HARRISBURG -- Lancaster Barnstormers outfielder Blake Gailen has been named Baseball America's 2012 Independent League Player of the the Year.
Gailen hit .338 with a career-best 22 home runs and 25 stolen bases for Lancaster, the Atlantic League's runner-up.
Baseball America, which specializes in minor league baseball coverage, notes that Gailen, the league's leading hitter, "actually lowered his career independent league batting average to .348. For his consistent success, the 27-year-old Gailen is our 2012 Independent Leagues Player of the Year."
Barnstormers outfielder Ryan Harvey was also named to the magazine's Independent League All-Star team, along with starting pitcher Dwayne Pollok.
York's Chris Nowak and Andres Perez were also named all-stars by BA, as well.