MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Sherman Dunston, Boise - .342 AVG 50 HR 131 RBI
After suffering a long-term injury in Season 22, Dunston bounced back in Season 23 to win his 6th MVP award, which is a new Kenny Powers record! Dunston led the AL in Batting Average, Slugging and OPS, which was enough to sway voters to give him his record-breaking (in Kenny Powers anyway) 6th trophy. He also won his 7th Silver Slugger award this season. If he remains healthy, Dunston could push for the all-time Kenny Powers Home Run and RBI records, although he still has a bit of a way to go on both.
National League - Ken Ingram, Chicago - .300 AVG 65 HR 126 RBI
Ingram also accomplishes a feat that has never been done in Kenny Powers, winning back-to-back MVP's in different leagues. Ingram won the AL MVP last season as a part of New Britain, and takes home this season's honors in the NL as part of Chicago. His 65 Home Runs were tied for 4th most all-time in Kenny Powers, and he also led the NL in Slugging. He won his 4th Silver Slugger and not only made his 5th All-Star team, he won the All-Star Game MVP. What a season! This marks Ingram's 3rd MVP win overall, as he also won AL MVP in Season 20.
CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Ellis Brock, Tampa Bay - 18-8 2.82 ERA 180 K
Brock joins a very small group of hurlers to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, after coming out with the AL Cy Young Award in a very close race. Brock also won NL honors in Season 16. Coincidentally, that franchise was also located in Tampa Bay. Brock led the AL in Strikeouts, while putting up solid numbers across the board elsewhere to notch his 2nd career Cy Young Award. He also made his 6th All-Star team this season.
National League - Boomer Lange, Chicago - 26-4 2.81 ERA 237 K
Our only first time winner of the major awards this season, Chicago's Lange won the NL Cy Young Award by a substantial margin. His 26 wins tied for the 3rd most all-time in Kenny Powers history and he also led the NL in Innings Pitched and Quality Starts. He made his 3rd All-Star team in Season 23 as well. At just age 25, he is one of the most talented pitchers in Kenny Powers and playing on a very good Chicago squad, should have plenty of more shots to win the Cy Young again.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Sammy Bastardo, Little Rock - 17-1 2.74 ERA 98 K
Bastardo accumulated an impressive win total as a win vulture in the back-end of a tandem starter role. Still, his team had to win those games, so hats off to him on a most impressive 17-1 mark. Bastardo has very solid ratings, although isn't a workhorse stamina wise, so the tandem role fits him well. It will be interesting to see his role in Little Rock going forward, although finishing as the #1 rated team in Kenny Powers at the end of the regular season, it would be a surprise to see a major altering in their strategy.
National League - Burke Gibson, St. Louis - 11-1 2.19 ERA 71 K
It's the year of the reliever in the Rookie of the Year races, as St. Louis setup man Gibson won a close race to take home the NL honors. Gibson appeared to have a more conventional setup role for the World Series runners up and he was certainly lights out this season in performing those duties. His outstanding season is a slight surprise, given his minor league totals, but he certainly found the recipe that put it altogether for a stellar season in his rookie campaign. It will certainly be intriguing to see how he follows it up in his sophomore campaign.
FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Matty Prieto, Nashville - 3.39 ERA, 38 SV, 1st Win
National League - Rico Tejera, Salem - 4.67 ERA, 45 SV, 2nd Win
SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
|DH||Angel Perez||Little Rock||1st|
|C||Harry Young||New Britain||1st|
|RF||Ernest Hancock||Little Rock||1st|
|P||Don Kojima||Oklahoma City||1st|
|2B||Ken Ingram||White Sox||4th|
|3B||Dingo Price||White Sox||4th|
|LF||Diego Marin||White Sox||1st|
GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
|SS||Noah Straily||New York||1st|
|2B||Noe Ortiz||New York||1st|
|CF||Saul Santos||New York||2nd|