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2016 Minor League Champions

Photo by Mathew Carper

Photo by Mathew Carper

The sun has officially set on another exciting minor league baseball season.  All the Champions have been crowned in their respective leagues and levels and listed below are all of them including top performers.

For some teams the long drought of a title finally came to an end.

The Eugene Emeralds won their first title since 1975.  The time in between isn’t as long as their parent club Chicago Cubs, but I am sure they are glad the wait is over.  For the other teams that fell short the wait continues.  There is always next year.

Congratulations to all of the final teams left standing!

TRIPLE-A

Triple-A National Champs
Scranton/WB RailRiders

International League Champs
Scranton/WB RailRiders – NY Yankees affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Jake Cave – .370 (10 for 27), 4 R, 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, SB
Donovan Solano – .308 (8 for 26), 6 R, 4 Doubles, 3 RBI, 4 BB
Giovanny Gallegos – 4 G, 2-0, 0.00, 2 SV, BB, 9 K, 6.2 IP
Brady Lail – 1-0, 0.87, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K, 10.1 IP

Pacific Coast League Champs
El Paso Chihuahuas – LA Dodgers affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Austin Hedges – .325 (12 for 36), 6 R, 3 Doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB
Manuel Margot – .350 (14 for 40), 8 R, 3 Doubles, 3 Triples, HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB
Phil Maton – 4 G, 0.00, 3 SV, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 4.1 IP
Derek Eitel – 5 G, 2-0, 0.00, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 4.1 IP
Kyle McGrath – 6 G, 1.04, 6 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 10 K, 8.2 IP
Buddy Baumann – 4 G, 1-0, 0.00, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 4.1 IP

DOUBLE-A

Eastern League Champs
Akron RubberDucks – Cleveland Indians affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Eric Stamets – .318 (7 for 22), 3 R, Double, HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB
Mike Papi – .357 (10 for 28), 5 R, Double, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB
Nick Pasquale – 2 GS, 1-0, 0.66, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 10 K, 13.2 IP
Cole Sulser – 4 G, 0.00, 2 SV, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 7.2 IP
Louis Head – 4 G, 1-0, 0.00, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 5 IP

Southern League Champs

Jackson Generals – Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Tyler O’Neill – .448 (13 for 29), 7 R, 2 Doubles, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB
Tyler Marlette – .385 (10 for 26), 2 R, 3 Doubles, HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB
Brandon Sisk – 4 G, 2-0, 1.69, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K, 5.1 IP
Brett Ash – 2 GS, 2-0, 0.69, 11 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 13 IP
Ryne Harper – 3 G, 0.00, SV, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K, 6 IP
Andrew Moore – 2 GS, 1.20, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 10 K, 15 IP

Texas League Champs
Midland RockHounds – Oakland A’s affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Brett Vertigan – .343 (12 for 35), 3 R, 2 Doubles, 3 RBI, 3 BB, SB
Tyler Marincov – .438 (14 for 32), 6 R, 3 Doubles, HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB
Yairo Munoz – .387 (12 for 31), 7 R, 3 Doubles, 4 RBI, 2 BB
Richie Martin – .320 (8 for 25), 4 R, Double, HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB
James Naile – 1 GS, 1-0, 0.00, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 6 IP
Brandon Mann – 2 GS, 1-1, 0.73, 11 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 14 K, 12.1 IP
Corey Walter – 2 GS, 1-0, 0.00, 7 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 2 K, 10 IP

CLASS-A ADVANCED

California League Champs
High Desert Mavericks – Texas Rangers affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Luke Tendler – .371 (13 for 35), 6 R, 2 Doubles, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB
Juremi Profar – .364 (12 for 33), 4 R, 2 Doubles, HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB
Jose Trevino – .375 (12 for 32), 4 R, 2 Doubles, HR, 9 RBI
Jairo Beras – .483 (14 for 29), Double, Triple, 4 RBI, BB
Felix Carvallo – 3 G, 1-0, 2.25, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 4 IP
Brett Martin – 2 GS, 1-0, 2.19, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 24 K, 12.1 IP

Carolina League Champs
Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Chicago Cubs affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Donnie Dewees – .423 (11 for 26), 6 R, Double, 2 RBI, 4 BB
David Bote – .577 (15 for 26), 5 R, 5 Doubles, 9 RBI, 5 BB
James Pugliese – 2 G, 1-1, 0.00, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 8 K, 5.1 IP
Ryan McNeil – 3 G, 0.00, 2 SV, H, 0 R, BB, 4 K, 3.2 IP
Trevor Clifton – 2 GS, 2-0, 0.75, 8 H, R, BB, 11 K, 12 IP
Tommy Nance – 3 G, 1-0, 0.00, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K, 5 IP

