|10/1/2014 By Tim FitzgeraldVallejo, CA – The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball has announced its Rookie of the Year for 2014 is Vallejo Admirals outfielder Jordan Hinshaw.Hinshaw hit .339 to lead the Admirals in batting average and finished second in the league to batting title champion Jayce Ray of Sonoma. In 65 games Hinshaw hit 12 home runs, stole 18 bases, and drove in 43 runs while scoring 59. He was also awarded a gold glove in the Pacific Association for his play in right field.
“It’s a little bittersweet,” Hinshaw said. “Above all the personal achievements is winning a championship, but I’m very proud to receive this award.
“More than anything I am thankful to our owner and my manager for giving me an opportunity to learn and grow and become the ball player they see fit to regard highly. As a ball player constantly trying to improve, there are few things more important than the confidence of your manager and front office.”
Hinshaw played at Georgetown College in Kentucky where he hit .340 and .343 in his junior and senior years respectively. He hit .343 in the Collegiate summer league as well, so he was right around his usual mark in his first season as a pro. Hinshaw also finished second to Sonoma’s Ray in OPS with a .990.
Hinshaw is a five-tool player who even has some experience at catching and made a couple of appearances there for the Admirals this season. He had the most tape-measure home runs from the right side of the plate for the Admirals, and his big arm in right was a deterrent for base runners.
The voting body was comprised of league front office personnel, team managers and broadcasters. Voters selected a first, second and third place recipient for every award.
The league has two more postseason awards to announce. Pitcher of the year will be announced on October 6th, and MVP on October 8th.
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