Great Falls' Sanchez, Helena manager Diggs also honored
Michael Ratterree played four years at Rice before being drafted. (Chris Talley/FutureStarPhotos.com)
By Sam Dykstra | September 1, 2013 8:38 AM ET
During his time at Rice University, Michael Ratterree was named a Freshman All-American in 2010 and was selected to the Second Team ABCA All-South Region and Conference USA Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
But he was never an MVP until he went pro.
Ratterree has been named the winner of the Pioneer League Ralph Nelles (MVP) Award for the 2013 season. He also occupies one of three outfield spots on the Rookie-level circuit's All-Star team, the league announced.
The 22-year-old led the league with 12 homers, 54 RBIs and a .618 slugging percentage in 58 games for Helena, as of Sunday. He also ranked in the top five in average (.320, fifth), hits (73, fifth) OPS (1.018, second) and doubles (20, second). The Houston native spent his first professional season in Helena after being selected in the 10th round of this year's Draft back in June.
Great Falls right-hander Jake Sanchez takes home the Logan Hurlburt Pitcher of the Year Award after leading the league with a 3.09 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 72 strikeouts over 13 starts (75 2/3 innings). The 24-year-old walked only 12 batters in that span.
Tony Diggs -- Ratterree's skipper in Helena -- was named the Manager of the Year after leading the Brewers to a North Division first-half title. Helena owns the second-best overall record in the league at 40-28, one game behind Great Falls (41-27).
Other honorees on this year's All-Star squad include Grand Junction's Raimel Tapia, who leads the circuit with a .351 average; Ogden's Jacob Scavuzzo, who is tied with Ratterree for the homer lead with 12; and Orem's Jonathan Van Eaton, who leads with nine saves thanks to a 1.10 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 14 appearances.
Here's the official breakdown of this year's Pioneer League All-Star Team:
2013 Pioneer LEague all-Star Team
Jonathan Van Eaton
Manager of the Year
* -- Ralph Nelles Award (MVP), ^ -- Logan Hurlburt Pitcher of the Year Award
Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com.
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