York Revolution first baseman Chris Nowak and second baseman Andres Perez were named to Baseball America’s composite all-star team, honoring independent league players from the Atlantic League, American Association, Can-Am Association, Frontier League and North American Baseball League.
It’s the second straight year in which two Revs players were honored, and it’s the second straight all-star nod for Nowak, who was honored as designated hitter a year ago.
Lancaster’s Blake Gailen earned independent league player of the year honors, and the Barnstormers Ryan Harvey and Dwayne Pollok also earned all-star honors. No other Atlantic League players earned a spot on the all-star team.
This season, Nowak surpassed his own Revolution single-season home run record by hitting 34, topping his mark of 25 in 2011. Nowak’s 107 RBIs were also a new franchise best, passing Jason Aspito’s 105 in 2008. Nowak’s 59 home runs in a Revolution uniform gives him the all-time franchise lead by 17.
Perez led York in hitting with a .314 average while smacking 23 homers and driving in 86 runs. His 23 homers were the fourth-most by a Rev in a single season.
This year’s selections mark the third consecutive season a York player has been honored by Baseball America. Scott Grimes earned recognition after his MVP season in 2010.
The complete list of independent league players recognized by Baseball America can be found here.