MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Sherman Dunston, San Francisco - .330 AVG 50 HR 148 RBI
It was just another ho-hum MVP season for Dunston, who picked up his 4th straight AL MVP award with another spectacular year at the plate. He is now tied for the most MVP's in Kenny Powers history, at just age 27. It will be interesting to see how many more MVP's he can win, and how many records he can shatter. He's truly an elite talent. He also made the All-Star team and won a Silver Slugger this season.
National League - Alex Sanchez, Tucson - .339 AVG 64 HR 150 RBI
Sanchez won the NL MVP, his first, in a landslide, and with the numbers he put up, it's easy to see why. He probably would have even beat Dunston if he was in the AL! Like his AL counterpart, he also made the All-Star team and won a Silver Slugger. At just age 26, and with perhaps the most powerful bat in Kenny Powers, he should continue to put up mind-boggling numbers, and another MVP trophy in the future certainly is a possibility
CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Deven Fielder, New York - 21-5 2.93 ERA 194 K
Fielder led the charge for one of the AL's most up-and-coming teams, New York, collecting the Cy Young Award for his efforts, his first win. With New York getting better as a team, Fielder should have more Cy Young opportunities, thanks to increased win totals, as the 28 year-old has few flaws, if any, in his arsenal. He also made the All-Star team this season, his first, and won a Gold Glove. Quite the breakout season for a player who had never won any honors prior to this season.
National League - Co-Winners
Jimmie Soto, Buffalo - 19-5 2.59 ERA 223 K
Tim Blair, Syracuse - 17-7 2.38 ERA 204 K
The NL voters were unable to decide between Soto and Blair, both who had outstanding win-loss records, ERA's and strikeout totals on successful teams. Therefore both hurlers will claim stake to this season's NL Cy Young Award. This is Soto's 2nd Cy Young win, as he also won in Season 13, while it is Blair's 1st. Both players also made the All-Star team this season. Blair is trying to add a World Series ring, but his squad is facing a tough opponent in New Britain.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Nick Spence, Helena - .278 AVG 51 HR 118 RBI
Helena's 22 year-old slugging 1st baseman powered his way to a landslide Rookie of the Year win by topping the 50 Home Run mark in his rookie campaign. He also made the All-Star team and won a Gold Glove this season. This very likely won't be the last 50 HR season for Spence, as the numbers are legit, he is truly an elite power bat, who could make quite the dent on the Kenny Powers record books once all is said and done.
National League - Alfredo Ortiz, Richmond - .274 AVG 34 HR 80 RBI
Ortiz won a close NL Rookie of the Year vote, putting up very solid numbers in his rookie campaign. With excellent power and a very good batting eye, to go with solid contact and decent splits, Ortiz looks like his ceiling could even be a bit higher than his rookie season numbers. Now that he has reached the majors after six seasons in the Minors, he should be a productive player for many seasons to come.
FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - J.D. Willis, New York - 2.55 ERA, 44 SV, 1st Win
National League - David Silva, Buffalo - 2.21 ERA, 42 SV, 2nd Win
SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
|1B||Sherman Dunston||San Francisco||4th|
|2B||Ken Ingram||New Britain||1st|
|SS||Delino Santana||Little Rock||2nd|
|P||Tomas Brogna||Santa Cruz||1st|
|C||Mike Russell||Santa Cruz||1st|
|3B||Jimmy Fox||Oklahoma City||6th|
|CF||Norm Hodges||Santa Cruz||2nd|
GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
|P||Deven Fielder||New York||1st|
|SS||Banana Bergeron||New Britain||1st|
|LF||Geraldo Perez||New Britain||1st|
|1B||Miguel Casilla||Santa Cruz||1st|
|2B||Domingo Iglesias||San Juan||1st|
|SS||Shaggy Keefe||Salt Lake City||1st|
|LF||Joey Aumont||Santa Cruz||2nd|
|CF||Norm Hodges||Santa Cruz||2nd|