LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, announced today the 2019 season awards for the players. The Las Vegas franchise has been a member of the Pacific Coast League for 37 seasons.
Aviators President/COO Don Logan announced the following awards: Mayor's Trophy: Infielder Jorge Mateo ; Most Valuable Player: Infielder/Outfielder Seth Brown ; Most Valuable Pitcher: Right-hander Paul Blackburn ; Community Service Award: Left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein .
The Mayor's Trophy has been given annually since 1983 and is voted on by the fans. The previous winners of the Mayor's Trophy:
1983: Harry Dunlop, manager 2001: Chris Prieto, OF
1984: Rick Lancellotti, OF 2002: Luke Allen, OF
1985: John Kruk, 1B/OF - PCL batting champion 2003: Joe Thurston, 2B
1986: Tim Pyznarksi, INF 2004: Rick Bell, 3B
1987: Steve Garcia, INF 2005: Cody Ross, OF
1988: Joey Cora, INF 2006: Delwyn Young, OF
1989: Jerald Clark, OF 2007: John Lindsey, INF
1990: Joey Cora, INF 2008: John Lindsey, INF
1991: Jose Mota, INF 2009: Randy Ruiz, INF
1992: Jim Vatcher, OF 2010: J.P. Arencibia, C
1993: Brian Johnson, C 2011: David Cooper, INF
1994: Luis Lopez, INF 2012: Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
1995: Ira Smith, OF 2013: Wilmer Flores, INF
1996: Rico Rossy, INF 2014: Matt den Dekker, OF
1997: Doug Dascenzo, OF 2015: Travis Taijeron, OF
1998: George Arias, INF 2016: T.J. Rivera, INF
1999: Rico Rossy, INF 2017: Amed Rosario, INF
2000: Greg LaRocca, INF 2018: Peter Alonso, INF
Jorge Mateo (Mayor's Trophy): The Athletics No. 8 Top Prospect (according to Baseball America, entering the '19 season, shortstop) has appeared in 115 games for Triple-A Las Vegas and is batting .288 (148-for-514) with 28 doubles, PCL leading 14 triples, 18 home runs, 76 RBI and team leader with 23 stolen bases (34 attempts).
He has led the PCL in triples for the past two seasons (16 with Nashville in 2018) and established a Las Vegas franchise record for most triples in a season, breaking Joe Thurston's 13 triples in 2002. Mateo was named to the PCL All-Star Team on June 26 and to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Roster (American League) on June 28. He was 1-for-2 in the Futures game (July 7) and 2-for-3, triple, 2 RBI in Triple-A All-Star Game (July 10).
He compiled two, 15-game hitting streaks from April 11-27 and batted .377 (26-for-69) over that stretch and May 24 - June 8 and batted .375 (27-for-72) over that stretch.
Mateo has compiled 44 multiple-hit games (32 two-hit games; 9 three-hit games; 3 four-hit games) and hit safely in 89 of 115 games. He was 4-for-5, two doubles, triple vs. Sacramento (April 11); 4-for-5, RBI, three runs scored vs. San Antonio (June 10); 4-for-6, two solo homers, stolen base, four runs scored at El Paso (July 26).
Seth Brown (Most Valuable Player): Brown appeared in 112 games and batted .297 (134-for-451) with 29 doubles, 6 triples, 37 home runs (ranks 2nd/PCL), 104 RBI (leads PCL) and ranks 1st/PCL in total bases (286) when he was promoted to the Oakland Athletics on August 26. He made his Major League debut with the A's at Kansas City (8/26) and was 2-for-6, RBI.
Brown was named PCL Player of the Week (July 22-28, .480, 12-for-25, 8 HR, 13 RBI) and ranks second all-time in Las Vegas franchise history for most home runs in a single season (44, Phil Hiatt in 2001).
Brown recorded a season-high nine-game hitting streak from August (16-24) and batted .429 (15-for-35) with 3 HR, 9 RBI over that stretch. Over a 28-game span from July 23 - August 22, he compiled an impressive 42 RBI.
He recorded 34 multiple-hit games (20 two-hit games; 12 three-hit games and 2 four-hit games) and hit safely in 84 of 112 games.
Top Performances: He was 3-for-4, three home runs, 6 RBI vs. Fresno (April 15); 4-for-4, walk, two doubles, 2 RBI at Reno (May 27); 4-for-5, two doubles, 2 RBI at Salt Lake (July 20); 3-for-4 HR, 3 RBI at Sacramento (May 30); 3-for-5, two doubles, SB, SF, 4 RBI at Fresno (June 27); 3-for-3, walk, double, triple, SB vs. Reno (July 2); 3-for-4, walk, 2 HR, 3 RBI, vs. El Paso (July 23); 3-for-4, walk, 2 HR, 4 RBI at El Paso (July 27); 3-for-4, HBP, double, 2 HR, 5 RBI at Omaha (August 12).
Paul Blackburn (Most Valuable Pitcher): The right-hander ranks in several categories in the PCL: 2nd in winning percentage (.790); T-2nd in victories (11); 2nd in WHIP (1.26); 5th in ERA (4.34); 7th in innings pitched (132.2). He has appeared in 24 games (started 22) and has posted a 11-3 record and has allowed 133 hits and struck out 92 batters (team leader).
He has recorded 6.0 in six starts and 7.0 innings in six starts. Top performances: defeated Sacramento on April 11 (7.0 IP/5 H/1 R); defeated Reno on April 29 (6.0 shutout innings/3 H/4 SO); no decision vs. Albuquerque on May 23 (7.0 shutout innings/1 H/7 SO); no decision vs. Tacoma on July 16 (7.0 shutout innings/5 H/5 SO); defeated El Paso on July 28 (7.0 shutout innings/7 H/5 SO); defeated Iowa on August 9 (7.0 shutout innings/5 H/4 SO); defeated Reno on August 21 (6.0 IP/3 H/1 R/7 SO).
Blackburn was promoted to Oakland on June 8 for a spot start at Texas (lost/3.0 IP/5 R/ 4 SO).
Kyle Lobstein (Community Service Award): The left-hander ranks second on the staff with 41 appearances and has posted a 6-2 record with two saves and a 4.55 ERA. He has allowed 63 hits in 65.1 innings pitched and has struck out 65 batters. He posted victories against Sacramento (April 17); Salt Lake (July 14); Iowa (August 7); Omaha (August 12); Albuquerque (August 17) and Reno (August 20).
Lobstein has been one of the most consistent relievers on the staff over the second half of the season. In June, seven games, a 3.09 ERA (11.2 IP/11 SO); July: eight games, 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA (14.0 IP/9 SO); August 4-0 record in nine games (8.0 IP/8 SO).
He has participated in various charity functions, school events, autograph sessions and pre-game events throughout the season.
The most valuable player and most valuable pitcher were chosen by the Aviators coaching staff and the community service award was chosen by the Aviators front office.
The Aviators, under 2019 PCL Manager of the Year Fran Riordan, will conclude the 2019 regular season with a four-game homestand against the Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, over the Labor Day Weekend from Friday-Monday, August 30 - September 2 at Las Vegas Ballpark®.
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