Minaker, Molina And Reynolds Honored At Hot Stove Banquet
Jan. 30, 2007
San Jose, Calif. - Former Stanford Baseball players Chris Minaker and Greg Reynolds, and current player Randy Molina were honored at the 23rd Annual Santa Clara County Hot Stove Banquet on Tuesday night at the San Jose Elks Club. Minaker earned the College Player Award, while Reynolds was named the College Pitcher and Molina was one of three recipients of the Loyd Christopher Award.
Minaker earned Third Team NCBWA All-American honors and was a First Team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior in 2006 when he led Stanford in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.364), home runs (11) and RBI (68). He also made just one error in his final 33 games and ended the season with a .968 fielding percentage. Minaker, who was a three-time First Team Pac-10 All-Academic selection as a collegiate player, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 10th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft and finished his rookie professional campaign with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League last summer.
Reynolds was the second overall choice in the first round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies. As a junior at Stanford in 2006, he posted a 7-6 record and a 3.31 ERA, while striking out 108 batters in 127.2 innings and 18 starts. The honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice saved his best pitching for the end of the campaign when he went the distance in five of his final seven starts, earning All-NCAA Regional honors in the process. He spent his first professional season in 2006 with the Modesto Nuts of the Class A Advanced California League.
Molina will be a junior infielder for the Cardinal when the 2007 season starts at Cal State Fullerton on February 2. He hit .308 with 10 RBI last season while also leading club in both walks (25) and on-base percentage (.427) among regular starters. The award he won a share of is named after the late Loyd Christopher, who spent much of his career as a professional baseball scout after a long stint as a professional baseball player.
New managers of the Bay Area's Major League Baseball teams Bruce Bochy (San Francisco Giants) and Bob Geren (Oakland A's) both spoke at the banquet. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes was the organization's Major League Player award winner for the fourth time in the last five years.
The Santa Clara County Hot Stove Corp. Committee's commitment to the community of people of Santa Clara County is to provide the opportunity for baseball coaches and players to participate at the highest level and ensure recognition for their efforts. The annual banquet is one way the committee honors the accomplishments of deserving participants within the community. Funds provided from the banquet go directly to youth, high school and collegiate baseball programs.