Colin Rea has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year.
The announcement came Aug. 29, three days after the Cascade native was named to the 2019 All-Pacific Coast League Team.
Rea is 14-4 in 26 games this season. His 14 wins leads the PCL, while his 3.95 ERA is second in the league. In 148 innings of work, he’s allowed 142 hits while striking out 120.
Rea’s 14 wins is the most for a PCL pitcher since 2016 and ties the Iowa single-season franchise record. He leads the Iowa Cubs in wins, ERA and WHIP(1.36).
Rea is the second I–Cub to claim PCL Pitcher of the Year honors. Carlos Pimentel won the award in 2015.
Rea was also selected to the mid-season PCL All-Star team.
Originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the 12th round of the 2011 draft, Rea made his major league debut for the Padres in 2015. He signed with the Cubs as a free agent in January 2019.
The I–Cubs have concluded their regular season and travel to Round Rock to begin the best-of-five playoffs Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:05 p.m., with Rea expected to start for the I–Cubs. The I-Cubs will return home for Game three Friday, Sept. 6. If necessary, game four will be played Saturday, Sept. 7 and game five will be Sunday, Sept. 8. in Des Moines.
The playoff format features the winners of the two divisions in each conference. The two teams from the five-game series will meet in the PCL Championship Series. The 2019 champion will meet the International League champion in a single game for the national championship.