KISSIMMEE, Fla (Sept. 5, 2017) - Florida Fire Frogs second baseman Alay Lago claimed the Florida State League batting crown for the 2017 season. The native of Cuba led the league with a .303 batting average (126-for-416) through 113 games. The 26-year-old finished the season with a team-leading 20 doubles, six home runs, and 46 RBI.
Lago edged out Charlotte's (TB) Brandon Lowe, who put up a mark of .311 while playing for the Stone Crabs. The Tampa Bay Rays' prospect was promoted to Double-A Montgomery on Aug. 2, leaving him nine plate appearances short of qualifying among the league leaders.
In order to qualify for a league batting title, a player must average 2.7 plate appearances per league game (or 378 plate appearances). Lowe finished his time in the Florida State League with 369 plate appearances. With an adjusted batting average (0-for-9), the 23-year-old's average dips to .302.
According to Rule 9.22 Minimum Standards for Individual Championships:
To assure uniformity in establishing the batting, pitching and fielding championships of professional leagues, such champions shall meet the following minimum performance standards:
(a) The individual batting, slugging or on-base percentage champion shall be the player with the highest batting average, slugging percentage or on-base percentage, as the case may be, provided the player is credited with as many or more total appearances at the plate in league championship games as the number of games scheduled for each club in his club's league that season, multiplied by 3.1 in the case of a Major League player and by 2.7 in the case of a National Association player. Total appearances at the plate shall include official times at bat, plus bases on balls, times hit by pitcher, sacrifice hits, sacrifice flies and times awarded first base because of interference or obstruction. Notwithstanding the foregoing requirement of minimum appearances at the plate, any player with fewer than the required number of plate appearances whose average would be the highest, if he were charged with the required number of plate appearances shall be awarded the batting, slugging or on-base percentage championship, as the case may be.
About the Florida Fire Frogs
The Florida Fire Frogs are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Florida State League. The Fire Frogs play their home games at Osceola County Stadium, located at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
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