Modesto Nuts manager Mitchell Canham was named the California League Manager of the Year, the club announced today. Canham, in his first year as manager of the Modesto Nuts, led the team to the Northern Division 1st half title with a record of 39-31. It was the first time Modesto has won the first half since 2004.
"The Seattle Mariners are proud of Mitch and the work that he has done both on and off the field in Modesto this year," said Andy McKay, Director of Player Development for the Seattle Mariners. "Mitch is a leader who brings our culture to life in all of the players and staff who are fortunate enough to work with him."
Former Nuts pitcher Nick Neidert was named the California League Pitcher of the Year. Before his promotion to AA-Arkansas, Neidert was 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA for the Nuts. The 20-year old right-hander average more than one strikeout per inning over 19 starts. Neidert still leads the California League in ERA, however, he won't have enough innings pitched to qualify for the ERA title at the end of the season.
Nuts outfielder Eric Filia was named as the utility player for the post-season All-Star team. Filia is currently 6th in the California League with a .311 batting average. Filia leads the team in games played, at-bats, hits, walks and batting average.
The first-half champion Modesto Nuts begin the final homestand of the regular season on Tuesday, August 29th against the Lake Elsinore Storm. The Nuts will host the first two games of the Northern Division playoffs on Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 7th. Tickets for all remaining home and playoff games are available online at www.modestonuts.com