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Chihuahuas’ Urias Named to Pacific Coast League All Star Team

ROUND ROCK, Texas – With a week left in the 2018 regular season, the Pacific Coast League released Monday its end of the year All-Star team and the Chihuahuas’ Luis Urias has been selected.

The 12-man roster, which is assembled through a vote of the League’s field managers, media representatives and broadcasters, features three players on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list – Urias (No. 22, El Paso), Alex Verdugo (No. 28, Oklahoma City) and Tyler O’Neill (No. 47, Memphis).

Urias, elected as the team’s second baseman, is joined in the infield by first baseman A.J. Reed (Fresno), shortstop Ildemaro Vargas (Reno) and third baseman Josh Fuentes (Albuquerque). All four, along with four others, also received mid-season All-Star honors.

Reed’s PCL-leading 27 home runs and 106 RBI has helped Fresno lock up the Pacific Northern Division. His infield corner mate Fuentes, who was the PCL’s BUSH’S® All-Star MVP, has enjoyed a breakthrough year; he sits at or near the top of numerous offensive categories, including topping the circuit in hits (166) and total bases (261).

Vargas recently saw his club-record 35-game hitting streak come to an end, the fifth longest streak in the PCL’s 116-year history.

O’Neill, Verdugo and Albuquerque’s Mike Tauchman make up the outfield. The Cardinals prospect, O’Neill, has been among the most prolific home run hitters in the League for a Memphis team that has sewn up their second consecutive American Southern Division. Verdugo (.335) and Tauchman (.326) are part of a tight race for the PCL’s batting title.

Joining the rest of the position players are catcher Christian Bethancourt (Colorado Springs) and designated hitter Kevin Cron (Reno). Bethancourt has posted an .822 OPS in 94 games as the primary catcher for a Sky Sox team in the hunt for the American Northern title.

The Diamondbacks farmhand, Cron, has driven in the second-most runs in the League (91), even though he missed the first month of the season while recovering from an injury.

Dakota Hudson, tabbed by MLB Pipeline as St. Louis’ No. 4 prospect, is the right-handed starting pitcher. The Mississippi State product is the PCL’s ERA (2.50) and wins (13) leader, despite not appearing in a Triple-A game in over a month because of his first Major League promotion.

The team’s left-handed starter is Oklahoma City’s Manny Banuelos. The southpaw has recorded a 3.59 ERA and has struck out 126 hitters in 105.1 innings on the campaign. Round Rock Express hurler R.J. Alvarez, who has saved more games than any other PCL pitcher this season (23), was named the team’s reliever.

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Chihuahuas Head Groundskeeper Once Again Honored as Turf Manager of the Year

ROUND ROCK – For the second consecutive season, El Paso’s Travis Howard has been elected the Pacific Coast League’s Sports Turf Manager of the Year, President Branch B. Rickey announced Friday.

Howard is the second groundskeeper to win the award in consecutive seasons; Albuquerque’s Jarad Alley previously did so in 2007 and 2008. El Paso is being recognized for its excellence in grounds operations for the third time in four years.

Before Howard’s achievements, Andy Beggs was honored in 2015.

Voting for the award was done through balloting of the League’s 16 field managers and on-field officials. It is based on 11 different categories, including the preparation of the field for the game and the overall playing surface.

Howard, in his third season working on the grounds of Southwest University Park, joined the club in 2016 as an assistant to Nate Jones. Howard was a four-year letter winner in baseball at Newberry College, during which he worked on the grounds in the summer; he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.

Howard has also worked in the collegiate ranks as the Grounds Manager at Long Beach State University, from 2015 to 2016.

“I would like to thank everyone in El Paso for the support that we receive year after year – the city, our fans, front office, coaches, players and my crew. This is not an individual award; this is an organizational award,” Howard said. “Winning this award last year was an amazing accomplishment, and it feels great to win again. This League is full of excellent groundskeepers and ballparks. It is hard to put into words how much this means.”

Behind Howard, the voting was extremely close, and for the first time, the PCL would like to recognize three groundskeepers with Presidential Commendations. Albuquerque’s Clint Belau, Round Rock’s Nick Rozdilski and Salt Lake’s Brian Soukup will all be honored for their outstanding work this year.

