"He's a special player,'' Salt Lake manager Brian Harper said of Kendrick. "Hitting success isn‚t achieved by accident, it takes hard work, and he's a very committed young man. He‚s showing that now with the Angels.''
Since joining Angels, Kendrick has continued his success, hitting for a .317 average with 19 runs batted in.
Created in 1998 when the PCL expanded to 16 teams, previous PCL Rookies of the Year include Bobby Crosby, then with Sacramento, Jeremy Giambi with Omaha, Chris Burke with New Orleans, and the 2005 winner Felix Hernandez from Tacoma.
Other PCL players considered to receive the 2006 award were Las Vegas'James Loney (MLN FAB50 Baseball 2006 No. 15), Nashville's Tony Gwynn Jr. (MLN FAB50 Baseball 2006 No. 44 ), and Tucson's Stephen Drew (MLN FAB50 Baseball 2006 No. 1 ).