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Two Hops Named to Year-End NWL All-Star Team

September 5, 2016

Northwest League President Mike Ellis released the 2016 NWL Year-End All-Star Team on Monday. Two Hillsboro Hops made the team.

Hops LHP Anfernee Benitez was one of five pitchers named to the team. On the 2016 season, Benitez went 7-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts). He finished fourth in the league in innings pitched (72.1), third in the league in strikeouts (71), and led the league in wins (7).

Hops catcher Luke Lowery was also named to the team. Through September 4, Lowery held a .265 batting average with 5 home runs and 32 runs batted in. He has also stolen 19 bases, good for fifth in the NWL. He finished second in the league in caught stealing percentage, throwing out 37.8% of attempted base-stealers (17-45).

The full Year-End All-Star Team includes:

Catcher: Luke Lowery, Hillsboro

First Base: Kristian Brito, Everett

Second Base: Kevin Rivera, Salem-Keizer

Third Base: Nick Zammarelli, Everett

Shortstop: Garrett Hampson, Boise

Outfield: Gio Brusa, Salem-Keizer

Outfield: Eric Filia, Everett

Outfield: Heath Quinn, Salem-Keizer

DH: Jacob Bosiokovic, Boise

Pitcher: Anfernee Benitez, Hillsboro

Pitcher: Dylan Cease, Eugene

Pitcher: Joey Lucchesi, Tri-City

Pitcher: Patrick Murphy, Vancouver

Pitcher: Manuel Rondon, Eugene


Manager of the Year:  Jesus Feliciano, Eugene

Most Valuable Player: Eric Filia, Everett

Pitcher of the Year: Manuel Rondon, Eugene


The Northwest League playoffs begin September 7th when Hillsboro hosts Eugene at Ron Tonkin Field.