AUGUST 23, 2016 - PORTLAND, OR: Great West League President Ken Wilson announced the league awards for the 2016 season.
Medford Rogues third baseman Spencer Steer was named the GWL Player of the Year. A product of Milliken High School in Long Beach, California, Steer was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 29th round of the 2016 amateur draft. He was 2nd in the league in hitting and tied for the GWL lead in doubles. Steer will be a freshman at Oregon this fall.
Right-hander Stuart Bradley was selected GWL Pitcher of the Year. Bradley tied for the league lead in wins with 7 and fashioned a 1.75 ERA in 12 starts for the GWL Champion Chico Heat. A Yuba CIty, California-native, Bradley began his college career at the University of Pacific and is headed into his senior year at Chico State.
Chico Heat manager Fred Ludwig was voted the GWL Manager of the Year. The former Paradise (Chico) High School coach and 3-year baseball letterman at Chico State led the Heat to the 2016 GWL Championship.
ALL-GWL FIrst Team:
Catcher - Hunter Stratton - Marysville Gold Sox (San Diego State)
First Baseman - Cameron Olsen - Chico Heat (UC- Davis)
Second Baseman - Carson Breshears - Portland Pickles (Oregon)
Third Baseman - Spencer Steer - Medford Rogues (Oregon)
Shortstop - Sahid Valenzuela - Portland Pickles (Cal State - Fullerton)
Outfield - Chris Williams - Lodi Crushers (Delta C.C.)
Outfield - Derron Davis - Medford Rogues (Colorado State - Pueblo)
Outfield - Keaton Kringlen - Chico Heat (BYU)
Starting Pitcher - Stuart Bradley - Chico Heat (Chico State)
Starting Pitcher - Reece Green - Medford Rogues (Winthrop)
Starting Pitcher - Lyle Soroka - Chico Heat (Arizona)
Starting Pitcher - Adam Davenport - Chico Heat (Washington)
Relief Pitcher - Declan Kearney - Portland Pickles (Oregon)
ALL-GWL Second Team:
Catcher - Andrew Garcia - Portland Pickles (Orange Coast College)
First Baseman - Johnny De La Cruz - Medford Rogues (LSU - Monroe)
Second Baseman - Connor McNally - Medford Rogues (Utah)
Third Baseman - Nick Grimes - Portland Pickles (Orange Coast College)
Shortstop - Daniel Schneeman - Chico Heat (BYU)
Outfield - Matt Hardy - Portland Pickles (UC - Riverside)
Outfield - Bo McClintok - Lodi Crushers (Delta C.C.)
Outfield - Brock Pradere - Medford Rogues (Western Oregon)
Starting Pitcher - Kade Wagner - Medford Rogues (Sterling College)
Starting Pitcher - D.J. Wilson - Medford Rogues (Lane C.C.)
Starting Pitcher - Kyle Robeniol - Medford Rogues (Oregon)
Starting Pitcher - Ryan Byrd - Chico Heat (Spokane Falls C.C.)
Relief Pitcher - Kyle Merkel - Marysville Gold Sox (San Diego State)
Chico Heat - David Noworyta (Hawaii), Jerome Hill (Dixie State), Ryan Byrd (Spokane Falls C.C.); Lodi Crushers - Cade Peters (UC - Riverside), Nelson Muniz (Milligan College), Bryce Graddy (Delta C.C.), Alex Patterson (Delta C.C.);Marysville God Sox - Dalton Devries (Abilene Christian), Ryan McCarthy (Yuba College); Medford Rogues - Braden Stutzman (Oregon), Cameron Russ (Lane C.C.), Dylan Pearce (Southwestern Oregon C.C.); Portland Pickles - Zander Clarke (UCLA), McKinley LeFore (Oregon), Lyle Lucke (UC - San Diego), Jacob Allbee (Clark College); Sacramento Stealth - Dominic Bethancourt (Sierra College), Tyler Kaim (Folsom Lake C.C.), Dylan Wright (Pacific University), Marcus Garcia (Sierra College).