The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce its 2016 All-League team. The first team is below:
C – Joe Genord (Amsterdam Mohawks)
1B – Chris Kwitzer (Glens Falls Dragons)
2B – Chris Givin (Amsterdam Mohawks)
3B – Tyler Plantier (Elmira Pioneers)
SS – Tyler Frank (Amsterdam Mohawks)
OF – Dale Wickham (Victor RailRiders)
OF – Drew Arciuolo (Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs)
OF – Taylor Olmstead (Utica Blue Sox)
OF – JJ Shimko (Albany Dutchmen)
UTL/DH – Justin Childers (Albany Dutchmen)
SP – Brennen Smith (Victor RailRiders)
SP – Cameron Enck (Amsterdam Mohawks)
SP – Joe DeSarro (Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs)
SP – Evan Giles (Albany Dutchmen)
RP – Chase Haney (Amsterdam Mohawks)
RP – Troy Montemayor (Albany Dutchmen)
RP – Parker Carraci (Elmira Pioneers)
The Amsterdam Mohawks have the most players on the first team with five selections. The Mohawks won their fourth league championship in the six years of the PGCBL and had the best record in the regular season. Both Victor and Elmira had two selections, tied for the most of any West Division team.
PGCBL Player of the Year Joe Genord was named to the first team along with Co-Pitchers of the Year Joe DeSarro and Brennen Smith.
In total, seven of the 13 teams in the PGCBL had a representative named to the first team, which is voted on by the PGCBL Board of Directors.
A closer look at each first team player’s season:
C: Joe Genord (South Florida), Amsterdam
The PGCBL Player of the Year hit .296 on the season and led the league with seven home runs and a PGCBL record 45 RBIs. He stole five bases, drew 30 walks and anchored a lineup that led Amsterdam to its fourth championship in five years. His .942 OPS was in the top five of the league among qualifiers. The South Florida product’s 32.967 Runs Created led the league and his SECA (secondary average) of .447 was also among the league leaders.
1B: Chris Kwitzer (Buffalo), Glens Falls
Chris Kwitzer has been named to the PGCBL All-League team for the second straight year. He hit .352 with four home runs and 26 RBIs and was also named a starter in the All-Star Game. The lefty slugger had an OPS of 1.016 and also stole two bases. Kwitzer was also named to the All-League Team last year as a third baseman for the Adirondack Trail Blazers.
2B: Chris Givin (Xavier), Amsterdam
The league batting leader did a little bit of everything in the No. 2 spot of the league’s top offense. Givin hit .383 during the regular season with 11 stolen bases, two home runs and six doubles. The Xavier product posted a .429 on-base percentage and a .903 OPS. In the postseason, Givin hit a staggering .520 with three doubles and seven RBIs. He had four hits in the deciding game of the PGCBL Championship Series.
3B: Tyler Plantier (UC Davis), Elmira
Plantier has been named to the All-League Team after hitting .319 with 10 extra base hits and 22 RBIs for the West Division regular season champion Elmira Pioneers. Plantier finished the season with eight doubles, a triple and one home run. The UC Davis product also stole four bases to go along with his .404 on-base percentage. With runners in scoring position, Plantier hit .321 and .360 with runners on base.
SS: Tyler Frank (Florida Atlantic), Amsterdam
Frank was a staple in the middle of the Amsterdam lineup, hitting .302 with four home runs and 32 RBIs. The Florida Atlantic product hit nine doubles and a triple. He finished the season with a .449 on-base percentage and a .949 OPS while playing a strong shortstop for the East Division regular season and overall PGCBL champion Amsterdam Mohawks. Frank had 26.257 Runs Created, the most of any shortstop and second among middle infielders, trailing only teammate Chris Givin (26.62). He was twice named Player of the Week.
OF: Dale Wickham (Cornell), Victor
Wickham is a member of the All-League Team after finishing the season with the second-highest batting average in the league (.376). The selection is a culmination of a successful season for Wickham, who clubbed two home runs, drove in 18 runs and finished with 12 extra base hits overall. His 29.474 Runs Created were the third-most among outfielders and fourth overall in the league. He finished the season with a .924 OPS.
OF: Drew Arciuolo (Fairfield), Mohawk Valley
Arciuolo was the anchor of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs lineup, hitting .371 with 23 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Arciuolo had the second-most Runs Created in the league with 30.8, which trailed only PGCBL Player of the Year Joe Genord for the league lead. He finished the season with a .459 on-base percentage and a .930 OPS for Mohawk Valley.
OF: Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire), Utica
A year after being named to the PGCBL All-League second team, Taylor Olmstead has been named to the PGCBL All-League first team. Olmstead hit .306 with 30 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He led the league with seven triples and had 26.918 Runs Created. The Southern New Hampshire produce finished with 13 extra base hits on the season and was a member of the West Division All-Star Team.