Florida State League Champs
Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Jerrick Suiter – .346 (9 for 26), 5 R, 3 RBI
Connor Joe – .333 (8 for 24), 7 R, 2 Doubles, 3 HR, 7 RBI, BB
Taylor Gushue – .333 (5 for 15), 3 R, Double, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB
Jordan Luplow – .353 (6 for 17), 7 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, SB
JT Brubaker – 2 GS, 2-0, 0.75, 12 H, R, BB, 7 K, 12 IP
Tanner Anderson – 3 G, 1.35, 2 SV, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 8 K, 6.2 IP
Mitch Keller – 2 GS, 2-0, 2.03, 9 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 9 K, 13.1 IP

CLASS-A FULL

Midwest League Champs
Great Lakes Loons – LA Dodgers affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Saige Jenco – .349 (15 for 43), 10 R, 3 Doubles, 6 RBI, 5 BB
Logan Landon – .351 (13 for 37), 6 R, 2 Doubles, HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB
Jake Henson – .379 (11 for 29), 5 R, 4 Doubles, 7 RBI, BB
Matt Jones – .389 (7 for 18), 4 R, 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBI
Yadier Alvarez – 3 GS, 0-0, 2.25, 12 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 11 K, 12 IP
Dean Kremer – 4 G, 1-0, 0.87, SV, 8 H, R, BB, 6 K, 10.1 IP
Caleb Ferguson – 2 GS, 0.93, 7 H, R, BB, 11 K, 9.2 IP
Andrew Istler – 3 G, 2-0, 0.00, SV, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 7 IP
Shea Spitzbarth – 4 G, 0.00, 3 SV, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 4.1 IP
Leonardo Crawford – 2 G, 2-0, 1.80, 6 H, 2 R, BB, 11 K, 10 IP

South Atlantic League Champs
Rome Braves – Atlanta Braves affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Ray-Patrick Didder – .292 (7 for 24), 6 R, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SB
Jonathan Morales – .308 (8 for 26), 2 R, 3 Doubles, RBI, BB
Max Fried – 2 GS, 2-0, 1.23, 7 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 24 K, 14.2 IP
Kolby Allard – 2 GS, 1-0, 0.00, 9 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K, 12 IP
Devan Watts – 3 G, 0.00, 3 SV, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.1 IP

CLASS-A LOW

New York-Penn League Champs
State College Spikes – St. Cardinals affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Jeremy Martinez – .333 (6 for 18), R, 2 RBI
Jordan DeLorenzo – 2 G, GS, 1.29, SV, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 13 K, 7 IP
Greg Tomchick – GS, 1-0, 0.00, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 4 IP

Northwest League Champs
Eugene Emeralds – Chicago Cubs affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Kevonte Mitchell – .300 (6 for 20), 2 R, 2 Doubles, Triple, RBI, SB
Manuel Rondon – 2 GS, 1-0, 2.70, 10 H, 3 R, 6 BB, 5 K, 10 IP
Duncan Robinson – 2 G, 0.00, SV, 7 H, 2 R, 3 K, 6 IP
Wyatt Short – 2 G, 0.00, 2 SV, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.1 K

ROOKIE

Appalachian League Champs
Johnson City – St. Louis Cardinals affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
J.R. Davis – .455 (10 for 22), 5 R, 2 Doubles, 5 RBI, 2 BB
Bryce Denton – .450 (9 for 20), 3 R, 4 Doubles, HR, 7 RBI, BB
Joshua Lopez – .368 (7 for 19), 6 R, Double, HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB
Andrew Knizner – .375 (9 for 24), 4 R, Double, Triple, 6 RBI, BB
Shane Billings – .353 (6 for 17), 8 R, 2 Doubles, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Pioneer League Champs
Orem Owlz – LAA Angels affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
L.J. Kalawaia – .348 (8 for 23), 4 R, Triple, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB
Keith Grieshaber – .333 (6 for 18), 3 R, Double, BB
Jose Suarez – 2 GS, 1.80, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 10 IP
Greg Belton – 4 G, 1-0, 1.69, 4 H, R, 3 BB, 5 K, 5.1 IP
Samuel Pastrone – 2 GS, 1-0, 1.00, 4 H, R, BB, 10 K, 9 IP

Arizona League Champs
AZL Mariners – Seattle Mariners affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Steve Clevenger – .417 (5 for 12), R, Double, 2 RBI, BB
Carlos Hernandez – 2 G, 1-0, 0.00, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K, 6 IP
Ryne Inman – 1 G, 1-0, 1.29, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7 IP

Gulf Coast League Champs
GCL Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals affiliate

Top Postseason Performers
Juan Alvarez – 1 G, 1-0, 1.69, 6 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 5.1 IP
Colton Thomson – 2 G, 0.00, SV, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 5.1 IP

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