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WINNIPEG, MB – Winnipeg Goldeyes’ outfielder Max Murphy, shortstop Raul Navarro, and first baseman David Washington have been voted to the American Association’s 2022 Postseason All-Star Team.

The Postseason All-Stars (full team below) were voted on by the league’s field managers, team executives, and media representatives.

Murphy started all 100 games in right field, and hit .308 while leading the American Association in both home runs (31) and RBI (97).  The 31 home runs tied the Goldeyes’ single-season record set by Kyle Martin in 2021, and rank tied for second in American Association history.  The Robbinsdale, Minnesota native also tied for the league lead with 12 outfield assists, which were the most by a Goldeyes’ outfielder since Chris Kokinda in 1999.  Murphy ranked sixth among American Association position players with 3.7 wins above replacement.

Murphy is in his second season with the Goldeyes, and hit .307 with 13 home runs and 71 RBI in 99 games in 2021.  The 29-year-old outfielder was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round in 2014 out of Bradley University, and reached the Triple-A level with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization in 2019.  Murphy previously played three seasons in the American Association with the St. Paul Saints where he was an All-Star in 2019 before having his contract purchased by Arizona.

Navarro finished the season sixth in the American Association with a .335 batting average in 91 games played.  The Los Llanos, Dominican Republic native scored 75 runs with 24 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 51 RBI, and 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts.  Navarro ran off a career-high 24-game hitting streak from June 29th-August 4th, which was the longest in the American Association this season.  Navarro was twice named American Association Batter of the Week, and finished 13th among position players with 3.4 wins above replacement.

Navarro hit .310 for the Goldeyes in 88 games last season with 48 runs scored, 24 doubles, 45 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.  The 30-year-old originally signed with the Diamondbacks as an international free agent in 2009, and reached the Triple-A level in 2015.  Navarro earned MVP honours in the independent Pacific Association in 2019 after hitting .373 with 66 runs, 41 RBI, and 31 stolen bases in 62 games for the San Rafael Pacifics.

Washington hit .273 with 30 home runs and 80 RBI in 99 games.  The San Diego, California native finished second in the American Association in home runs and tied for eighth in RBI.  Washington was named American Association Batter of the Week for August 8th-14th.  Washington achieved two significant career milestones during the season, hitting his 200th career home run on July 21st at Chicago, and notching his 1,000th career base hit in the second game of a double header on August 27th at Fargo-Moorhead.  A left-handed hitter throughout his career, Washington began switch-hitting in late June, and finished the season with a .242 average, three home runs, and a .435 slugging percentage in 62 at bats from the right side of the plate.

Washington was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 15th round out of University City High School in San Diego.  The 31-year-old reached the Major Leagues in 2017 with the Baltimore Orioles, and is now in his 14th season of professional baseball.  Including this season, Washington has helped his team reach the playoffs in five consecutive years, including championships with the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks in 2019 and American Association’s Milwaukee Milkmen in 2020.

2022 American Association Postseason All-Stars

C – Ryan Lidge, Chicago

1B – David Washington, Winnipeg

2B – Grant Kay, Chicago

3B – Leobaldo Pina, Fargo-Moorhead

SS – Raul Navarro, Winnipeg

OF – Max Murphy, Winnipeg

OF – Jimmy Kerrigan, Kane County

OF – Zach Nehrir, Cleburne

DH – Drew Ward, Fargo-Moorhead

UTIL – Bryan Torres, Milwaukee

SP – Matt Hall, Kansas City

RP – Alex DuBord, Fargo-Moorhead

The Goldeyes host Game One of the American Association Division Series Wednesday night against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ postseason tickets, as well as 2023 season tickets, individual tickets, group outings, and 10-game mini packs, visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com

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