The Drive finished the 2016 season with a 70-69 record to clinch their second straight winning campaign, and the final month of the season saw team records fall as well as several players recognized for their outstanding performance.
The Boston Red Sox recognized the winners of their 2016 Minor League Awards before Sunday's game at Fenway Park, and four Drive alums received awards, including right-handed pitcher Roniel Raudes, who was selected as the Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
The month of July was the toughest of the season for the Drive, as the team posted a 12-16 record and saw three key players dealt away in exchange for major leaguers, but a big month from the team's new leadoff hitter served as a bright spot.
The South Atlantic League announced its annual league award winners on Tuesday, and the Greenville Drive have been selected as the recipient of the Excellence in Marketing, Sports Turf Manager of the Year and Playing Surface of the Year awards.
The Drive were rewarded for their outstanding play in June with a league-high eight players selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. The offense had several players get hot leading into the break, while the bullpen put together a stellar month as well.
The Greenville Drive have put together an outstanding 2016 season on the field, and outfielders Tate Matheny and Luis Alexander Basabe were selected to the South Atlantic League Annual All-Star Team, league president Eric Krupa announced Tuesday.
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