Augusta, GA - Augusta GreenJackets outfielder Shawn Payne was named today to the South Atlantic League's Postseason All-Star Team as part of an announcement made by league president Eric Krupa this morning.
Earning the nod as a utility outfielder, Payne was the only GreenJacket from this year's team to earn the honor. With a .311 batting average entering play tonight, Payne boasts the sixth-best mark in the South Atlantic League and has consistently been a part of the league's top-ten in hitting for most of the summer. His 52 stolen bases are second to only Lexington's Delino DeShields Jr. and tops among players still in the league, since DeShields Jr. has since been promoted. Those 52 steals are also tops among all Giants minor leaguers.
In addition, the .311 batting average is tops on a team hitting just .242 this year. Payne's 56 RBI's entering play tonight are a team-high while his 19 doubles are the fourth-most on the team.
Highlights of the full team include the selections for Most Outstanding Pitcher (Mike Foltynewicz - Lexington Legends), Most Outstanding Major League Prospect (Gregory Polanco - West Virginia Power), and Most Valuable Player (Matt Skole - Hagerstown Suns). The All-Star team was voted on by a compilation of field managers, coaches, broadcasters and sports writer's from the league's 14 teams.
Here is the full South Atlantic League Postseason All-Star team, as announced today by Krupa:
Manager Joe Mikulik Asheville
Coach Josh Bonifay Lexington
RH Pitcher Mike Foltynewicz Lexington
LH Pitcher Tyler Anderson Asheville
Catcher Austin Barnes Greensboro
First Baseman Harold Riggins Asheville
Second Baseman Delino DeShields, Jr. Lexington
Shortstop Alen Hanson West Virginia
Third Baseman Matt Skole Hagerstown
Utility Infielder Trevor Story Asheville
Outfielder Keury De La Cruz Greenville
Outfielder Brent Keys Greensboro
Outfielder Gregory Polanco West Virginia
Utility Outfielder Shawn Payne Augusta
Designated Hitter Zachary Johnson Lexington
Most Outstanding Pitcher Mike Foltynewicz Lexington
Most Outstanding MLB Prospect Gregory Polanco West Virginia
Most Valuable Player Matt Skole Hagerstown
The GreenJackets play their final road game tonight against the Rome Braves. Tonight's game is slated to start at 7:05 p.m. with radio pregame coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1340 AM and online at www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.
On Friday, the GreenJackets return home to open their final 2012 home series - a four-game set against the Charleston RiverDogs. Single-game tickets for any home game can currently be obtained by calling 706-922-WINS or online at www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.