Luis Guillorme named SAL MVP, Wuilmer Becerra and manager Jose Leger SAL All-Stars
The Savannah Sand Gnats, who had a 17-game winning streak in the month of August to rise to the top of the standings in the South Atlantic League, have announced several individual achievements among the personnel on their club.
SS Luis Guillorme has been named the South Atlantic League’s Most Valuable Player in 2015, the club announced on Monday.
The 20-year-old Guillorme leads the SAL with a .314 batting average and 136 hits this season. He has appeared in 117 games in his first season with the Sand Gnats, and is the top-ranked shortstop in the league with a fielding percentage of .974.
Guillorme is ranked the 28th best prospect in the Mets system by MLB.com. He was the club’s tenth round selection in the 2013 first-year player draft, and the first SAL MVP to represent Savannah.
“Guillorme receiving the MVP is well deserved,” said Manager Jose Leger. “He has played well both defensively and with the bat. He has hit in the second spot of our lineup and has been driving in runs, getting on base, and bunting guys over when we need it. There is no doubt in my mind that he is our MVP.”
In addition, Wuilmer Becerra, who was acquired in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays in December, 2012, has been named a SAL All-Star in 2015.
Becerra, 20, has appeared in 112 games for the Sand Gnats in 2015 and currently ranks fifth in the SAL with 126 hits and eighth in the league in with a .295 average. He leads the Gnats with 27 doubles and is tied for the team lead with nine home runs on the season.
Lastly, Leger was named the manager of the 2015 SAL All-Star team. He led the Gnats to a first-half Southern Division Championship this season. He’s in his sixth season in the Mets organization after managing the Kingsport Mets and the DSL Mets 1 in recent years.
“I’m excited about being honored with this award,” said Leger. “I think me being named Manager of the Annual All-Star Team has a lot to do with the hard work these player put in all season. Manager of the year awards are more of a player’s award, these guys had more to do with it than myself.”
The Sand Gnats currently have an 81-49 record this season, including a 42-18 record in the second half.
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