Saturday, June 17, 2017

Season 34 Award Winners

The winners of the hardware in Season 34 have been announced, let's take a look at the winners!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Raul Galvez, Salem - .308 AVG 52 HR 148 RBI 15 SB
The highly decorated Salem Center Fielder finally added an MVP trophy to his award case in Season 34, and his numbers certainly warranted it.  On top of an impressive stat line, Galvez pretty much did it all this season.  He made his 3rd All-Star Game, won the Home Run Derby, won the All-Star Game MVP and won his 5th Silver Slugger.  He also led the AL in Runs, Slugging and OPS.  What a season, indeed!

National League - 
Yoenis Portillo, Buffalo - .320 AVG 21 HR 92 RBI 37 SB
Yasmany Cubillan, Florida - .303 AVG 24 HR 113 RBI 52 SB
NL voters couldn't decide between the two young, speedy stars whose names both begin with Y, so Buffalo's Portillo and Florida's Cubillan will share this season's NL MVP award.  Portillo at just 21 years of age is one of the youngest MVP winners in Cobbfather history.  He also made the All-Star team this season and won a Silver Slugger.  The 24 year-old Cubillan is a 5-tool player who can pretty much do it all.  He also picked up a Silver Slugger award this season.  The future most definitely looks bright for these two youngsters.

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Bob Graves, Cheyenne - 21-6 2.56 ERA 226 K
The 27 year-old righty out of Cheyenne, who has already made 5 All-Star teams, finally broke through with 1st Cy Young Award with another phenomenal season.  Graves was the AL leader in Wins and ERA and fell six strikeouts short of the Pitching Triple Crown.  Now that he has his first Cy Young, it will be interesting to see how many more he can rack up, as his ratings are near flawless.

National League - Ryan Fisher, Dover - 15-8 2.63 ERA 199 K
In a season where no NL pitcher finished with more than 16 wins, Fisher emerged at the top of the head to grab his 1st Cy Young Award.  It's a great story for the 36 year-old lefty, who never won a single award or honor entering the season.  He made his first All-Star team this season and led the NL in Strikeouts and Quality Starts which was good enough to bring home the hardware.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Graham Wallace, Charlotte - .267 AVG 40 HR 96 RBI 12 SB
Wallace was the runaway winner on the AL Rookie of the Year Award, pounding out 40 Home Runs and posting an OPS of over .900.  He also made the All-Star Team and won a Silver Slugger, capping an outstanding rookie campaign.  Judging by his ratings, this could be just the tip of the iceberg for the 25 year-old Charlotte LF, as his ceiling appears to be even higher than the line he posted in Season 34.

National League -
Yasmany Gonzalez, Nashville - 8-8 3.53 ERA 40 SV
Lance Garcia, Cleveland - .283 AVG 30 HR 98 RBI
It's yet another NL awards tie, as the NL Rookie of the Year will also be shared in Season 34. Nashville's closer, Gonzalez, had an outstanding year at the back of the pen, also earning an All-Star appearance. No reason to think he won't continue to thrive going forward, as a RH split that is only good, not great, is the only weakness in his makeup.  The 22 year-old Garcia is an excellent hitting 1st Baseman who should be able to post impressive Average and OBP.   He has good, not plus, power, so 30 HR may be around his ceiling, but he has upside in other categories for sure.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Troy Hudek, Charlotte - 2-1 3.52 ERA 40 SV - 2nd Win
National League - Al Balentien, Monterrey - 2-5 4.95 ERA 47 SV - 1st Win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH
Timothy Steinbach
Pawtucket
2nd
C
Victor Roberts
Sacramento
1st
1B
Albert Cruz
Milwaukee
11th
2B
Calvin Hukata
Detroit
2nd
3B
Sean Gosling
Charlotte
1st
SS
Edgardo Melendez
Little Rock
1st
LF
Graham Wallace
Charlotte
1st
CF
Raul Galvez
Salem
5th
RF
Francis King
Salem
4th

National League
P
Kris Saarloos
Dover
1st
C
Derrick Frank
Dover
2nd
1B
Paul Everett
Los Angeles
1st
2B
Yohan Gomez
Buffalo
2nd
3B
Yasmany Cubillan
Florida
2nd
SS
Willie Tejeda
Chicago
3rd
LF
Yoenis Portillo
Buffalo
1st
CF
Gerry Camilli
Florida
2nd
RF
Ahmed Ratliff
Cleveland
3rd

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P
Braeden Abercrombie
Sacramento
1st
C
Ordomar Solano
St. Louis
1st
1B
Crash Cepeda
Sacramento
1st
2B
Magglio Guzman
Colorado Springs
1st
3B
Mason Thomas
Detroit
1st
SS
Ubaldo Trevino
Houston
4th
LF
Lon Parkers
St. Louis
1st
CF
Tom Cox
Houston
1st
RF
Leonys Santos
Little Rock
2nd

National League
P Quilvio Odor Montgomery 1st
C Grady Collier Boise 1st
1B Julian Barber Coloardo 2nd
2B George Dubler Nashville 1st
3B Kirt Raggio Cincinnati 1st
SS Jordan Simmons Los Angeles 1st
LF Peter Cone Coloardo 1st
CF Jhoulys Pescado Boise 1st
RF Kenji Iwamura Kansas City 1st

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