d'Arnaud Wins Blue Jays R. Howard Webster Award, Gose Takes Community Service Award

September 16, 2011 9:47 AM

Manchester, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, are pleased to announce that Fisher Cats catcher Travis d'Arnaud was named the 2011 Double-A winner of the R. Howard Webster Award, recognizing the top player at each level of the Blue Jays organization, as announced by the Blue Jays earlier today.  Centerfielder Anthony Gose has been named the recipient of the Blue Jays' Community Service Award.

d'Arnaud led the Fisher Cats and finished fourth among active Eastern League hitters with a .311 batting average while also leading the club in doubles (33), homeruns (21), RBI (78), total bases (230), OBP (.371), and OPS (.914).  His .542 slugging percentage finished first in the EL among active players.  The 6-foot-2, 195 lb. catcher threw out 26-percent of would be base stealers this season in 98 games behind the plate.

The 22-year-old native of Long Beach, California, was selected as the starting catcher for the Eastern Division at the 2011 Northeast Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star Game in Manchester on July 13 as well as the catcher for the 2011 Eastern League Season Ending All-Star Team.  Just prior to being named the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player in August, d'Arnaud was named as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Eastern League by Baseball America.

d'Arnaud, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the fifth best prospect in the Toronto organization, was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 37th overall pick in 2007 and became a member of the Toronto Blue Jays organization when he was included in a trade from Philadelphia for Roy Halladay on December 16, 2009.

Previous winners of the Webster Award for the Fisher Cats are Eric Thames (2010), Brian Dopirak (2009), Scott Campbell (2008), David Smith (2007), Adam Lind (2006), Josh Banks (2005) and Aaron Hill (2004).  Here are all of this year's Webster Award winners:

Las Vegas 51s (AAA) - David Cooper, 1B
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) - Travis d'Arnaud, C
Dunedin Blue Jays (A Advanced) - AJ Jimenez, C
Lansing Lugnuts (A) - Jacob Marisnick, OF
Vancouver Canadians (A Short) - Justin Nicolino, P
Bluefield Blue Jays (Rookie) - Chris Hawkins, OF
DSL Blue Jays (Dominican Summer League) - Jorge Vega-Rosado, SS & Jairo Labourt P

Gose, who set the Fisher Cats single season franchise record for stolen bases with 70, quickly became a fan favorite in New Hampshire, putting in as much effort off the field as he did between the lines. The 21-year-old centerfielder strengthened the partnership developed by the Fisher Cats with the community as the go-to-guy for community appearances and initiatives. 

The EL Season Ending All-Star consistently volunteered to visit with sick children and their families.  One of those families, the Arsenaults, was particularly affected by their time with Anthony after they initially met at the ballpark in early June.  Anthony developed a relationship with their son, Donnie, who spent the summer enduring grueling rounds of chemotherapy.  Later in the season they presented Anthony a green bracelet that read 'Keep the Faith-Team Donnie' as a token of their appreciation which Anthony wears proudly each day.  

The Bellflower, California native was the only player to work all four sessions of the Fisher Cats Dartmouth-Hitchcock Baseball Camp in addition to offering his services for several other camps and community initiatives.

Tickets to for the 2011 Granite State Baseball Dinner, presented by Northeast Delta Dental on November 19 and Fisher Cats 2012 season tickets are on sale now at the Fisher Cats Ticket Office at 1 Line Drive, Manchester, NH 03101, online at www.nhfishercats.com or by calling the Fisher Cats at (603) 641-2005.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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