Moustakas named Texas League Player of the Year; Poldberg named Manager of the Year

Kansas City prospect Mike Moustakas has been named the Texas League Player of the Year for the 2010 season.  In addition, Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ skipper Brian Poldberg was honored as the league’s Manager of the Year.   Both awards were announced Monday by Texas League President Tom Kayser.

Moustakas played with the Naturals from April 22-July 17 prior to his promotion to Triple-A Omaha.  Prior to shifting to the Pacific Coast League, the third baseman led the Texas League in all three “Triple Crown” categories, batting .347 with 21 home runs and 76 RBI.  He also paced the circuit in slugging percentage (.687) as the Naturals ran away with the North Division first-half title.

The 21-year old Northridge, Calif., resident also was selected to represent the Royals in the All-Star Futures Game, has brought home several weekly awards, was Texas League Player of the Month in May, and was named to the mid-season and post-season Texas League All-Star teams.  Moustakas was recently honored as one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.  That award will be announced on September 8.

Poldberg has guided the Naturals to a franchise-record 80 wins with eight games remaining in the regular season.  The Carter Lake, Iowa, resident has led the Naturals to a 42-20 mark at Arvest Ballpark this season, one of the best home records in the minors.  The only manager the franchise has ever known, Poldberg has led the club into the playoffs in each of his three seasons at the helm.

The voting process for the awards included the circuit’s managers, beat writers, broadcasters, and league personnel.

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