Express' Roberts named top PCL trainer

Now one of 17 finalists for Minor League Trainer of the Year

By Pacific Coast League | August 21, 2014 3:00 PM ET

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Jason Roberts of the Round Rock Express has been named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the league announced today.

Roberts earned the Athletic Trainer of the Year award after being selected by his peers. He is now among the 17 league winners across Minor League Baseball to be considered for Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year, which will be announced and awarded at the Winter Meetings this upcoming December in San Diego, California.

This season with the Express, Roberts has worked with 73 players including seven on major league rehab assignments from the Texas Rangers. In July, he was selected as the PCL's athletic trainer for the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham, North Carolina. The All-Star Game appearance was his first in his six seasons working at the Triple-A level.

The 38-year-old is in his eighth season in the Rangers' organization, having spent the past four with Round Rock. Roberts has also worked with the GCL Dodgers (2002-04), Class-A Columbus (2005), High-A Vero Beach (2006), Double-A Frisco (2007-08), and Triple-A Oklahoma City (2009-10) during his professional career.

Roberts received his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Middle Tennessee State in 2001, where he also pitched for the Blue Raiders baseball team for two seasons. The native of Canberra, Australia, represented his home country in the 2013 World Baseball Classic serving as the team's athletic trainer.

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