In the AL, it was another dominant season for Sherman Dunston of San Francisco who led the AL in Slugging and OPS. Bernie Jackson of New York took the batting tied and led the AL in on-base percentage, while Boston's David Frias led the AL in hits and runs.
In the NL, powerful, young slugger Alex Sanchez of Tucson led the NL led the league in home runs, hits, and runs, quite the impressive feat, but perhaps outdone by Buffalo's Jeremy Randall, who won the batting title, and led the league in slugging, on-base percentage, and OPS. That's not all, his OPS of 1.145 is the third highest in world history, while his .509 OBP is a new Kenny Powers single season record!
Here are the complete offensive league leaders!
|Batting Average||Bernie Jackson||New York||.357|
|Home Runs||Jose Reyes||Pawtucket||54|
|Stolen Bases||Weldon Rando||Toronto||87|
|OBP||Bernie Jackson||New York||.449|
|SLG||Sherman Dunston||San Francisco||.654|
|OPS||Sherman Dunston||San Francisco||1.098|
|Batting Average||Jeremy Randall||Buffalo||.354|
|Home Runs||Alex Sanchez||Tucson||60|
|Stolen Bases||Patrick Grieve||Louisviile||69|
In the AL, Matty Posada of Nashville grabbed headlines by leading the league in ERA, WHIP and tying for the lead in quality starts. Valerio Baez of New Britain led the AL in innings pitched, complete games and tied for the lead in wins. Atlanta's Ubaldo Merced tied for the league in wins and quality starts, while Pawtucket's Ted Wagner led the league in strikeouts and shutouts. Looks like it will be quite the race for the AL Cy Young, with no one dominant contender! Surprisingly, of the above only Baez is listed on the ballot.
On the NL side, a number of hurlers broke top 5 single season marks. Jim Forbes of Burlington had the 5th most innings pitched in Kenny Powers history and tied the record for shutouts with 6! Syracuse's Alberto Campos posted the 4th lowest ERA of all-time with a microscopic 1.76 mark, while posting the 3rd lowest WHIP, but was topped by teammate Tim Blair who posted the 2nd lowest! Leading the league in wins was Jimmie Soto of Buffalo, who also tied for 5th all-time in Quality Starts. Tampa Bay's Ellis Brock tied for 4th most Complete Games with 11 and led the league in strikeouts. Finally, all-time saves leader Jamie Mancuso put together another gem of a season, tying for 2nd most Saves in Kenny Powers history with 56. What a season for pitching in the NL!
Here are the complete Pitching leaders!
|Wins||Valerio Baez||New Britain||20|
|Innings Pitched||Valerio Baez||New Britain||255.2|
|Quality Starts||Matty Posada||Nashville||24|
|Tony Gwynn||New Britain||24|
|Complete Games||Valerio Baez||New Britain||8|
|Strikeouts||Ellis Brock||Tampa Bay||238|
|Innings Pitched||Jim Forbes||Burlington||270.0|
|Quality Starts||Jimmie Soto||Buffalo||30|
|Complete Games||Ellis Brock||Tampa Bay||11|