Howard, along with the International League’s recipient, are the candidates for the Triple-A classification award, which will be announced at the 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Chihuahuas PCL Turf Manager Recognition:

Andy Beggs, PCL Turf Manager Finalist/Presidential Commendation

Andy Beggs, PCL Turf Manager of the Year

Nate Jones, PCL Turf Manager Finalist/Presidential Commendation

Travis Howard, PCL Turf Manager of the Year

Travis Howard, PCL Turf Manager of the Year

Jankowski Named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.

ROUND ROCK, Tx – The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that El Paso Chihuahuas outfielder Travis Jankowski has been named the Player of the Week for April 23-29, 2018.

Jankowski reached base in 18-of-23 plate appearances and his .783 on-base percentage led the PCL, along with his .706 batting average, 12 hits and 1.724 OPS. In five games, Jankowski totaled 16 bases (1 double, 1 home run), drove in four runs, scored five runs and walked five times to only one strikeout.

The 26-year-old recorded multiple hits in each game, highlighted by a three-hit, three-RBI, one-walk performance in an April 23 win against Las Vegas. He also reached base four times in two other El Paso wins, April 25 against Salt Lake (three hits, one walk) and April 28, also against the Bees (two hits, two walks).

Jankowski’s hot play earned him a promotion to San Diego; he got recalled on April 29.

The Pennsylvania native has been in the San Diego organization for his entire seven-year career after being drafted out of Stony Brook University in the first round (44th overall) in 2012. Jankowski has hit .363 (29-for-80) with a .452 on-base percentage and a .902 OPS in 22 games with the Chihuahuas this year. He has spent parts of three seasons in El Paso and batted .329 (104-for-316) with a home run, 34 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 81 games.

Jankowski has also played in 193 career Major League contests, collecting 116 hits, including four home runs. This is his first career Player of the Week award.

Also, Memphis Redbirds left-hander Austin Gomber was named Pitcher of the Week.  On April 23 at Iowa, Gomber tied Memphis’ single-game franchise record with a 16-strikeout performance.

Gomber, tabbed as the Cardinals’ top left-handed pitching prospect by Baseball America, received his first Major League call-up on April 29.

El Paso’s Brett Nicholas Named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week

ROUND ROCK, Tx – El Paso Chihuahuas catcher/first baseman Brett Nicholas has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for April 16 through 22, the League office announced Monday.

Nicholas was the catalyst for an El Paso offense that averaged nearly eight runs a game. The 29-year-old led all of professional baseball (Minor and Major League players) with 14 RBI, hitting .370 (10-for-27) in seven games. Nicholas totaled 24 bases and recorded six extra-base hits, both of which matched the PCL best for that category.

He also hit four home runs and scored nine runs, totals that were second-most in the League during the week, while drawing as many walks (5) as strikeouts.

The Arizona native’s week began by mashing a pinch-hit home run, walking and scoring twice in an extra-inning loss, the Chihuahuas’ only of the week.

Nicholas capped his performance with three straight two-hit games, driving in a combined 10 runs, five of which came in the series finale at Reno on April 20.

He then drove in two runs at Las Vegas the following night and knocked in three against the 51s on April 22, while reaching base four times (two hits, two walks).

Nicholas is in his first month in the Padres organization after being acquired in a trade from the Rangers. In 16 games with the Chihuahuas, he has hit .386 (22-for-57) with six homers, 20 RBI and a 1.262 OPS. This is the fifth consecutive season Nicholas has appeared in the PCL, the previous four coming with Round Rock.

All told, he has hit .286 (454-for-1585) and collected 145 extra-base hits, driving in 237, in his 422 games at the Triple-A level.

Nicholas spent the first eight years of career in the Texas system after being selected in the sixth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Missouri. This is his first career Player of the Week award.

Also announced Monday, Fresno Grizzlies right-hander Mike Hauschild was named Pitcher of the Week.

In two starts, both against the Reno Aces, Hauschild worked 12.2 innings, recorded 15 strikeouts, didn’t issue a walk and had a 0.87 WHIP. He was the winning pitcher in both contests. This is his fourth career Pitcher of the Week and third with the Grizzlies. He previously claimed PCL honors in 2015 (August 3-9) and 2016 (July 4-10).

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