New Hampshire Fisher Cats: Hitter of the Year

The Fisher Cats offense struggled this season as a unit hitting just .249. Many viewed their new ballpark as a pitchers park, though Ryan Roberts told InsideTheDome that really was not the case. "The wind varies and the parks works both ways" said Roberts. "The batters eye is great which makes it good for the hitters but I also heard from the pitchers that the mound is great and it helps them out." Roberts was one of several players strongly considered for the award, but did he get it?

Although as a team New Hampshire did not have a great offensive season, some individuals had solid performances. Curtis Thigpen was promoted late in the season and played in 39 games for New Hampshire. The young catcher hit .284 with four home runs and fifteen runs batted in, while scoring eighteen runs and hitting eight doubles on the season. Ron Davenport also had a solid season for New Hampshire appearing in 95 games and playing 86 games in the outfield. Davenport hit .270 with ten home runs and thirty-eight runs batted in, scoring thirty-four times and hitting twenty-two doubles.

Miguel Negron also had a solid season and flashed his potential in a team high 124 games. Negron finished the season with a .258 average and had twelve home runs and forty-six runs batted in. Negron began the season with an awful slump hitting .158 over his first 16 games and .213 over his first 41 games. The former first round pick though tore it up during the month of June hitting .326 in 23 games with four home runs. Negron once again showed his power potential during August as he hit five home runs in the month and had a .296 average in thirty games.

Ryan Roberts had a superior season after a well deserved promotion from the Dunedin Blue Jays, however, finished a close second in the voting. The second baseman hit .272 in 92 games and had fifteen home runs and forty-four runs batted in. He finished second on the team in home runs and third in RBI.

The winner of this season's award went to the Fisher Cats third baseman, Rob Cosby. The 24-year-old hit .308 in 115 games with seventeen home runs and sixty-eight runs batted in, both team highs. Cosby tore up the Eastern League over the last three months of the season hitting .338 with fifteen home runs and fifty-six runs batted in over his last 72 games. The right-hand hitter tore up southpaws as he hit .366 off them in 123 at bats, while hitting .285 in 305 at bats against right-hand hitters. With runners in scoring position Cosby hit .333 and .339 with runners on base.

When ITD spoke with the Jays Director of Player Development Dick Scott during spring training he mentioned that Cosby was a player the organization had high hopes for in 2005.

"Rob Cosby is a guy I picked as a sleeper last year, but he tore up his knee five games into the season and it was very unfortunate" said Scott. "He probably is my No. 1 sleeper candidate this year."

"I worked very hard this winter with Jose Cruz Jr., and I believe all that hard work has paid off now" Cosby told InsideTheDome. "I had one of my best seasons, even though I did not start off well."

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