As a result of winning the PCL title, Fresno will face the Columbus Clippers of the International League on Tuesday in a one-game playoff for the Triple A championship.
MEMORABLE SEASON FOR FARM SYSTEM
Fresno's win was the second championship by an Astros Minor League affiliate in what has been an outstanding year for the system as a whole. A franchise-record seven clubs qualified for the postseason in 2015. Earlier this month, Greeneville captured the Appalachian League title. The Astros organization posted the best combined overall Minor League record among all MLB organizations during the regular season with a 502-405 (.553) mark, becoming the first organization in the last 10 years to record over 500 Minor League wins in a single season.
In addition to Fresno and Greeneville, the other clubs that made it to the postseason in 2015 were: Double A Corpus Christi, Class A Advanced Lancaster, Class A Quad Cities, Class A Short Season Tri-City ValleyCats and one of the two Dominican Summer League clubs.
Two Astros minor leaguers won batting titles in their respective leagues, as OF Jon Kemmer hit .327 (119x364) to lead the Double A Texas League, and IF Bobby Wernes batted .346 (65x188) en route to the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League batting title.
Kemmer, 24, was selected by the Astros in the 21st round of the 2013 draft out of Brewton-Parker College in Georgia. Kemmer also led the Texas League in OPS (.988) while finishing tied for second in home runs (18) and second in on-base percentage (.414). Wernes, 21, was taken by the Astros in the 30th round of this year's draft from the University of Arkansas.
MANAGERS OF THE YEAR
Corpus Christi manager Rodney Linares (Texas League) and Quad Cities skipper Josh Bonifay (Midwest League) were both named Manager of the Year for their respective leagues.
It marked the second Manager of the Year award for Linares, as he received California League Manager of the Year honors in 2012 after guiding Class A Advanced Lancaster to a championship title.
For Bonifay, it was also his second career Manager of the Year award. In 2013, he received Appalachian League Manager of the Year honors when he led the Greeneville Astros to their second-best record in club history (38-30) and an appearance in the league championship series.