Cal catcher Brett Cumberland earns Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, Mitchell Kranson named first-team All-Pac-12

Cal catcher Brett Cumberland was named an All-American and took home Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, as Mitchell Kranson earns a first-team all-conference nod.

On Thursday, California sophomore catcher Brett Cumberland became the fifth Golden Bear to be named conference player of the year, following Tony Renda (2011), Troy Penix (1992), Jon Zuber (1992) and Rod Booker (1980).

Along with Cumberland, several other Bears earned postseason honors, with senior Mitchell Kranson being named to the first-team All-Pac-12, playing four different positions over the course of the season -- left field, first base, third base and catcher -- and recording put-outs and assists at each.

Senior Nick Halamandaris -- a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection -- as well as sophomore reliever Erik Martinez, senior righty Ryan Mason and junior infielder Robbie Tenerowicz each earned honorable mention.

Cumberland ranked first in the Pac-12 with 16 home runs, 51 RBI and a .678 slugging percentage. He was second in on-base percentage (.480) and total bases (122), ranked fifth with 46 runs and sixth in batting average at .344.

Cumberland -- a draft-eligible sophomore -- will likely go in the second round, scouts have told the Cal coaching staff, and in all likelihood will go before the end of the third.

"We don't expect him back at all," said head coach David Esquer. "We wish him well."

Kranson -- affectionately known as El Gaucho -- hit .333 with 15 doubles, five home runs and 36 RBI in the middle of the Cal lineup.

Halamandaris set career highs with a .315 batting average, 15 doubles, five home runs and 43 RBI, while Mason went 8-4 with a 3.21 ERA and a team-high 87 innings pitched, moving into second place all-time on Cal's career wins list. One National League scout said with great certainty that Mason would get drafted, but it's unclear exactly in what round. He was up around 93-94 with his fastball at times this year, but when he sits at 88-89 and lets his fastball sink, that's when he's at his best. Mason finished the season with a career-high 65 strikeouts.

Tenerowicz wrapped up his junior season with a .299 average, and ranked second on the team with six home runs while playing both middle infield positions. A defensive whiz, Tenerowicz had never hit above .182 with Cal before this season.

"Robbie looks like he's going to get an opportunity [in the Draft]," Esquer said.

Martinez finished with eight saves (tied for ninth in school history for a single season) and a 3.13 ERA. 

The Bears finished ninth in the Pac-12, at 32-21 overall, and 14-16 in conference play, after an 8-2 start to the season against Pac-12 opponents. Top Stories