Patrick Conroy Named Pitcher of the Year
Marin County Native Honored as League’s Top Pitcher for Second Time
San Rafael, CA -
The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs announced today that San Rafael Pacifics pitcher Patrick Conroy has been named the 2016 Pacific Association Pitcher of the Year. This is the second time he has been given the Pitcher of the Year award, and marks the third straight season in which a Pacifics starting pitcher has taken home the prestigious honor.
"It means a lot to me to be acknowledged by the league for my effort this summer. I couldn't have done it without (Pitching Coach) Nick DeBarr and (Manager) Matt Kavanaugh, and our catchers. Having guys like them to work with really helped me expand my game," said Conroy. "I changed my routine of how I prepared for my outings to overcome my struggles from last year. Ricky (Gingras) and I had a great rapport from our work together in 2015, and Mark (Lindsay) helped me learn to trust my changeup earlier in counts. It's always an honor to receive an award like this, and it makes me all the hungrier to get back out there in 2017."
Conroy finished the season with a 5-2 record and a league-leading 2.12 ERA while pitching a career-high 102 innings and striking out 71 batters. Where Conroy shone brightest was at the Pacifics’ home Albert Park, where he went undefeated, compiling a 4-0 record with a 0.52 ERA. Conroy also came on strong down the stretch, pitching to a 1.10 ERA in the month of August, never allowing more than two earned runs in an appearance over the course of the month.
Originally a 32nd round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals out of College of Marin in 2012, Conroy was facing adversity for one of the first times in his career. In an injury plagued 2015, Conroy saw steep declines in production and was eventually forced to leave his spot in the starting rotation due to concerns with his shoulder. From the onset of the 2016 season, featuring a new arm slot, Conroy showed that he was back to the form that won him the Pacific Association’s top pitching award in 2014.
“We’re incredibly proud of Patrick for the way he pitched this season, especially considering where he was coming from in 2015,” said Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro. “In a season where he was forced to change his arm slot due to injury, it was incredible how he managed to put the team on his back at times down the stretch, giving us key quality starts in must-win games.”
Conroy joins JR Bunda, Chase Tucker, Daniel Gonzalez, and Zack Pace as Pacifics players who have earned awards for their performance in 2016. Pace, Gonzalez, and Tucker won Defensive Player of the Year awards at their respective positions while Bunda was named the Reliever of the Year while also winning the defensive award as a pitcher. Conroy has also become the first repeat winner of the Pitcher of the Year award in Pacific Association history.
The Pacific Association voting was comprised of league front office personnel, managers, coaches, and broadcasters. The league will announce its Most Valuable Player award on Wednesday, November 9.