York Revolution's Perez, Pounds earn All-Atlantic League honors
The All-Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team has been announced, and two York Revolution players have been recognized — Andres Perez at first base and Bryan Pounds at third.
For Perez, it's his third selection to the all-league team. He was honored as the league's top second baseman in 2012 and 2013 with the Revs, before he made a position change and played last season with the Sioux City Explorers in the American Association.
In 2015, Perez became the franchise career hits, RBI and doubles leader, and also took over the top spot on the Revolution's all-time games-played list. After a slow start last season, Perez finished with a .291 batting average with 16 homers and a league-leading 92 RBIs. It was the third time in four years a York first baseman led the league in RBIs (Chris Nowak in 2012 and Chad Tracy in 2014). Perez led the league in RBIs by nine and was fourth in home runs, ascending to second on the Revolution career list, now just seven homers behind Nowak.
Perez was the 2015 Revolution MVP, as selected by the team's front office. He also finished with the team triple crown. Earlier in the season, Perez started for the Freedom Division at first base in the Atlantic League All-Star Game at Bridgeport.
Pounds didn't sign with York until the first day of preseason camp in April, but his impact was immediate and steady throughout the season. As camp ended, third baseman Travis Garcia departed for the Mexican League, and the versatile Pounds immediately stepped in as the everyday answer at that position. He also played second and short throughout the year.
Pounds finished the year as a .272 hitter with 13 home runs and 66 RBIs. He also had 25 doubles, a .421 slugging percentage and a .358 on-base percentage. Pounds drew 61 walks, which as second in the Atlantic League, only to his teammate Brandon Boggs (72). Pounds started at third base for the Freedom Division at the All-Star Game in Bridgeport.
Atlantic League postseason awards are voted on by league managers, coaches and front-office personnel. The full Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team and individual awards are below:
Catcher: Chris Wallace, Sugar Land.
First Base: Andres Perez, York.
Second Base: Delwyn Young, Sugar Land/Cody Puckett, Long Island (tie in the voting).
Third Base: Bryan Pounds, York.
Shortstop: Dan Lyons, Long Island.
Outfield: Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Lancaster.
Outfield: Wellington Dotel, Bridgeport (Player of Year).
Outfield: Aharon Eggleston, Somerset.
Designated Hitter: Sean Burroughs, Long Island.
Starting Pitcher: John Brownell, Long Island (Pitcher of Year).
Relief Pitcher: Buddy Boshers, Somerset.
Closer: Matt Gorgen, Camden.
Manager: Brett Jodie, Somerset.