Pippins OF Vince Fernandez Named West Coast League MVP - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Pippins OF Vince Fernandez Named West Coast League MVP

Posted: Updated:
YAKIMA, WA – After a record-setting summer with the Yakima Valley Pippins, Vince Fernandez was honored by the West Coast League Tuesday as the league’s most valuable player, the first player from an expansion team to garner this accolade in WCL history.

“It’s gratifying to see that coaches around the league have recognized the significant impact of what Vince was able to do in all facets of the game this summer,” said Pippins Manager Marcus McKimmy. “Vince is a very special player who was an everyday centerfielder for us and extremely talented run creator on the bases, and especially with that bat. We are extremely grateful he was a Pippin and can’t wait to track his progress as a sophomore at UC Riverside.”

Fernandez, an outfielder from UC Riverside, hit .359 this season (5th in the WCL) with a league-best 10 home runs and 51 runs batted in, both of which set new WCL single-season records. Fernandez broke both records simultaneously with a grand slam at Wenatchee in the final game of the regular season.

In addition to his triple-crown statistics, Fernandez also led the team in hits (61), doubles (13) and walks (31), while finishing tied for first with three triples. He had an OPS of 1.121, which was also tops in the WCL (among position players with more than 5 at-bats).

“We are excited to see Vince honored for such an impressive season,” said Pippins President Zachary Fraser. “We have wonderful relationships with some of the top college programs in the country, such as Coach Percival’s club at UC Riverside, and look forward to being partners with these schools in cultivating their top players each summer.”

Fernandez, who only had nine at-bats all spring with UC Riverside, arrived seven games into the season and only sat out one game after his arrival. The rising sophomore recorded 19 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI games over his 48 games this summer. He was joined on the all-WCL first team by pitcher Eli Morgan, while Andrew Woods made the second team. Alex Guenette, Shawn Wardian, Kenny Rosenberg, Mitch Skaggs and Brandon Williams were named all-WCL honorable mention.

“Vince is very deserving of this award and this just shows that our fans are watching a quality product on a nightly basis at the ballpark,” said Pippins General Manager Danny Tetzlaff. “This is especially true for our season ticket holders who had the opportunity to enjoy watching Vince nightly. We hope that Vince is just the first of many players who will reward our fans with their outstanding play in seasons to come.”
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Yakima NewsYakima News TodayMore>>

  • Pasco couple combines their passions through a School of Ballet and Capoeira

    Pasco couple combines their passions through a School of Ballet and Capoeira

    Sunday, June 17 2018 4:52 PM EDT2018-06-17 20:52:03 GMT
    A Pasco couple is helping people find their center- through fitness. Kate and Deshawn Robins started a school of Capoeira and Ballet in January called "Find Your Center." If you aren't familiar with Capoeira, it's otherwise known as a form of martial arts. Kate and Deshawn decided to combine both in one studio. Their motivation in doing so- "Both of these art forms are complicated and they both have a lot of history. We both had experiences tha...More >>
    A Pasco couple is helping people find their center- through fitness. Kate and Deshawn Robins started a school of Capoeira and Ballet in January called "Find Your Center." If you aren't familiar with Capoeira, it's otherwise known as a form of martial arts. Kate and Deshawn decided to combine both in one studio. Their motivation in doing so- "Both of these art forms are complicated and they both have a lot of history. We both had experiences tha...More >>
  • Teen hit and killed by train in Toppenish

