Thursday, September 15, 2016

Introducing the 2016 Gulf Coast League All-Stars

Gulf Coast League Announces 2016 All-Star Team Nationals outfielder Juan Soto named Most Valuable Player  

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Gulf Coast League today announced its 2016 All-Star Team, Most Valuable Player and Manager of the Year.

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was named the league MVP after leading the league in hitting (.361), slugging (.550), OPS (.960) and total bases (93), while finishing second in the league in hits (61). Soto, 17, recorded 18 multi-hit games and had separate hitting streaks of seven, nine and 10 games. He was promoted to the Auburn Doubledays in the New York-Penn League on Sept. 1. The Washington Nationals signed the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native as a 16-year-old non-drafted free agent in 2015.  

Phillies manager Roly deArmas was named Manager of the Year after guiding the Phillies to a 43-15 record and a berth in the Gulf Coast League Championship Series. deArmas played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization as an infielder from 1973-1977 and began his professional coaching career in 1978. He has managed the GCL Phillies to a 430-337 record over for 13 seasons (2001-2002, 2004 and 2007-2016).  

The GCL Cardinals claimed their first league championship in franchise history with a 2-1 series victory over the Phillies.  

2016 GULF COAST LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM

1B David Jacob  21 Toronto  
2B Daniel Brito  18 Philadelphia
3B Michael Brosseau  22 Tampa Bay
SS Bo Bichette  18 Toronto   
C Carlos Sanchez  20 New York (NL)
UTL Aaron Whitefield  20
DH Randy Ventura  19 Atlanta  
OF Juan Soto  17 Washington
OF Jesus Sanchez  18 Tampa Bay
OF Lorenzo Cedrola  18 Boston  
RHP Sixto Sanchez  18 Philadelphia
LHP Nick Fanti  19 Philadelphia
RP Jared Carkuff  23 Toronto  


About the Gulf Coast League  
Founded in 1964, the Gulf Coast League has operated rookie-level teams in Minor League Baseball throughout the central area of Florida for more than 50 years. The Minor League Baseball office, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, assumed league operations in 2010. The league consists of 17 teams from 15 Major League Baseball affiliates. For more information, visit milb.com

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