Modesto All-Decade Team
The Modesto Nuts are pleased to announce the fan-voted All-Decade Team selections. The Nuts asked, and fans responded to the call to name the top players from the 2000-2009 era. The 2007 Nuts squad boasts the most selections to the All-Decade Team with 5, and every team throughout the decade, except for 2001, is represented on the list.
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North Royalton, Ohio
2007 Modesto Nuts
Posted an impressive 16-5 record in 28 starts during his season with the Nuts ... struck out 136 in 182.2 innings and only walked 31 batters the whole season ... Recorded an ERA of 2.52, and a WHIP of 1.10 ... Earned Pitcher of the Year honors from three entities, including: the California League, Baseball America and MLB.com ... Named to the 2007 Cal League Mid-Season All -Star team, a Cal League Post-Season All-Star, and earned Cal League Pitcher of the Week honors in August ... Since playing in Modesto Hynick has seen time at the Double-A and Triple-A levels in the Rockies and Chicago White Sox organizations, and signed a one year deal with the White Sox in March, 2010 ... Currently plays for the White Sox Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League.
Winter Park, Fla.
2002-03 Modesto A's
Drafted in 1999 by the Minnesota Twins, Weis was traded to the Oakland A's organization in 2002 ... Split his time between Modesto and Triple-A Sacramento in 2002, and posted a 5-2 record in 32 games with 2 saves and 51 strikeouts for the Modesto squad. Spent a full season in Modesto in 2003, when he was converted to a starter and went 15-7 in 24 starts for the A's ... Struck out 145 in 159.2 innings with an ERA of 2.82 and a WHIP of 1.2 ... Finished as the 2003 league-leader in wins with 15 ... Voted to the 2003 California League Mid-Season All-Star team ... Professional baseball career came to an end at the conclusion of the 2005 season, after he was released by the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
San Juan de los Morros, Guarica, Venezuela
2006 Modesto Nuts
Was signed in 2002 at the age of 16 by the Colorado Rockies ... Posted a record of 10-9 and notched a 3.68 ERA over 27 games in 2006 ... Tossed a total of 154 innings and struck out 179 ... Following his 2006 performance, Morales was rated the #30 prospect in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America, and was honored with the #8 prospect rating in 2008 ... Made his Big League debut in August of 2007 ... Spent the full seasons in 2008 and 2009 with the Rockies Triple-A affiliate Colorado Sky Sox ... Currently on the Rockies active Major League roster and has recorded one save for the club in 2010.
2009 Modesto Nuts
Led all Decade Team vote-getters ... Finished the 2009 season with a 4-2 record in 62.2 relief appearances, and notched 33 saves, as well as a 2.30 ERA and 75 strikeouts and walked only 21 ... 2009 Cal League Mid-Season All-Star ... 2009 Cal League Post-Season All-Star ... Led the Cal League in saves with 33 ... Broke the Modesto record for saves when he recorded his 30th ... Led Cal League in innings pitched with 62 ... Finished second in Minor League Baseball in 2009 with 33 saves ... Finished second in Minor League Baseball with 62 innings pitched ... In 2010 moved up to Double-A Tulsa, currently on the Drillers disabled list with elbow inflammation.
St. Louis, Mo.
2007-08 Modesto Nuts
Recorded a 3-6 record in 2007 with a 5.51 ERA in 55 games, notched 13 saves in 63.2 innings pitched, struck out 29 and walked only 22 ... 2008 was his break-out year, as Johnston recorded a 3-1 record in 38 games with a 2.02 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, 24 saves and 28 strikeouts in 40 innings before he was moved up to Double-A Tulsa during the season ... Named a 2007 and 2008 Cal League Mid-Season All Star ... Also honored as a 2008 Cal League Post-Season All-Star ... Since playing for the Nuts Johnston spent the 2009 season playing for Double-A Tulsa and was named a 2009 Texas League Mid and Post Season All Star ... Named a 2009 Arizona Fall League Rising Star ... Started the 2010 season with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, and currently appears regularly in relief.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2004 Modesto A's
Played in 134 games for the Nuts in 2004 ... Posted a .295 average, 99 RBI and 12 home runs ... Named a 2004 Cal League Post-Season All Star ... Since playing for the Nuts Suomi has bounced around the minor leagues, playing at the Advanced-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels ... Currently plays in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, and after starting out at Advanced-A Clearwater, he has worked his way up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and is on the Ironpigs roster.
2007 Modesto Nuts
Posted a .317 average during his season with the Nuts, and appeared in 126 games ... Also recorded 83 RBI, 14 home runs, 7 triples and 34 doubles ... Selected to the 2007 California League Post-Season All-Star team ... Spent 2008 and 2009 with Double-A Tulsa, and was named a 2009 Texas League mid-season All Star ... Started the 2010 season with the Drillers and was a regular starter for the club until late May when he was placed on the DL with an elbow strain.
