President Ken Wilson of the West Coast League announced the circuit’s 2009 honors, as voted on by WCL general managers and coaches, including MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Jim Dietz Team Sportsmanship Award.
Corvallis shortstop Richie Jimenez, a junior-to-be at UNLV, was named 2009 WCL MVP. Jimenez led the league in hits with 57, hit .354 with 20 RBI and made only 6 errors while recording 134 assists and posting an impressive .970 fielding percentage. Jimenez led the Knights to a West Division title.
Knights’ right-hander Matt Andriese of UC Riverside was named WCL Pitcher of the Year. The sophomore-to-be posted the league’s lowest ERA at 0.78 and went 5-0 over 7 starts. Andriese recorded 40 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched, walking only six.
Brooke Knight of Corvallis and Ed Knaggs of Wenatchee were named co-Coach of the Year. Knight, the Knights’ second-year skipper, led Corvallis to the league’s best record at 38-10. Knaggs, the dean of WCL coaches with 9 seasons under his belt, led the AppleSox to a 34-14 mark, four straight postseason wins and Wenatchee’s third WCL title in five seasons. This was both Knight’s and Knaggs’ second WCL Coach of the Year honor, Knight being also named in 2008 and Knaggs in 2005.
Dan Segel of Corvallis was named Executive of the Year for the third consecutive season, as the Knights set a new single-season WCL record for wins with 38 and increased attendance by 78%.
The Moses Lake Pirates were recipients of the Jim Dietz Team Sportsmanship Award. The Pirates began the season losing their first 19-games, before going 10-19 down the stretch.