Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team Unveiled

Atlantic League honors defensive excellence for 2017 season

(Denver, CO, Oct. 12, 2017) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball today announced its selections for the 2017 Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team. Players were selected through voting from league club managers, executives and media.

“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.”

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 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

The following is the schedule for the remainder of this year’s Atlantic League awards:

Monday, October 16 – Player, Pitcher, Manager and Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year

Wednesday, October 18 – Club Awards, including the Joe Klein Executive of the Year, the Ken Shepard Award for Promotional Excellence, the Ray Cipperly Award for Groundskeeping Excellence, Promotion of the Year, Mascot of the Year, Ballpark of the Year and Outstanding Club 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 38 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.

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