As the 2019 West Coast League season is officially complete the WCL all conference teams were announced earlier Monday morning, and the Pickles were well represented once again. The lone first team selection for Portland was awarded to starting pitcher Bradley McVay. McVay finished his summer with 45 innings pitched, while recording a 4-2 record along with a 2.60 ERA, and 55 strikeouts in WCL action. He appeared in 10 games, in which 8 of them were starts. Two of those starts included 10 strikeout performances against Bellingham on July 17th and Cowlitz on August 10th. The tall lefthander will be a sophomore at the University of Portland this upcoming season.
Second team selections included Pickles outfielder John Jensen, the senior to be at UC Irvine. Jensen over the summer recorded 54 hits in 40 games, good for a .338 average. He also slugged 7 home runs, which was tied for the team lead, and included 24 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Jensen’s best performance came August 7th in a win at Bend, where he got 5 hits and drove in 3. Jensen entered a game on August 3rd with an average sitting right at .300, and over the final week of the season was able to raise that average all the way up to .338, which was good for 4th highest in the whole West Coast League.
Honorable Mention Selections included first basemen Kyle Manzardo, who in 46 games tallied a total of 52 hits. The sophomore to be also slugged 5 home runs and drove in 32 runs. He ended the season with a .406 on base percentage which was good for second highest on the team. The second honorable mention selection was starting pitcher Michael Perzan, who finished the season with a total of 33.1 innings pitched. In that time Perzan appeared in 10 games, 7 of which were starts. He was able to tally a 3-1 record with a 3.24 ERA and 28 strikeouts. The tall lefty will be a sophomore at Grand Canyon University this upcoming season.
Also, Pickles Owner Alan Miller was rewarded the West Coast League Executive of the Year for his efforts. Miller took over the operations of the Pickles in February and made a lot happen in such a short time. He was behind some of the great new promotions that the Pickles debuted this year such as DB Cooper night and the Rockin the Walk Concert series every Friday. He also orchestrated some new sponserships such as Lazarus Naturals, and even the Mazatlan Venados baseball team out of Mexico.
To see the full list of all conference teams, check out this link on the WCL Website: https://westcoastleague.com/all-wcl-teams-and-honors-announced-2/
Congratulations to the players selected on a great 2019 summer, we wish all Pickles players the best of luck in their upcoming seasons with their respective schools, Pickle Nation will be rooting you guys on!