Salt Lake Bees first baseman Efren Navarro has been named to the Pacific Coast League (PCL) 2013 All-PCL Team. The 27-year old infielder from Lynnwood, California, joins a prestigious group of triple-A prospects who have been selected by team managers and media representatives across the league.
This end-of-season award tops an impressive offensive season for Navarro, who currently has a .328 batting average (3rd in the PCL) with a league-leading 38 doubles, .409 on-base percentage (4th), 79 runs batted in (tied for 7th), 67 walks (5th) and just 91 strikeouts in 128 games. Defensively, Navarro owns a .994 fielding percentage, all at first base.
Earlier this summer, Navarro was a managers’ selection for the 2013 PCL All-Star Team, which competed against the International League All-Stars in Reno, Nevada. This is Navarro’s third year at the triple-A level and his last year under contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
And it could be that Navarro still has an accolade or two left to collect before the 2013 season is finished. The Bees are currently in Tacoma, Washington, trying to win the Pacific Conference Northern Division title against the second-place Tacoma Rainiers. The magic number for clinching the division, and earning a playoff spot is four. Anyone combination of Bees wins and Rainiers losses that adds up to four, guarantees the division crown for Salt Lake.
Here is the full roster for the 2013 All-PCL team:
Name (Position), Team, MLB Organization
- Stephen Vogt (C), Sacramento River Cats, Oakland Athletics
- Efren Navarro (1B), Salt Lake Bees, Los Angeles Angels
- Dean Anna (2B), Tucson Padres, San Diego Padres
- Ryan Wheeler (3B), Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Colorado Rockies
- Chris Owings (SS), Reno Aces, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Nick Buss (OF), Albuquerque Isotopes, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Michael Choice (OF), Sacramento River Cats, Oakland Athletics
- Corey Dickerson (OF), Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Colorado Rockies
- Brock Peterson (DH), Memphis Redbirds, St. Louis Cardinals
- Johnny Hellweg (RHP), Nashville Sounds, Milwaukee Brewers
- Brian Flynn (LHP), New Orleans Zephyrs, Miami Marlins
- Chris Hatcher (RHP), New Orleans Zephyrs, Miami Marlins