Manchester, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, are pleased to announce that Fisher Cats catcher Travis d'Arnaud was named the 2011 Double-A winner of the R. Howard Webster Award, recognizing the top player at each level of the Blue Jays organization, as announced by the Blue Jays earlier today. Centerfielder Anthony Gose has been named the recipient of the Blue Jays' Community Service Award.
d'Arnaud led the Fisher Cats and finished fourth among active Eastern League hitters with a .311 batting average while also leading the club in doubles (33), homeruns (21), RBI (78), total bases (230), OBP (.371), and OPS (.914). His .542 slugging percentage finished first in the EL among active players. The 6-foot-2, 195 lb. catcher threw out 26-percent of would be base stealers this season in 98 games behind the plate.
22-year-old native of
who entered the season ranked by Baseball
America as the fifth best prospect in the
Previous winners of the Webster Award for the Fisher Cats are Eric Thames (2010), Brian Dopirak (2009), Scott Campbell (2008), David Smith (2007), Adam Lind (2006), Josh Banks (2005) and Aaron Hill (2004). Here are all of this year's Webster Award winners:
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Gose, who set the
Fisher Cats single
season franchise record for stolen bases with 70, quickly became a fan
The EL Season Ending All-Star consistently volunteered to visit with sick children and their families. One of those families, the Arsenaults, was particularly affected by their time with Anthony after they initially met at the ballpark in early June. Anthony developed a relationship with their son, Donnie, who spent the summer enduring grueling rounds of chemotherapy. Later in the season they presented Anthony a green bracelet that read 'Keep the Faith-Team Donnie' as a token of their appreciation which Anthony wears proudly each day.
for the 2011 Granite State Baseball Dinner, presented by Northeast
on November 19 and Fisher Cats 2012 season tickets are on sale now at
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