Eric Young Jr.
New Brunswick, N.J.
2007 Modesto Nuts
Recorded an average of .291, had 63 RBI and stole 73 bases in 2007 for the Nuts ... Was named a 2007 Cal League Player of the Week, and a 2007 Cal League Post-Season All-Star ... The switch-hitter enjoyed a storied Minor League career, stealing 303 bases in six seasons and posting a .293 average in 568 games ... Following his 2007 season with the Nuts, Young was named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team in 2008, as well as the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team ... In 2009 was an All-Star Futures Game selection, a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star, a PCL Post-Season All-Star, and was named the 2009 Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year ... Made his Major League debut on August 25, 2009 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and recorded his first Major League hit, a single, off of pitcher Clayton Kershaw ... Appeared in 30 games for the Rockies in 2009 and was included on the post-season playoff roster ... Appeared in 13 big league games for the Rockies in 2010 before being placed on the disabled list in May with a stress fracture of his tibia.
2007/08 Modesto Nuts
Was a part of the 2007 and 2008 Nuts squads, but was only with the 2008 team through 8 games before being promoted to Double-A Tulsa ... In 2007 Nelson posted a .289 batting average in 133 games, and also mashed 19 homers, batted in 99 runs and hit 42 doubles and 7 triples ... Named a 2007 California League Post-Season All-Star, and a High Class A All-Star by Baseball America ... Named a 2008 Arizona Fall League Rising Star following his 2008 season with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers ... A member of the Colorado Rockies 40-man roster, Nelson currently plays regularly for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Long Beach, Cal.
2005 Modesto Nuts
A 2003 first-round draft pick and 2005 Nuts standout, Stewart posted an average of .274 and played 112 games at the hot corner ... Known for his power, Stewart launched 17 home runs and recorded 86 RBI ... Selected a 2005 Cal League Post-Season All-Star ... Following his season with the Nuts Stewart played for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers in 2006, and the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2007 and 2008 before becoming an MLB regular with the Rockies in 2009 ... Made his Major League debut on August 11, 2007 ... Was a 2007 All-Star Futures Game selection, a 2007 Baseball America Triple-A All-Star, a two-time Pacific Coast League Player of the Week selection in 2008 and a National League Player of the Week selection in 2009 ... Stewart is currently the regular third-baseman in the Colorado Rockies starting line-up.
Satellite Beach, Fla.
2000 Modesto A's
Played in 129 games for the Nuts, and hit 29 home runs in 2000 ... Batted in 102 runs, crossed the plate 86 times and finished the '00 season with a .264 average ... After his time with the Modesto team, Ludwick started out the 2001 campaign in Double-A Midland and appeared in 119 games before moving up to Triple-A Sacramento ... Was voted a 2001 Texas League Post-Season All-Star, a 2006 International League Mid-Season All-Star, and was named an International League Player of the Week in 2006 ... Traded to the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2007, where he remains today ... Voted a 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star, and also earned the Silver Slugger Award in 2008 ... In 2009 Ludwick was named a National League Player of the Week, and also earned National League Player of the Month honors ... Ludwick is currently a regular starter in the St. Louis Cardinals line-up.
2005 Modesto Nuts
Notched a .332 average in 113 games and launched 21 home runs for the Nuts in 2005 ... Also recorded 29 doubles, 8 triples and 87 RBI during that season ... Spent 2006 season with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, then played 74 games at the Triple-A level in Colorado Spring during the 2007 season ... Traded between the Oakland, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Texas organizations throughout 2008 and 2009, playing at the Double-A or Triple-A level throughout ... Released from the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2009, after playing 32 games with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League ... Currently a regular starter for the Independent League's Lancaster Barnstormers in Lancaster, Penn.
2004 Modesto A's
A 2004 member of the Modesto A's squad, Stavisky played in 130 games, posted an average of .343 and finished the season with 83 RBI and 19 home runs ... Stayed with the Oakland organization until 2007 and played for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento ... Traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim club in 2008, and the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 ... Spent the 2009 season with the Double-A Reading Phillies, and started out the 2010 season with the same team, but retired from professional baseball on June 8, 2010.
2002 Modesto A's
Played in 116 games for the A's, hit 5 home runs, recorded 58 RBI and stole 16 bases in 2002 ... Following his season with the Modesto A's Sellier bounced around the Minor Leagues, even reaching the Triple-A level in 2003 ... Traded to the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2005 and finished his professional career following the 2006 season during which he played for the Class A-Advanced Clearwater Threshers and Double-A Reading Phillies.