NWA Naturals named top team
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, which moved to Arkansas several years ago after spending years as the Wichita (Kansas) Wranglers, were named “2010 Minor League Team of the Year” By Baseball America magazine. The publication is considered the best magazine among college and minor league ranks.
According to a press release issued by the Naturals, the will be remembered not just as a Texas League juggernaut but as a prospect-laden club that swept nearly every team award available to them and garnered several individual awards along the way.
“We had an incredibly talented group of players, easily the most talented team I’ve ever come across during my time in the minors, and this just puts the cherry on top of what’s been a great season,” said Naturals’ General Manager Eric Edelstein. “It speaks to the level of talent the Kansas City Royals are amassing in their farm system, and we’re proud to share in this honor with the Royals’ player development staff and the coaching staff.”
The Naturals (86-54) won both their first-half and second-half division titles in the Texas League’s North Division and won the Texas League Championship, finishing with a 92-57 record between the regular season and the playoffs, according to the press release.
“It was a culmination of all the things with the great players we had coming through this summer,” Naturals’ Manager Brian Poldberg added. “It was kind of a phenomenal year to win all the games we did. It’s a tribute to all the great players and coaches we had. This is a heck of an award.”
As a club, the Naturals tied for the most wins among all 30 Double-A clubs and won more games than all but four teams among all 120 full-season clubs across affiliated Minor League Baseball, according to the press release. None of the teams that won more games than the Naturals did during the regular season finished their year with a league championship.
The Naturals are the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark, located in Springdale. The 2011 season begins on Thursday, April 7. For more information about tickets or the upcoming season, visit www.nwanaturals.com.
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