Baseball Eric Farris Named Atlantic League’s Defensive Player Of The Year by Somerset Patriots October 18, 2016 Bridgewater, NJ- The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced Tuesday that Somerset Patriots second baseman Eric Farris has been named the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year. This is the third honor for Farris on the heels of his impressive 2016 campaign; first-year Patriot was named to both the Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star Team and Red, White & Blue All-Defensive Team late last week. He is the first Somerset Patriot to ever win the award. Last year, Long Island Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons became the league’s first-ever Defensive Player of the Year recipient. “As a team, we always took great pride in our defense all season long,” said Farris. “Brett put me in different spots throughout the year, and I just tried to help out as best as I could. It was definitely a great season!” The Major Leaguer appeared in a team-high 123 games in 2016, including 98 games at second base. He also appeared in 21 games in the outfield, four at shortstop and three at third base. Farris led the league in fielding among second-baseman with a .988 fielding percentage. Additionally, the Sacramento, California native led the league in innings played at second base (857.2) and finished second in putouts (163) and assists (232) with only five errors. Farris committed only one other error in the combined 76 chances he got in the field at shortstop, third base and various outfield positions throughout the regular season. Overall, the 2007 fourth-round pick finished the season with a .987 fielding percentage. At the plate, Farris hit .301 with eight home runs, 66 RBI, 74 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. The following is the schedule for the remainder of this year’s Atlantic League awards: Thursday, October 20 – Club Awards, including the Ken Shepard Award for Promotional Excellence, the Joe Klein Executive of the Year, the Ray Cipperly Grounds Keeping Award, Mascot of the Year, Ballpark of the Year, Promotion of the Year and Outstanding Community Service Award About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population. For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com. Post Views: 1,042 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Somerset Patriots Latest posts by Somerset Patriots (see all) Somerset Patriots Announce Added Programming On Radio Partner 1450 WCTC-AM - May 7, 2020 Somerset Patriots Bring Back All-Star RHP David Kubiak - April 7, 2020 Somerset Patriots Land Eight-Year Major Leaguer Vance Worley - March 27, 2020 Somerset Patriots Acquire Major League LHP Pat Dean - March 10, 2020 Related TopicsAtlantic LeagueDefensive Player Of The YearEnd Of Season AwardsEric FarrisRawlingsSomerset Patriots Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 Exclusive Interview: SNY Personality, Maria Marino, Shares Career Journey (VIDEO) by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on January 28, 2021 XFL Co-Owner Dany Garcia Talks Business, Serving Others at espnW Women + Sports Summit by Candace Cordelia | posted on October 23, 2020 Women in Sports: New York Mets In-Game Host, Emily Reppert by Luke Porco | posted on March 8, 2019 More in Baseball You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video) On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video) On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 108: WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Audio/Video) On the 108th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video) On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild Returning to Yankees in 2017 Is Tommy Joseph the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman of the future?