DURHAM, NC – No matter where you look on the American Association offensive league leaders lists, chances are you will see Wichita Wingnuts OF Brent Clevlen (pictured). The All-Star from Austin, TX terrorized pitchers throughout 2014 and has been voted the American Association Player of the Year.
Clevlen turned in his best professional season with a .372 batting average to finish at the top of the American Association in the regular season. He also finished second in the league in home runs (20), RBI (80), doubles (33) and slugging percentage (.647). Clevlen’s slugging percentage was also the best of his career and his 20 homers are tied for the second-most in his 13 professional seasons.
The Wingnuts’ outfielder has had an impressive season and Player of the Year is not the first award he garnered from the American Association in 2014. Clevlen earned the Pointstreak Player of the Week award for the period ending August 3. He also won the Rawlings Hitter of the Month honor in August thanks to an astounding .457 average and 30 RBI during the season’s final month.
Clevlen helped Wichita set a league-record by finishing the regular season 73-27. That mark was easily enough to win the American Association South Division, but the Wingnuts did not stop there. They have advanced to the American Association championship series for the third consecutive season and will look to capture their first league title when the finals begin on Wednesday, September 10 against the Lincoln Saltdogs.