GAILEN NAMED BASEBALL AMERICA'S INDEPENDENT LEAGUES PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ryan Harvey And Dwayne Pollok Also Named To Baseball America’s First Team Of All-stars

    
Lancaster Barnstormers left fielder Blake Gailen has been selected by Baseball America as its Independent League Player of the Year for 2012, it was announced today. The selection of Gailen was made from among the five circuits not directly affiliated with Major League organizations.

Gailen batted an Atlantic League-topping .338 while playing stellar defense in left and, occasionally center, throughout the season. He ended the season fifth in the league with 22 home runs and fourth with 89 RBI. The West Hills, CA native also finished in the top five in the league in games played (134), runs (94), hits (169), total bases (267), walks (68), on-base percentage (.415) and slugging percentage (.534). He chimed in with 26 doubles, three triples and 25 stolen bases.

In addition, he homered three times and drove in nine runs in the first two games of the playoffs against York.

“I’m really happy for Blake,” said manager Butch Hobson. “He worked very hard and excelled in every aspect of the game.”

Gailen, 27, was playing his first season in the Atlantic League. He picked up his second consecutive batting title in the minors, having won the 2011 American Association crown with a .406 mark. He has a career average of .340 in six minor league seasons.

Fellow outfielder Ryan Harvey and right-handed starter Dwayne Pollok were also named to Baseball America’s first team of All-Stars.

Harvey, a former first round pick of the Chicago Cubs, hit .302 with 27 homers, second in the league, and 79 RBI for the regular season. Of his home runs, all but one came after June 20. The slugger from Florida hit five more long balls in the post-season, an Atlantic League playoff record.

Pollok opened the season in the Barnstormers bullpen and jumped into the starting rotation in June. He finished the campaign with a 14-4 mark, tying with three others for the league lead in wins. The right-hander from San Antonio also paced the league with a club-record 2.30 ERA. Pollok went 2-0 in the playoffs, winning the opening game of each series.

You can read the full Baseball America story by J.J. Cooper by clicking here.


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