LINCOLN — Saltdogs’ record setters Ian Gac and Marshall Schuler were named to the 2014 American Association Postseason All-Star Team, the league announced Monday.
Gac was voted by league managers and media as the best designated hitter in the American Association. Schuler was named Reliever of the Year.
Gac led the league with 27 home runs, despite playing just 83 games, and posted the league’s best slugging percentage at .679.
The 29-year old from Bellevue, Wash. hit .349 (7th in A.A.) with 77 RBI (4th) and 52 extra-base hits (t-2nd). Gac set Saltdogs’ franchise records in home runs and slugging percentage in 2014.
Schuler set a new league record with 34 saves (in 37 chances), and went more than 10 weeks without blowing a save to finish the regular season.
The 26-year old from Anaheim, Calif. struck out 51 batters in 50 2/3 innings and appeared in 50 games (2nd in the league and a Saltdogs single-season record).
Gac blasted four home runs with 12 RBI in the season’s final week to also nab American Association Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and the third time in 2014.
The Saltdogs open their 2014 American Association Division Series with the Winnipeg Goldeyes Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Radio coverage for the best-of-five semifinals begins at 6:35 p.m. on KFOR 1240 from Shaw Park.
Playoff tickets for game three of the AADS are on sale now, with reserved seats at just $5, at www.saltdogs.com.