Saturday, August 10, 2013

Season 12 Awards Recap

With Oklahoma City and Nashville in the midst of battling it out for the World Series, the awards for Season 12 were handed out.  Let's see who the winners were!

Most Valuable Player
American League - Ivy Mench, Pawtucket -.313 AVG 46 HR 127 RBI
Ivy Mench led a powerful Pawtucket offense this season in route to capturing his first MVP award.  He led the league in OBP, was an all-star starter, and won a Silver Slugger award, his 2nd.  At only 26, he should be an MVP contender for many seasons to come. 

National League - Jeremy Randall, Buffalo -.312 AVG 44 HR 102 RBI
Jeremy Randall, Buffalo's star 25 year-old catcher, captured his 2nd MVP award (he also won in season 9) with another fantastic season.  He led the NL in OBP, SLG and OPS, was a starter in the All-Star game, and won his 4th Silver Slugger award.  Randall is another young player who will continue to rack up accolades for seasons to come. 

Cy Young Award
American League - Clyde Hurst, Vancouver - 19-6 2.41 ERA 241 K
Pitching wise, Clyde Hurst led the AL this season in, well, just about everything.  It wasn't a close race at all as Hurst was clearly the best pitcher in the AL yet again, as this is his 4th Cy Young win and 3rd in a row.  He has as many Cy Young Awards than all-star appearances, as he made his 4th this season.  At age 29, there's no telling how many more Cy Youngs he can win, especially with no other pitchers in the AL stepping up to challenge him. 

National League - Richard Ma, Oklahoma City - 21-3 2.17 ERA 183 K
Richard Ma led an outstanding Oklahoma City pitching staff to win his 2nd Cy Young award in 3 seasons.  Ma won the NL ERA title, tied for the lead in wins, and made his 5th All-Star team.  Amazingly, he also threw two no-hitters this season!  It pretty much doesn't get much better than that, and at age 28, Ma has many more great seasons to come. 

Rookie of the Year
American League - Kyle Surtain, Detroit - .278 AVG 32 HR 80 RBI
Detroit's 23 year-old up-and-coming Right Fielder, Kurt Surtain, took home AL Rookie of the Year honors, with a solid season.  Surtain has tremendous power and as a great all-around hitter, so future all-star appearances should be in his future.  He also has nice speed, as he stole 13 bases this season.  He also made the All-Star team this season.

National League - Jeff Jennings, Las Vegas - 17-8 3.41 ERA 114 K
Jeff Jennings took home the NL Rookie of the Year award in a unique Starter/Long Reliever role.  Whenever he came into pitch, he was very effective and racked up 17 wins with a solid 3.41 ERA.  He has highly effective pitches, but is mediocre vs. lefties, and his RH split isn't that great either.  He doesn't have elite talent, but could contend for future awards, even though it's not a given.  Still, hats off to a very impressive rookie season for Jennings.  

Fireman of the Year
American League - King Stoops, Chicago - 2.72 ERA, 48 SV - 3rd Win
National League - Jamie Mancuso, Memphis - 1.31 ERA, 51 SV - 2nd Win

Silver Slugger Awards
American League

DH  Al Soto  Vancouver  1st
C  Livan Espinoza  Little Rock 1st
1B  Javier Sivilla  Pawtucket 1st
2B  Sherman Perez  Pawtucket 2nd
3B  Chipper Nippert  Vancouver  3rd
SS  Luis Vega  Pawtucket 4th
LF  Joey Aumont  Vancouver  1st
CF  Weldon Rando  Cincinnati 2nd
RF  Ivy Mench  Pawtucket 2nd

National League

P Allan Blackley Boston 1st
C Jeremy Randall Buffalo 4th
1B Yuniesky Diaz Tampa Bay 2nd
2B Joaquin Valverde Oklahoma City 5th
3B Allan Farquhar Tampa Bay 1st
SS Sammy Ozuna Chicago 1st
LF Jack McMichael Tacoma 2nd
CF Felix Cochrane Memphis 1st
RF Al Martin Tacoma 2nd

Gold Glove Awards 
American League

P Cristian Wanatabe Texas 1st
C Heinie Pecina New York 1st
1B Otto Gibson Seattle 1st
2B P.T. Henriquez Augusta 3rd
3B Chipper Nippert Vancouver 3rd
SS Tom Post Dover 3rd
LF Dennis Bailey Augusta 1st
CF Pepe Mendoza Little Rock 3rd
RF Clyde Rosen Boise 1st

National League

P Allan Blackley Boston 1st
C Darren Riley Salem 1st
1B Pablo Montanez Louisville 1st
2B Alfonso Castro Tampa Bay 1st
3B Tony Bonifacio Las Vegas 1st
SS Bryant Swift Las Vegas 4th
LF Alving Machado Memphis 1st
CF Luis Estalella Indianapolis 1st
RF Chad Whitaker Louisville 1st

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