Four Spokane Indians Selected as NWL All-Stars
Spokane, Wash. - Minor League Baseball announced today the end-of-season All-Star teams for the Northwest League, with a total of four Spokane Indians players earning post-season laurels. First baseman Colin Simpson, second baseman Eddy Diaz, shortstop Julio Carreras, and outfielder Zac Veen were all recognized as the league's best at
Spokane, Wash. - Minor League Baseball announced today the end-of-season All-Star teams for the Northwest League, with a total of four Spokane Indians players earning post-season laurels.
First baseman Colin Simpson, second baseman Eddy Diaz, shortstop Julio Carreras, and outfielder Zac Veen were all recognized as the league's best at their respective positions as voted on by NWL managers.
Simpson, 26, led the NWL in batting (.300), SLG (.530), and OPS (.900), and ranked among the league's top five in RBI (60), OBP (.370), and total bases (175). Originally a 29th-round pick out of Oklahoma State in 2019, Simpson was a fan favorite in Spokane for his gregarious personality, clutch hitting, and surprising background in gymnastics.
A native of Mantanzas, Cuba, Diaz finished second in the NWL in stolen bases (36) while providing Gold Glove quality defense at second base. After a slow start to the season at the plate, the 22-year-old batted .308 in July and .321 in August to finish among the league's top 10 in batting among qualified hitters.
Carreras, 22, topped the circuit in doubles (37) and extra-base hits (50) while also ranking among the NWL's top five in batting average (.289), slugging (.473), OPS (.825), hits (116), and total bases (190). Carreras led all of MiLB with 42 totals between Spokane and Hartford, and had the league's second longest hitting streak at 15 games, batting .448 (26-for-58) with 12 doubles and 14 RBI from June 28 - July 15.
The 20-year-old Veen led the NWL in steals (50) and runs (72) despite an early-August promotion to the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats. Veen batted .269 (92-for-342) and ranked among the league's top five in RBI (60), on-base percentage (.368), and OPS (.807). In addition to earning a spot on the NWL All-Star team, Veen was selected as the league's top MLB prospect and Most Valuable Player.
NORTHWEST LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM
First Base: Colin Simpson - Spokane Indians
Second Base: Eddy Diaz - Spokane Indians
Shortstop: Julio Carreras - Spokane Indians
Third Base: Carter Aldrete - Eugene Emeralds
Catcher: Patrick Bailey - Eugene Emeralds
Outfield: Zac Veen - Spokane Indians
Outfield: Spencer Packard - Everett AquaSox
Outfield: Jairo Pomares - Eugene Emeralds
Designated Hitter: Casey Schmitt - Eugene Emeralds
Right-Handed Starter: Prelander Berroa - Eugene/Everett
Left-Handed Starter: Nick Swiney - Eugene Emeralds
Reliever: Isaiah Campbell - Everett AquaSox
Northwest League Award Winners
Manager of the Year: Carlos Valderrama - Eugene Emeralds
Most Valuable Player: Zac Veen - Spokane Indians
Pitcher of the Year: Prelander Berroa - Eugene/Everett
Top MLB Prospect: Zac Veen Spokane Indians
ABOUT THE SPOKANE INDIANS
The Spokane Indians are the High-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies located in Spokane, Washington, and were named 2021 MiLB Organization of the Year. Avista Stadium is home to the MultiCare Kids Bench Seat. Parking at all Spokane Indians games is FREE. The Spokane Indians office and team store hours are 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Monday through Thursday and 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Fridays.