Theo Fightmaster, General Manager
In the first official move of the New Year, the Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club has re-signed 2015 Pacific Association Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the year, Mark Hurley.
“I would like to thank the Stompers for giving me the opportunity to return to Sonoma,” said Hurley, who hit .302, with nine homers and led the club with 51 RBIs. “I’m excited to come back to Sonoma and play for a great organization, in front of an amazing fan base.
“I’m also looking forward to getting back to work with (our manager Takashi Miyoshi) and the rest of the team.”
The 23-year-old rookie impressed with a .362 OBP, slugged .466 for an OPS of .828, he also stole 11 bases and scored 61 runs in 2015, serving as a staple of the club that started the season 18-3 en route to a first-half league title. But the Cal State Monterey Bay product was just as stout in the outfield, handling 106 of 109 chances, with a league-best six outfield assists while playing both corner outfield positions.
Hurley edged out a field of deserving candidates vying for the honors for the 2015 Pacific Association Rookie of the Year, including his teammates, right-handed pitcher Sean Conroy, first baseman, Daniel Baptista.
“Mark is the epitome of the type of player we want here in Sonoma,” said Theo Fightmaster, the Stompers Vice President and General Manager. “He’s a fantastic ballplayer and an even better young man. And if what he did last season is any indication of his talents, he has a bright future ahead of him.”
The 2016 Pacific Association schedule is nearing completion, and 2016 Season Ticket Plans are currently on sale at the Stompers Fan Shop, located at 234 West Napa Street in Sonoma. For questions or info, please call 707.938.7277.