Shane Victorino, International League MVP 2005

2005 International League MVP
2005 International League MVP

Shane Victorino is now an established Professional. He has been an all-star, gold glove winner and World Series Champion. He is currently with the Boston Red Sox. He signed with them after spending the later part of the 2012 season with the LA Dodgers.

Shane was drafted out of high school by LA. Selected by the Padres in the Rule 5 draft in 2002, he failed ot stay in the Bigs and was returned to the Dodgers. The Phillies selected Victorino from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft in 2004. He failed to stay on the Phillies roster and was offered back to the Dodgers. The Dodgers did not want him back and he spent the 2005 in Moosic, Pa. playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons on the “Astro-turf” of the “mini” vet. He had a great year. He .310 , 18 HRs and 70 rbi. He won the International League MVP becoming the first (and only) Red Baron to do so. His play earned Shane a September call-up and he hit his fist homerun on September 22nd off of Tim Hudson of the Atlanta Braves. Shane has been one of the best defensive Centerfielders in the game as well as being a solid hitter.

The photo above is from a July afternoon game. In the background is Garrett Jones of the Pirates. He was playing for the Rochester Red Wings, the Twins AAA franchise.

The 2005 Red Barons did not do well . It is surprising. They had the International League Batting Champion in Danny Sandoval, who hit .331, Victorino, and Gavin Floyd was an up and coming pitcher. They were managed by Gene Lamont and finsihed 69-75, good for 5th place in the North Division of the International League. Future Phillies’ catcher, Carlos Ruiz also played for the 2005 Red Barons. Ruiz batted an even .300 in 2005. Ruiz split time with Chris Coste. Chris Coste played parts of seasons with the Phillies and finshed his career with the Houston Astros. He hit .328 with the Phillies in 2006 playing in 65 games. In 2005 with Scranton, Chris hit 20 homers and batted .292 .

Ryan Howard played in 61 games and hit 16 HRs for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was called up to Philadelphia in the summer and never returned. He hit 22 HRs in Philadelphia and won the Rookie of the year award in 2005. He also won MVP honors in 2006, a season where he smashed 58 hrs.