Nowak, Castro honored by national publication

Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Chris Nowak, Ramon Castro

Revs' 1b Chris Nowak (above) and SS Ramon Castro were both named to Baseball America's All-Independent Team. Bill Kalina photo.

Two York Revolution players have garnered some more postseason honors.

Chris Nowak and Ramon Castro were both been named to Baseball America’s All-Independent Team, it was announced Tuesday. It marks the second consecutive season that at least one Revs’ player has been recognized by the national publication.

Nowak was honored as the All-Independent Team’s designated hitter, after blasting 25 home runs in just 84 games played this season, while driving in 66 runs and batting .330 after joining the Revs in mid-June. Had he been with the Revs the entire season and maintained that pace, his projected final numbers for last season’s 126-game schedule would have been 38 home runs and 99 RBIs. As it stands, Nowak’s 25 homers established a new club record for a single season, surpassing Jason Aspito’s total of 24 in 2008. His batting average ranked second highest in the league, while his home run total finished tied for third most in the league. Nowak also led the league with a Revs’ record .646 slugging percentage.

Castro batted .323 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs in 80 games with the Revs this season, and ranked second in the league in on-base percentage at .427. Castro is a career .341 hitter in the Atlantic League.

Last season, York center fielder Scott Grimes became the first player in Revs’ history to be selected to the All-Independent Team.

The national recognition adds to the postseason honors for both Nowak and Castro, who were among five Revs selected Atlantic League All-Stars for the 2011 season.

Also selected to the Baseball America team from the Atlantic League was Long Island Ducks’ right-handed pitcher Mike Loree, the Atlantic League’s Pitcher of the Year for the 2011 season.

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