Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Wynton Bernard and utility fielder Sean Bouchard have been named to the 2022 Pacific Coast League All-Star Team, it was announced today by Major League Baseball. This award was voted on by media representatives and league managers.
Bernard, tabbed as one of the PCL’s three outfielders, earned his second Postseason All-Star Team (2014, Low-A West Michigan), while Bouchard, the designated hitter, garner his first Postseason All-Star laurels.
In his 11th season as a professional Bernard ranked at or near the top of the PCL in many offensive categories. He was first in batting average (.333), becoming only the second Isotope to ever win a league batting title (John Lindsey, .354 in 2010). Bernard also finished the 2022 season ranked second in the circuit in slugging (.590), OPS (.677), hits (143), tied for second in extra-base hits (60) and triples (8), third in total bases (253) and RBI (92), fifth in OBP (.387), runs (95) and doubles (31) and tied for seventh in stolen bases (30).
Bernard also produced career-bests in the following categories: Batting average runs scored, doubles, triples, home runs (21), RBI, slugging and OPS.
With his 21 home runs and 30 stolen bases, Bernard became the second Isotope to tally a 20/30 campaign, joining Joc Pederson (2014) who eventually finished with a 30/30 season. He was the seventh Albuquerque player to steal at least 30 bases in a season, and the first since Pederson. Bernard’s six leadoff homers set a new Isotopes record, breaking Tony Abreu’s mark of five (2009). Bernard led the team with 44-multi hit contests this season, while becoming the 14th Isotope to ever reach the 90 RBI plateau.
With only one grand slam during his professional career entering 2022, Bernard tallied two this year – July 24 vs. Sugar Land and Sept. 16 vs. Oklahoma City. His slam on Sept. 16 was historic for the Isotopes, as it was their 14th of the season, setting a new Minor League Baseball record for a team in one campaign. It also tied the Major League record of 14 team slams in one year, joining the 2000 Oakland Athletics and 2006 Cleveland Indians.
Bernard’s season was highlighted by his first-ever callup to the Major Leagues, which came on Aug. 12 after 1,109 games in the minors. His emotional FaceTime call sharing the news with his mother went viral and…