Atlantic League MVP Ray Navarrete returns for a fifth season after enjoying a career year in 2009. Navarrete appeared in an Atlantic League record 139 games, setting five single-season Ducks’ records with games played (139), at-bats (531), runs (106), hits (164) and extra-base hits (66). He also set franchise records in home runs (72) and doubles (129). He led the league in RBI (96), hits, runs, extra-base hits and doubles (39), while finishing second in home runs (25), fifth in on-base percentage (.403) and third in slugging percentage (.531).
The 31-year-old’s efforts have earned him trips to the Atlantic League All-Star Game each of the past three years, while simultaneously helping lead the Ducks into postseason play. The Seton Hall alum, a career .287 hitter in 1,112 minor league games, was originally signed as a nondrafted free agent by Pittsburgh in 2000.