Two-time Pitcher of the Year Patrick Conroy to join Sonoma Stompers

 (Bentley Nelson / San Rafael Pacifics)

(Bentley Nelson / San Rafael Pacifics)

SONOMA, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers announced Wednesday that two-time Pacific Association Pitcher of the Year Patrick Conroy will join the team for 2018. He will bolster the Stompers pitching staff as well as serve as pitching coach under manager Zack Pace. 

Conroy spent two years in the Kansas City Royals organization before earning his league honors with the San Rafael Pacifics, where he has played since 2014. 

“The awards themselves were definitely an honor. I think it's a reflection of what I've learned from the Pacifics and my teammates,” Conroy said. "I think I learned just as much, maybe even more after the Royals. It's definitely a reflection on the quality of coaching and baseball that we have in this league."

The San Rafael native is also the pitching coach at College of Marin and previously held the same position at Terra Linda High School.

“Patrick has great knowledge of the game from his experience playing and coaching at high school and junior college,” Pace said. “He is a huge asset to the organization as a coach and as a player. I feel confident having Patrick lead our pitching staff to be successful.”

Pace, who Conroy calls a “great baseball mind and person,” was teammates with Conroy on the Pacifics from 2014 to 2016. The Pacifics won two championships in that span. 

Conroy says there “will be emotion there” when he faces the Pacifics in a Stompers uniform, but he’ll treat it like any other game. Instead, he wants to focus on his performance on the mound and helping his teammates. 

“Playing against the Stompers in the past, I've had the utmost respect for everybody and I thought the community was great,” Conroy said. “We were rivals, but being a Stomper now, I'm excited for my coaching and pitching career.”

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