MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Sherman Dunston, Boise - .335 AVG 52 HR 165 RBI
It's just another MVP trophy for Dunston, his 7th. He did win a batting title in Season 24, the only category he led, and put up very impressive numbers; however, it seems there may have been more deserving candidates this season. Some must auto-vote for him any time they see him on the ballot. Dunston did not earn any other honors this past season, but he was MVP nonetheless.
National League - Julio Park, Durham - .298 AVG 51 HR 151 RBI
Park, one of the elite power bats in Kenny Powers, put up stellar numbers in leading Durham to their best record in franchise history. This resulted in him winning his 1st MVP award in Season 24. Park led the NL in RBI, Slugging and OPS. He made the All-Star Team, won the Home Run Derby, won a Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove. What a season! He truly did it all in Season 24.
CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Shawn Olson, Helena - 21-3 2.48 ERA 162 K
The 26 year-old lefty earned his first Cy Young award in Season 24 leading a stellar Helena staff that accumulated an impressive 108 wins. Olson, the AL's leader in ERA and WHIP, also made his 1st All-Star team in Season 24. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Olson compete for future Cy Young awards given his impressive ratings, age and the fact that he is on a very strong Helena team.
National League - Tim Blair, Syracuse - 20-2 1.76 ERA 215 K
It's Cy Young award #2 for Blair, who also took the honors in Season 19. The NL ERA leader tied for the 5th lowest ERA in Kenny Powers history in Season 24, also posting healthy strikeout total. He also made his 5th All-Star team this past season. What's even more impressive is that Blair is the career leader in both ERA and WHIP in Kenny Powers, a feat that probably better describes how stellar his career has been.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Hiram Freeman, Madison - .297 AVG 51 HR 145 RBI
It was quite the season for the Madison rookie Right Fielder, showing that the impressive power he demonstrated in the minors translates over to the big leagues. The #2 pick in the Season 21 draft, Freeman was up for a short stint in Season 23 before getting to play the full year for Madison in Season 24. Going forward, he's going to get a lot of K's, as he doesn't have the best batting eye, but when he connects it's a good bet the ball could be leaving the yard.
National League - Shooter Perkins, Durham - 12-4 2.67 ERA 91 K
The Durham righty earned his way into the rotation for a very good Durham team in Season 24 and he did not disappoint, taking home Rookie of the Year honors in the NL with 12 wins and a very good ERA, particularly in the hitter-friendly confines of Durham. Perkins was the #12 pick in the Season 21 draft. His ratings indicate he should be solid going forward. If you were to nitpick, his LH split is average, and doesn't have that one great out pitch, but everything else looks great.
FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Butch Gray, New York - 2.12 ERA 41 SV, 1st win
National League - Gene Bonilla, Chicago - 4.30 ERA 43 SV, 1st win
SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
|C||Richard Tateyama||Little Rock||3rd|
|3B||Geovany Batista||New Britain||1st|
|RF||Ernest Hancock||Little Rock||2nd|
|SS||Brendan O'Neil||Oklahoma City||3rd|
|CF||Norm Hodges||St. Louis||4th|
GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
|2B||David Meng||Little Rock||3rd|
|SS||Noah Straily||New York||2nd|
|CF||Saul Santos||New York||3rd|
|RF||Darryl Matthews||New York||1st|