Six Victoria Generals Named to All-TCL Team
The Victoria Generals were in the League Championship Series, and even though they came up short for the 2nd year in a row, 6 players received the honor of being named to the All-Texas Collegiate League team, the most of any team.
Honors this year went to Generals pitcher Kris Looper who was named Pitcher of the Year, while Pedro Barrios shared Freshman of the Year honors with John Jaeger of the East Texas Pump Jacks.
Kris Looper was outstanding on the mound, wrapping up the season with a 1.06 ERA with a record of 4-2 with 1 save.
Pedro Barrios was a co-selection as Freshman Of the Year as the top Freshman player in the league, batting .270 with 22 runs scored and 19 RBI in 51 games while playing superb defense. The Ranger College middle infielder, who was selected to start at second base in the TCL All-Star Game, finished the season and the playoffs with an eight-game hitting streak.
Alvaro Rondon claimed his spot on the All-TCL Team at Shortstop. Rondon played in 32 games for the Generals before getting picked up as a free agent by the Arizona Daimondbacks. In 32 games, Rondon hit .364 with 48 hits, two doubles, three triples, 11 RBI's while drawing 18 walks and only striking out five times on the season. Rondon was also a threat on the base path with 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts.
Justin Pacchioli was an All-TCL selection in the Outfield, also winning the batting title hitting .370 (second all time in Generals history to Mark Hudson .375 in 2009) in 44 games played. Pacchioli had 57 hits, seven doubles, two triples, three HR's, 39 runs scored, 22 RBI's, while drawing 32 walks. Pacchioli was also solid on the base path with 21 stolen bases in 22 attempts.
Brian Portelli was also a selection for the All-TCL Team in the Outfield. Portelli played in 54 games, hit .312, had 64 hits, 13 doubles, five triples, three HR's, had 35 RBI's, scored 25 runs while drawing 22 walks. Portelli's five triples was a Victoria Generals team record that was set by Mark Hudson in 2009.
Wrapping up the All-TCL selections at the Utility position is CJ Pickering who shared the award with Anthony Gonsolin and Dirk Masters. Pickering earned the award for his solid play to wrap up the season including several relief appearances on the mound. Pickering was one of the Generals clutch hitters down the stretch, coming up big several times hitting game winners to help the Generals compete for the TCL championship. As a reliever, Pickering made five appearances, 8.1 innings, 1.08 ERA, allowed one earned run, while striking out eight and walked three batters. Pickering ended the season with a 1-0 record.
Here is the complete list of winners:
2014 TCL Award Winners
Player of the Year: Connor Barron, Acadiana
Pitcher of the Year: Kris Looper, Victoria
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Pedro Barrios, Victoria & John Jaeger, East Texas
Coach of the Year: Curt Dixon, Brazos Valley
2014 All-TCL Team
Catcher: Cason Shaddy, Texas
First Base: Spence Rahm, Woodlands
Second Base: Pedro Barrios, Victoria
Third Base: Chance Vincent, Acadiana
Shortstop: Alvaro Rondon, Victoria
Outfield: Connor Barron, Acadiana
Outfield: James Lear, East Texas
Outfield: Justin Pacchioli, Victoria
Outfield: Brian Portelli, Victoria
Designated Hitter: Logan Nottebrok, Brazos Valley
Right-Handed Pitcher: Kris Looper, Victoria
Left-Handed Pitcher: Cody Brannon, Brazos Valley
Relief Pitcher: Gandy Stubblefield, Woodlands
Utility: Anthony Gonsolin, East Texas
Utility: Dirk Masters, Woodlands
Utility: C.J. Pickering, Victoria