BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has selected Somerset Patriots second baseman Eric Farris 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; the 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 former 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.
Farris played briefly for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011-2012.
The following is the schedule for the remainder of this year’s Atlantic League awards:
Thursday, Oct. 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