base percentage
  • Started in 45 of 46 games at catcher

Garrett Christman, RHP, Beavers

  • Leads the league with 91.2 innings pitched, fifth all-time in league history
  • Is No. 2 in the league with six wins and 69 strikeouts
  • Won three of his last four starts for the Beavers

Ty Hensley, RHP, Unicorns

  • Leads the USPBL with 72 strikeouts
  • Ranks second in opponent batting average (.217)
  • Stands third in games started (12) and innings pitched (69.0)

Jackson Smith, C, Mammoths

  • Threw out 9 of 11 base stealers
  • Started in 24 of 35 games
  • Tallied three doubles and two home runs

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