Outfielder David Armendariz Named MVP of Corvallis Knights
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly sophomore-to-be outfielder David Armendariz has been named most valuable player of the Corvallis Knights during the 2011 summer season.
Also presented with the Joe Segel Hustle Award, Armendariz hit .271 during the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League's regular season and led the Knights in WCCBL regular-season RBIs with 23.
For the entire season, including playoffs and non-league games, David hit .289 over 204 at bats, collected 12 doubles, stole 14 bases and tied for the team lead in RBI with Ryan Gorton of Oregon State with 28.
The slugging right-handed hitter from Granada Hills, Calif., earned second-team All-WCCBL honors and hit .300 with two triples in the post-season to lead the Knights to their second WCCBL title.
"Even though David was a freshman, he was the clear leader of this summer's team," said team president Dan Segel. "His energy and competitiveness were infectious.
"The way David runs the bases and approaches the game reminds me of Brent Morel when he was with the Knights. Morel (also from Cal Poly and now the starting third baseman for the Chicago White Sox) played the game very hard, all the time, much like Armendariz did this past summer," Segel added.
"While Brent was quiet and led by example, Armendariz was a vocal leader that led by example, and who brought great energy and a positive attitude to the park every day. David made great strides as a defender this summer and runs the bases very well. He's an athletic, high-energy kid with a bright future in the game."
Armendariz, who collected 10 hits in 27 games (17 starts) with three doubles at Cal Poly last spring, was recently rated as the No. 17 WCCBL prospect by PG Crosschecker.