Eli Sonoqui Leads Five 2008 P-Rays Into The Princeton Franchise Record Book
One interesting thing you can find on the Princeton Rays' website at www.princetondevilrays.com that is not on a lot of minor league team sites is a record book for the entire 21-year history of professional baseball in Princeton. With the completion of each season, it seems like there are always some updated additions and alterations to be made to the record book with the completion of another summer of statistics. The Appalachian League season of 2008 proved to be no different as five players from this year's P-Rays will see their names make it into the book.
First Baseman Eli Sonoqui, a three-year veteran of wearing the Princeton colors, has seen some numbers accumulate for him over his stay in Princeton and will be joining the record book in three different career categories. With his total of 118 career games played for Princeton, only two players in team history have taken the field for action more times than Sonoqui. The 6'2", 200lb. resident of Phoenix, AZ also is now fourth all-time in team history in career at-bats with 419 and fifth in career hits with 108.
Catcher Mayo Acosta, who has been behind the plate for the P-Rays for the past two seasons, is now fourth in team history with 24 career doubles. The other 2008 P-Rays' position player that will be joining the mentions is second baseman Elias Otero, whose name will be listed with the other 25 Princeton players that have previously been named as an Appalachian League All-Star. Otero was the only Princeton player to be named to the league's honor squad in 2008 and was the first Princeton player to be named as a league all-star since catcher Nevin Ashley in 2006.
On the pitching side of the ledger, Sam Mullins of the 1992 & 1993 Princeton Reds has stood alone as the franchise's career leader in career pitching victories with nine. That is until now as he has been tied by Chris Luck, who logged three victories for the 2007 P-Rays and was undefeated this past season in six decisions. Also, pitcher Matt Moore, who has also seen action for Princeton each of the last two seasons, is now second all-time for the franchise by administering 106 career strikeouts.
Followers of professional baseball in Princeton are always encouraged to visit the team's website at www.princetondevilrays.com to see the team's record book as well as learn more about the 21-year history of their franchise. Several new stories and a new poll question are expected to be added to the opening page of the site by no later than September 18.
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