Rogues' Steer named player of year

Medford Rogues third baseman Spencer Steer was named the Great West League player of the year and 11 of his teammates garnered league honors after recent voting by GWL managers.

Steer, who will be a freshman at the University of Oregon, was second in the conference in hitting (.345) and tied the GWL lead in doubles with 17.

In 37 games and 139 at-bats, he recorded 48 hits, 25 RBIs and 26 runs.

Steer, who played at Millikan High in Long Beach, Calif., was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 29th round of the 2016 amateur draft.

Outfielder Derron Davis (Colorado State-Pueblo) and pitcher Reece Green (Winthrop) landed first-team recognition for the Rogues in the league's inaugural year.

Davis led the conference with 60 hits and 40 runs while batting .287 in 53 games. He also had 29 RBIs.

Reece went 6-0 in eight starts (58 innings), recording a league-best 0.93 ERA.

Rogues to make the second team were first baseman Johnny DeLaCruz (LSU-Monroe), second baseman Connor McNally (Utah), outfielder Brock Pradere (Western Oregon) and pitchers Kade Wagner (Sterling College), D.J. Wilson (Lane Community College) and Kyle Robeniol (Oregon).

Braden Stutzman (Oregon), Cameron Russ (Lane Community College) and Dylan Pearce (Southwestern Oregon Community College) made honorable mention for Medford, which was the only team in the GWL to win 40 games during the regular season.

Right-hander Stuart Bradley was named GWL pitcher of the year after finishing 7-2 with a 1.76 ERA in 12 starts for the GWL champion Chico Heat.

Chico's Fred Ludwig was selected manager of the year.

ALL-GWL First Team

Catcher — Hunter Stratton, Marysville Gold Sox (San Diego State)

First Baseman — Cameron Olsen, Chico Heat (UC-Davis)

Second Baseman — Carson Breshears, Portland Pickles (Oregon)

Third Baseman — Spencer Steer, Medford Rogues (Oregon)

Shortstop — Sahid Valenzuela, Portland Pickles (Cal State-Fullerton)

Outfield — Chris Williams, Lodi Crushers (Delta C.C.); Derron Davis, Medford Rogues (Colorado State-Pueblo); Keaton Kringlen, Chico Heat (BYU)

Starting Pitcher — Stuart Bradley, Chico Heat (Chico State); Reece Green, Medford Rogues (Winthrop); Luke Soroko, Chico Heat (Arizona); Adam Davenport, Chico Heat (Washington)

Relief Pitcher — Declan Kearney, Portland Pickles (Oregon).

ALL-GWL Second Team

Catcher — Andrew Garcia, Portland Pickles (Orange Coast College)

First Baseman — Johnny DeLaCruz, Medford Rogues (LSU-Monroe)

Second Baseman — Connor McNally, Medford Rogues (Utah)

Third Baseman — Nick Grimes, Portland Pickles (Orange Coast College)

Shortstop — Daniel Schneeman, Chico Heat (BYU)

Outfield — Matt Hardy, Portland Pickles (UC-Riverside); Bo McClintok, Lodi Crushers (Delta C.C.); Brock Pradere, Medford Rogues (Western Oregon)

Starting Pitcher — Kade Wagner, Medford Rogues (Sterling College); D.J. Wilson, Medford Rogues (Lane C.C.); Kyle Robeniol, Medford Rogues (Oregon); Ryan Byrd, Chico Heat (Spokane Falls C.C.)

Relief Pitcher — Kyle Merkel, Marysville Gold Sox (San Diego State)

GWL Honorable Mention

Chico Heat — David Noworyta (Hawaii), Jerome Hill (Dixie State); Lodi Crushers — Cade Peters (UC-Riverside), Nelson Muniz (Milligan College), Bryce Graddy (Delta C.C.), Alex Patterson (Delta C.C.); Marysville God Sox — Dalton Devries (Abilene Christian), Ryan McCarthy (Yuba College); Medford Rogues — Braden Stutzman (Oregon), Cameron Russ (Lane C.C.), Dylan Pearce (Southwestern Oregon C.C.); Portland Pickles — Zander Clarke (UCLA), McKinley LeFore (Oregon), Lyle Lucke (UC -San Diego), Jacob Allbee (Clark College); Sacramento Stealth — Dominic Bethancourt (Sierra College), Tyler Kaim (Folsom Lake C.C.), Dylan Wright (Pacific University), Marcus Garcia (Sierra College).

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