Hernandez Unanimously Named 2017 ALPB Pitcher of the Year

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are very pleased to announce Gaby Hernandez was unanimously selected as the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) Pitcher of the Year for 2017.

Right-hander Hernandez completed his sixth season with the Blue Crabs with an 11-4 record in 23 starts.  His ERA of 2.8 in 141.1 innings pitched during the regular season was tops in the league. Hernandez also led the league in strike outs with 150.  This mark tied the Blue Crab single season strike out record for the second year in a row.

In his first ever ALPB All Star Game appearance this year, he pitched one inning with one strike out and an ERA of 0.0.

“This is an incredible honor for Gaby and we couldn’t be happier for him,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel.  “His contributions to the team are instrumental to our success.”

“I am very proud of Gaby and the season he had in 2017,” said Blue Crabs Manager James Frisbie.  “His dedication and preparation to his craft was inspiring to watch.  It was a pleasure to watch him pitch all summer and he can always be proud of the effort and performance he put out all year long.”

Hernandez is a native Miami, Florida.



Blue Crabs Players Named to ALPB Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) unveiled the 2017 Red, White and Blue All-Defensive team today that included two members of the First Half Freedom Division Champion Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Outfielder Cory Vaughn committed a mere two errors in 131 games played in 2017.  He was selected to the Freedom Division All Star team in his debut season.  Vaughn was also the recipient of the 2017 Blue Crabs Gold Glove Award presented by the Blue Crabs Booster Club.

Infielder Edwin Garcia played 134 of 170 games for the Blue Crabs this season.  His 534 at bats lead the league and his 139 hits was fifth. Garcia was selected as the 2017 Blue Crabs MVP by the Blue Crabs Booster Club.

“As a team, we took great pride in our defense all season long,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel. “Edwin Garcia and Cory Vaughn were two key components in our defensive mission.  We couldn’t be prouder to have them recognized as part of the Red, White and Blue All- Defensive Team.”

Players are selected by a vote of league club managers, executives and media. This marks the third consecutive season in which the Atlantic League has selected a Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team. The honor, based on a player’s defensive abilities during the regular season, commemorates the red and blue stitched Rawlings baseball that was adopted as the league’s official baseball during in 2015.

The following is this year’s squad:

Catcher James Skelton New Britain Bees
First Baseman Carlos Guzman Somerset Patriots
Second Baseman Elmer Reyes Long Island Ducks
Third Baseman Bryan Pounds Sugar Land Skeeters
Shortstop Edwin Garcia Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Outfielder Cory Vaughn Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Outfielder Michael Crouse New Britain Bees
Outfielder Travis Witherspoon York Revolution
Pitcher Jake Hale Sugar Land Skeeters

“There is no substitution for outstanding defense, and our players certainly displayed that this past season,” says League President Rick White. “It is important that their accolades do not pass without merit, and we are pleased to recognize these select players for their extraordinary efforts.”

Blue Crabs Players Named to ALPB End-of-Season All-Star Team

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced the 2017 End-of-Season All-Star team today that included three members of the First Half Freedom Division Champion Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Selected to the roster were First Basemen Michael Snyder, Starting Pitcher Gaby Hernandez and Closer Cody Eppley. Each of these players also represented the Blue Crabs in the ALPB All Star Game played in July of this year.

Michael Snyder, who also served in the role of DH for the Blue Crabs, hit 25 HR, 72 RBI and 34 doubles in 2017.  These stats ranked him second, ninth and fourth in the league respectively.

RHP Gaby Hernandez completed his sixth season with Southern Maryland with an 11-4 record and a league leading ERA of 2.8.  Hernandez also tied the Blue Crab single season strike out record with 150 for the second year in a row.  Hernandez was unanimously selected to the End-of-Season All-Star Team.

Closer Cody Eppley, another RHP, finished his third season with Southern Maryland with a league-leading 32 saves in 58 appearances and a 2.42 ERA.  Eppley is now sixth all time for the ALPB in saves with 73.

“We are very pleased to have such a strong showing on the Atlantic League’s Post-Season All-Star Team” said Blue Cras General Manager Courtney Knichel.  “Snyder, Hernandez, and Eppley were such great contributors to our club all season long and we are happy to see them receive this honor.”





Revolution Finish Series with 5-1 Win

(Waldorf, MD., Sep. 23, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-3) dropped game four of the best of five playoff series against the York Revolution (3-1) 5-1, as the Revolution finished off the series win.

The Blue Crabs jumped on the board early, putting up a run in the bottom of the first. Jose Lozada led off with a single, but was forced out on a fielder’s choice from Nate Samson. Michael Snyder was hit by a pitch from Logan Williamson (1-0) with two outs to extend the inning for Devon Rodriguez. Rodriguez fell behind in the count, before shooting a single to left field, scoring Samson from second to take a 1-0 lead.

The Revolution responded immediately with a run of their own coming in the top of the second. Luis Cruz doubled to start the inning, moving up to third base on a groundout Travis Witherspoon. Chase Simpson came through with a two-out single, easily scoring Cruz to tie the game.

After trading back-to-back scoreless innings, the Revolution offense came alive in the fifth, putting up three runs in the inning. Drew Hayes (0-1) allowed the first batter in the inning to reach, on a Jared Mitchell single. Two batters later, Mitchell headed to second on a stolen base attempt, sliding in safely before advancing to third on an errant throw from the catcher. Telvin Nash swung and missed for strike three, but the wild pitch got by the catcher and allowed Mitchell to score and Nash to advance to first safely. Michael Burgess followed with a two-run homerun, giving the Revolution a 4-1 lead.

The pitching for York took over from there, as Williamson finished five innings allowing just two hits. Both bullpens traded three straight scoreless innings, heading to the ninth still in a three-run game. The Revolution added another run to their lead in the ninth, when a double from Burgess scored Rubi Silva.

Chase Hutchingson took the mound for York in the bottom of the ninth, three outs away from punching a spot in the championship. The lefty allowed a leadoff single to Devon Rodriguez, before a 6-4-3 double play quickly emptied the bases. Edwin Garcia then battled the count full, before grounding out to shortstop to finish off the 5-1 York victory, cutting the Blue Crabs playoff run short.

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