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.