Aug 26, 2014, 12:42 PM EST
As the Syracuse Chiefs close in on a first place finish in the International League, the awards are starting to roll in for the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate.
On Tuesday, outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. was named the IL’s most valuable player and rookie of the year. Manager Billy Gardner, Jr. also took home the award for the IL’s best manager.
The Chiefs, in fact, are the first IL team since 1976 to sweep all three awards in the same season. At 78-58, they currently lead the International League North with the IL’s best overall record.
Souza was a monster for Syracuse this year, leading the IL in batting average (.354), OPS (1.036) and OBP (.435). He also ranked fifth in home runs (18), eighth in RBI (70) and sixth in steals (24).
All of those numbers were compiled in 91 games, as the 25-year-old had three stints in the majors spread throughout this season. He is currently on the Nationals’ 15-day disabled list with a contusion in his left shoulder.
Souza debuted with the Nats on April 13. In 13 MLB games he has one hit, one walk and four strikeouts.
Souza was also named a postseason IL All-Star this year, along with teammates SS Emmanuel Burriss and 3B Brandon Laird. Souza is the first IL MVP for Syracuse since Chad Mottola won the honors in 2000.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
ON THE RADIO
As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.
Follow us on Twitter
- Report: Zimmermann in serious talks with AL team
- Nationals prospect spotlight: Victor Robles
- Nationals prospect spotlight: Erick Fedde
- Nationals prospect spotlight: Lucas Giolito
- A reason for fans of each MLB team to be thankful
- Nationals prospect spotlight: Trea Turner
- Bud Black joins Angels after missing out on Nats' manager job
- Baseball in the District – How will Nats rebuild their bullpen?
- Nats bring Henley back as third base coach
- Nats roster review: Matt Thornton