August 28, 2012 at 3:58 PM
The International League announced its 2012 award winners today, and Mauro Gomez (pictured) has been named the league's Most Valuable Player. Gomez appeared in 100 games this season for the PawSox in between promotions to the major league club. During his time in Triple-A, he has managed to lead the International League with a .589 slugging percentage and 59 extra-base hits. Gomez also ranks among the top five with a .310 batting average, 24 home runs, 34 doubles, and 74 RBI.
Gomez, 27, was signed in the offseason as a minor league free agent to provide depth at first base and designated hitter. He made his major league debut on May 13 after appearing in over 700 minor league games. Originally signed by the Texas Rangers organization in 2004, Gomez also played two seasons in the Braves system. He has appeared in 14 games for the Red Sox this season, including starts in the last five, going 14 for 48 with a home run and six RBI.
Gomez becomes the seventh Pawtucket player to be named the International League MVP. The most recent honoree was Jeff Bailey in 2008. The 1974 award went to Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Jim Rice.
The league also announced that Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named league all-stars at shortstop and catcher, joining Gomez, recognized at designated hitter. Iglesias hit .266/.318/.306 while earning high marks for his defense that matched his reputation. Lavarnway hit .295/.376/.439 in 83 games.
Photo credit: Mauro Gomez by Kelly O'Connor