Goldschmidt named MVP, top rookie

Ports, Mavs each place three on Postseason All-Star Team

Paul Goldschmidt is Visalia's first MVP since Reid Brignac in 2006. (Ken Weisenberger/

By Daren Smith / | August 27, 2010 4:35 PM

Visalia Rawhide slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who shares the Minor League lead with 33 homers, on Friday was named California League MVP and Rookie of the Year.

Goldschmidt also leads the league with 72 extra-base hits, 37 doubles, 289 total bases and a .592 slugging percentage while ranking second with 96 RBIs. He's hitting .305 in 127 games.

The Diamondbacks' eighth-round pick in the 2009 Draft is the ninth MVP in team history, tying the Rawhide with the Stockton Ports for tops in league history. Reid Brignac was Visalia's last MVP in 2006.

Lake Elsinore Storm closer Brad Brach was named Pitcher of the Year after breaking the league record with 40 saves. He's 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 58 games.

Carlos Lezcano is the Manager of the Year after guiding Lake Elsinore to the first-half South Division title. The Storm also are one game behind High Desert and Rancho Cucamonga for the second-half crown.

Goldschmidt and Brach headline a Postseason All-Star Team that includes three members each from the Ports and Mavericks.

High Desert's Rich Poythress, the Minor League leader with 121 RBIs, got the nod as designated hitter, while Kyle Seager is the second baseman and Johermyn Chavez (.316, 31 homers, 93 RBIs) is one of three All-Star outfielders. Seager leads the circuit with a .346 average and had a 32-game hitting streak from June 19-July 27.

Stockton's representatives are shortstop Grant Green, a former first-round pick who's hitting .312 with 17 homers and 77 RBIs, third baseman Stephen Parker (.291, 19, 87) and right-hander Shawn Haviland (8-6, 3.64).

Francisco Peguero (.316, 9, 65, 38 stolen bases) of the San Jose Giants and Visalia's Marc Krauss (.308, 24, 82) are the other outfielders. Modesto Nuts teammates Jordan Pacheco (.321, 5, 70) and Jimmy Cesario (.315, 6, 63, 16) were selected as catcher and utility player, while San Jose's Eric Surkamp (4-2, 3.11) and Lake Elsinore's Anthony Bass (7-7, 3.31) fill out the pitching staff.

2010 California League Postseason All-Star Team
C Jordan Pacheco Modesto .321 5 70
1B Paul Goldschmidt Visalia .314 35 108
2B Kyle Seager High Desert .345 14 74
SS Grant Green Stockton .318 20 87
3B Stephen Parker Stockton .296 21 91
OF Johermyn Chavez High Desert .315 32 96
OF Francisco Peguero San Jose .329 10 77
OF Mark Krauss Visalia .302 25 87
DH Rich Poythress High Desert .315 31 130
UTIL Jimmy Cesario Modesto .316 6 71
SP Eric Surkamp San Jose 4 2 3.11
SP Anthony Bass Lake Elsinore 8 7 3.13
RP Brad Brach Lake Elsinore 5 2 2.47 41

Most Valuable Player: Paul Goldschmidt, Visalia
Manager of the Year: Carlos Lezcano, Lake Elsinore

Daren Smith is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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