Atlantic League honors Revolution's Perez for his defensive work
The Atlantic League has named its first-ever all-defense team, and Andres Perez of the York Revolution was honored for his work at first base.
Officially, the team is the "2015 Red, White and Blue All-Defense Team," a nod to the vintage-inspired red-and-blue-stitched baseball introduced by Rawlings and the Atlantic League at this season's All-Star Game in Bridgeport. The ball, a homage to the red-and-blue-stitched ball used in the American League in the 1920s and 1930s, was used for the remainder of the season and will be the official Atlantic League ball moving forward.
Included in the All-Defense team is the "Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year Award" in the Atlantic League. The inaugural winner is Long Island Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons.
Perez being named to the team was made more impressive by the fact that he spent 2015 still transitioning to a new position, after earning All-Atlantic League honors at second base with the Revs in 2012 and 2013. Perez boasted a .990 fielding percentage this season, committing eight errors in 135 games played. He played in all but four games in 2015.
Other Perez honors: Perez added this honor to the following this season:
— Revolution career hits leader.
— Revolution career RBI leader.
— Revolution career doubles leader.
— Revolution career games-played leader.
— Revolution triple crown (.291 average, 16 homers, 92 RBIs).
— Led the Atlantic League in RBIs.
— Moved to second on the Revolution career home run list, now trailing Chris Nowak (2011-2012) by just seven.
— Named 2015 Revolution Most Valuable Player.
— Started at first base for Freedom Division in the Atlantic League All-Star Game at Bridgeport.
— Named to All-Atlantic League Postseason All-Star Team.
All-Defense Team: The full team All-Defense listing is below, which includes the winner of Grounds Crew of the Year:
Catcher: Juan Apodaca, Lancaster.
First Base: Andres Perez, York.
Second Base: Nate Spears, Somerset.
Third Base: Patrick Palmeiro, Sugar Land.
Shortstop: Dan Lyons, Long Island.
Outfield: Wellington Dotel, Bridgeport.
Outfield: Carlos Guzman, Camden.
Outfield: Michael Rockett, Camden.
Pitcher: Roy Merritt, Somerset.
Grounds Crew of the Year: Sugar Land Skeeters, Constellation Field.
Head Groundskeeper: Brad Detmore.