    Teen hit and killed by train in Toppenish

    Saturday, June 16 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-06-16 23:25:24 GMT
    At this point, officers do not know there conditions. Police do have a 34-year-old man in custody. We are expecting an update Monday afternoon on this case.At this point, officers do not know there conditions. Police do have a 34-year-old man in custody.At this point, officers do not know there conditions. Police do have a 34-year-old man in custody. We are expecting an update Monday afternoon on this case.At this point, officers do not know there conditions. Police do have a 34-year-old man in custody.
    At this point, officers do not know there conditions. Police do have a 34-year-old man in custody. We are expecting an update Monday afternoon on this case.At this point, officers do not know there conditions. Police do have a 34-year-old man in custody.At this point, officers do not know there conditions. Police do have a 34-year-old man in custody. We are expecting an update Monday afternoon on this case.At this point, officers do not know there conditions. Police do have a 34-year-old man in custody.
    TOPPENISH, Wash.- A railroad official says one of its trains struck and killed a 17-year-old boy.    BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says the collision occurred at about 8 a.m. Saturday in Toppenish in south-central Washington.    Melonas says the eastbound train with empty grain cars was traveling 47 mph when the crew saw the boy between the rails on the tracks.    He says the crew applied the emergency braking system but failed to stop in time. The b...More >>
    TOPPENISH, Wash.- A railroad official says one of its trains struck and killed a 17-year-old boy.    BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says the collision occurred at about 8 a.m. Saturday in Toppenish in south-central Washington.    Melonas says the eastbound train with empty grain cars was traveling 47 mph when the crew saw the boy between the rails on the tracks.    He says the crew applied the emergency braking system but failed to stop in time. The b...More >>
  • Strides Therapeutic Riding Center participant shares testimony story

    Strides Therapeutic Riding Center participant shares testimony story

    Saturday, June 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-06-16 21:52:51 GMT
    Therapy through horses- that's what one organization called Strides is working to do for those with disabilities and veterans. One rider has been apart of the organization for 12 years now and has come a long way since joining the program. Braxton first started riding horses when he was little. His mom, Shandiin Schwensimam, says initially he wouldn't even go near a horse, let alone get on one. 12 years later Braxton is now freely riding by himself. Tori Heckman and Melissa ...More >>
    Therapy through horses- that's what one organization called Strides is working to do for those with disabilities and veterans. One rider has been apart of the organization for 12 years now and has come a long way since joining the program. Braxton first started riding horses when he was little. His mom, Shandiin Schwensimam, says initially he wouldn't even go near a horse, let alone get on one. 12 years later Braxton is now freely riding by himself. Tori Heckman and Melissa ...More >>
  • CWUMore>>

  • Central Washington prepares for season opener vs. Texas A&M Kingsville

    Central Washington prepares for season opener vs. Texas A&M Kingsville

    CWU led the NCAA in tackles for loss last season. Photo: Central Washington AthleticsCWU led the NCAA in tackles for loss last season. Photo: Central Washington Athletics

    The Wildcats bring back the core of its defense that led the NCAA in tackles for loss a year ago.  Central averaged 10.7 TFL per game, with Kevin Haynes taking care of 19 himself.  Haynes' running mate, Sean Elledge, was tied for second most on the 2016 squad with 17.5.

    More >>

    The Wildcats bring back the core of its defense that led the NCAA in tackles for loss a year ago.  Central averaged 10.7 TFL per game, with Kevin Haynes taking care of 19 himself.  Haynes' running mate, Sean Elledge, was tied for second most on the 2016 squad with 17.5.

    More >>
  • CWU football lands Division II Football Showcase game on ESPN3

    CWU football lands Division II Football Showcase game on ESPN3

    Courtesy: CWU AthleticsCourtesy: CWU Athletics

    PORTLAND, Ore. – When Azusa Pacific and Central Washington meet on the football field for the second time in 2017, they will square off in front of a national audience. The Oct. 28 between the two games, which will take place in Ellensburg, Wash., will be one of 18 games selected this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

    More >>

    PORTLAND, Ore. – When Azusa Pacific and Central Washington meet on the football field for the second time in 2017, they will square off in front of a national audience. The Oct. 28 between the two games, which will take place in Ellensburg, Wash., will be one of 18 games selected this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

    More >>
  • Central Washington releases 2017 football schedule

    Central Washington releases 2017 football schedule

    Courtesy: Central Washington AthleticsCourtesy: Central Washington Athletics

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has announced the Wildcats 2017 football schedule.  The Wildcats will play 11 games in 2017 with five home contests.   Central's 2017 opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record, including a 24-17 victory over Southern Arkansas in the Agent B...

    More >>

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has announced the Wildcats 2017 football schedule.  The Wildcats will play 11 games in 2017 with five home contests.   Central's 2017 opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record, including a 24-17 victory over Southern Arkansas in the Agent B...

    More >>