Posted: Tuesday, September 4th 2012 at 6:36pm
G-Braves' Constanza wins IL batting title
LAWRENCEVILLE -– Gwinnett Braves outfielder Jose Constanza has claimed the International League Batting Title for the 2012 season, confirmed on Tuesday by the IL office. Constanza’s .314 batting average finished four points higher than the next closest hitter, former G-Brave Mauro Gomez (.310), now of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Constanza is the second Gwinnett player to win the award in the franchise’s four-year history, joining Barbaro Canizares who won in 2010 with a .341 batting average. The scrappy outfielder utilized a Gwinnett franchise record 22-game hitting streak (June 22 to July 19) and league-best 38-game on-base streak (June 20 to August 21) to rise to the top spot in the IL in hitting. He did not play in the final four-game series at Norfolk as he was recalled by the Atlanta Braves on September 1.
The 28-year-old Dominican Republic native hit .314 (108-for-344) in 88 games with the G-Braves this season, including 10 doubles, four triples, a home run, 54 runs scored, 27 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He posted a .375 slugging percentage, .755 OPS and a .380 on-base percentage, the fourth-best mark in the IL. Constanza was named the club’s “Most Competitive Player” on August 30.
Constanza hit .396 (38-for-96) on the 22-game hitting streak, the longest in Gwinnett Braves’ history and the longest in the IL since Brandon Watson’s league record 43-game streak with Columbus in 2007. He hit .346 (53-for-153) with 18 walks and a .416 on-base percentage on his 38-game on-base streak, the league’s longest since 2009, when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Yurendell de Caster (41 games) and Gwinnett’s own Wes Timmons (48 games) each reached in 40-plus consecutive games.
Teammate Ernesto Mejia, named the IL’s Rookie of the Year and Postseason All-Star first baseman on August 28, finished atop the league in RBIs (92), hits (152), total bases (258) and at-bats (514). Luis Durango ended the year with 46 stolen bases in 62 attempts, leading all of affiliated Triple-A baseball.
Season tickets for the 2013 campaign are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340. For more information on 2013 packages, visit gwinnettbraves.com/2013.
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