9/1 LaHair named MVP of PCL
Triple-A Iowa first baseman Bryan LaHair, who has a franchise record 38 homers, was named Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast League on Thursday. In his ninth season of professional baseball, LaHair leads the league in home runs, RBI (109), extra-base hits (76), total bases (303), and intentional walks (9). He’s also second in the league in slugging (.664) and OPS (1.070), fourth in doubles (38), fifth in runs scored (91), and seventh in batting (.331). His 38 homers lead all of Minor League baseball. Ian Gac of Winston-Salem and Tim Wheeler of Tulsa were tied for second with 33.
In addition to surpassing the former franchise home run record of 37 set by Joe Hicks in 1984, LaHair ranks second on the Iowa single-season list in total bases, is tied for third in doubles, and fourth in RBI. He joins Mel Hall (1982) as the only Iowa players to have 30 doubles and 30 home runs in the season.
LaHair is the second Iowa Cubs player to be named PCL MVP. Geovany Soto received the award in 2007. The Cubs were expected to call up LaHair. Mike Quade, player development director Oneri Fleita and interim GM Randy Bush were to meet Friday to go over the roster and determine who to call up.
– Carrie Muskat