Locke, Sutil Claim Post-Season Honors
CORPUS CHRISTI - Hooks outfielder Drew Locke and shortstop Wladimir Sutil have been named to the 2009 Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team, league president Tom Kayser announced Monday.
Locke, playing in his first year at the AA level, leads the circuit in batting average (.338), RBIs (109) and hits (170). He ranks within the top five in homers (20, T-4th), doubles (31, 5th), slugging percentage (.531, 2nd), extra-base hits (54, 3rd) and runs scored (81, 3rd).
Selected by the Astros in the minor-league phase of last season's Rule V Draft, Locke was named Corpus Christi's offensive player of the month for April, May and July. He holds the franchise single-season record in RBIs and is tied for third in home runs, eight off the pace of Hunter Pence's 2006 campaign. Locke is three shy of Josh Anderson's 173 hits, also set during the Hooks' championship season.
Locke's overall average has risen 30 points since the all-star break. He features a .404 clip with runners in scoring position and is batting .446 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Sutil is hitting .281 with 21 doubles, a homer, 36 RBIs and a club-leading 17 stolen bases in 117 games this season. The Venezuelan native, who's turned in a number of sparkling defensive plays this season, features a .956 fielding percentage, committing 25 errors in 568 total chances. He's had a hand in 92 double plays, tops among Texas League middle infielders.
2009 Texas League Post-Season All-Star Team
1B -- Chris Carter, Midland
2B -- Daniel Descalso, Springfield
3B -- Darin Holcomb, Tulsa
SS -- Wladimir Sutil, Corpus Christi
UTL -- Adrian Cardenas, Midland
C -- Hank Conger, Arkansas
OF -- Craig Gentry, Frisco
OF -- Tyler Henley, Springfield
OF -- Drew Locke, Corpus Christi
DH -- Chad Tracy, Frisco
P -- Jhoulys Chacin, Tulsa
P -- Samuel Deduno, Tulsa
P -- Graham Godfrey, Midland
P -- Trey Hearne, Springfield
P -- Andrew Johnston, Tulsa
P -- Lance Lynn, Springfield
P -- Trevor Reckling, Arkansas
Manager of the Year -- Darren Bush, Midland
Pitcher of the Year -- Samuel Deduno, Tulsa
Player of the Year -- Chris Carter, Midland
Mike Coolbaugh Texas League Coach of the Year -- Ken Patterson, Arkansas
Texas League Stories from August 31, 2009
- Missions add LHP Steve Garrison; LHP Cory Luebke to join Team USA - San Antonio Missions
- Drillers win, narrow gap on Naturals - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
- Cards hold off Travs 2-1 to split series - Arkansas Travelers
- Midland takes finale in Frisco - Frisco RoughRiders
- Cards win 2-1, return Tuesday for seven-game homestand - Springfield Cardinals
- Inman Stifles Sweep - Corpus Christi Hooks
- Missions let early lead, game slip away - San Antonio Missions
- Free Concessions Rewards; Post-Season All-Stars Named - Springfield Cardinals
- Reckling & Conger Named Texas League All Stars - Arkansas Travelers
- Locke, Sutil Claim Post-Season Honors - Corpus Christi Hooks
- Naturals to place single-game playoff tickets on sale Tuesday - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
- Join the Drillers Chase for a Championship - Tulsa Drillers
- Hooks Rally, Outlast Missions - Corpus Christi Hooks
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