Salt Lake Bees right-handed pitcher Shane Loux threw himself into the PCL and Salt Lake baseball history books today.

Loux was named the 2008 PCL pitcher of the year by the league's managers and media representatives, marking the first time a player in Salt Lake franchise history has received the annual honor.

This is the second award for Loux this week. He was also recently named the top right-handed pitcher on the 2008 All-PCL team.

Loux, 28, is currently fifth in the league with a 3.98 ERA while appearing in 18 games with a team-best 12-6 record for the Bees in 2008. He is also tied for the league lead with 12 wins.

With the parent-club Los Angeles Angels this season, Loux owns a 3.12 ERA in 8.2 innings of relief spanning four games.

Loux was originally drafted out of Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz. in the second round of the 1997 draft by the Detroit Tigers. The Rapid City, S.D. native signed with the Angels as a free agent on Nov. 13, 2007.

The 80-58 Bees continue the team's final regular season road trip tonight against the Portland Beavers at 8:05 p.m. and are just one win away from clinching the Pacific North Division title.