OF: JJ Shimko (USC Upstate), Albany
Shimko was an overall offensive force for the Albany Dutchmen this season, hitting .339 with close to 30 Runs Created and tying for the league lead with 28 stolen bases. The Week Two Player of the Week had the fifth-highest batting average in the league and wrapped up the regular season with a .443 on-base percentage and .872 OPS. He hit .386 with runners in scoring position and .396 against left-handed pitching for the second place Dutchmen.
UTL/DH: Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican), Albany
Childers has been named to the All-League Team after being the ultimate utility man for the Albany Dutchmen. While playing nearly every position on the field at some point this season, Childers hit .321 with three home runs and 31 RBIs. He stole 14 bases and had 28.247 Runs Created. The Ohio Dominican product hit nine doubles to go with a .837 OPS.
SP: Brennen Smith (Canisius), Victor
A Co-Pitcher of the Year, Smith finished in the top three in each pitching Triple Crown category. The lefty tied for the league lead with 52 strikeouts, posted a 1.06 ERA and won four games. The 1.06 ERA is the fourth lowest ERA in PGCBL history. Smith appeared in 13 games (seven starts) this season for Victor. In his final three wins of the season, the Canisius product combined to throw 22 innings, allowed just two runs and struck out 18 batters. He finished the season with a 1.20 WHIP as opponents hit just .160 off him.
SP: Cameron Enck (Maryland), Amsterdam
Enck set a new PGCBL record with a 0.39 ERA this season. He finished the summer with a 5-1 record for Amsterdam with 24 strikeouts in 46 innings. The right-hander had a 1.07 WHIP and opponents hit just .231 off him. Enck really buckled down during the rare occurrence of runners getting in scoring position as opponents hit .162 off him in those situations. He went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA during the postseason.
SP: Joe DeSarro (Herkimer CC), Mohawk Valley
A Co-Pitcher of the Year, DeSarro led a Mohawk Valley pitching staff that won 27 games this season. He led the league with seven wins, which tied a league record. His 61 innings pitched also led the league and is the second-most in PGCBL history. The right-hander had a 2.80 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Opponents hit just .231 against him and he he struck out 46 batters, which was top 10 in the league. The Herkimer product went 7-0 in his final eight appearances. He allowed no more than two earned runs in any of those games.
SP: Evan Giles (Indiana State), Albany
Giles has been named to the All-League Team after anchoring an Albany pitching staff that posted the lowest team ERA in the league. He had a 1.50 ERA, the fourth-lowest in the league, in eight appearances (seven starts) and 37 strikeouts. The right-hander finished the season with a 3-2 record and 1.14 WHIP. Opponents hit just .200 off him. It got worse for lefties, who hit just .122 off him.
RP: Chase Haney (Florida State), Amsterdam
Haney was dominant out of the Amsterdam bullpen, posting a 0.76 ERA in 15 appearances with a 2-1 record. He struck out 38 batters in 23.2 innings and opponents hit .167 off him. The sidearmer had a 0.68 WHIP, thanks in part to just two walks all season. He notched four saves in the regular season and another in the postseason.
RP: Troy Montemayor (Baylor), Albany
Coming to Albany after posting a stellar freshman season at Baylor, Troy Montemayor put up astounding numbers for the Dutchmen, ultimately earning All-League Team honors. The righty had a 0.78 ERA for Baylor during the college season and a 0.52 ERA for the Dutchmen. He notched seven saves and struck out 25 batters in 17 innings. The righty had a 0.94 WHIP and a .219 batting average against.
RP: Parker Caracci (Ole Miss), Elmira
In fitting with the theme of the top teams in the league having anchors at the back end of their bullpen, Parker Caracci was dominant for the West Division regular season champion Elmira Pioneers. Caracci posted a 0.78 ERA with seven saves and 37 strikeouts in 23 innings. He posted a 5-1 record and a 1.04 WHIP with a .133 batting average against.
The second team All-PGCBL:
C – Christ Conley (Jamestown Jammers)
1B – Ben Brookover (Jamestown Jammers)
2B – Nick Russo (Victor RailRiders)
3B – Sam Fragale (Newark Pilots)
SS – Greg Cullen (Newark Pilots)
OF – Franklin Jennings (Utica Blue Sox)
OF – Alex Thrower (Saugerties Stallions)
OF – Quin Cotton (Oneonta Outlaws)
OF – Mac Crispino (Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
UTL/DH – Mitchell Calandra (Utica Blue Sox)
SP – Austin Keen (Amsterdam Mohawks
SP – Taylor Ahearn (Elmira Pioneers)
SP – Andrew Kneussle (Glens Falls Dragons)
SP – David Palmer (Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs)
RP – Zachary Vennaro (Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs)
RP – Cory Blessing (Jamestown Jammers)
RP – Antonio Baglivo (Oneonta Outlaws)
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