Memphis Redbirds 2009 Player of the Year

In a championship season, Allen Craig stood out amongst some solid offensive performances.

In a historic season at Memphis, Allen Craig led the offensive charge for the Redbirds. The 25-year-old posted a line of .322/.374/.547 with 26 home runs and 83 RBIs. He led the Redbirds team in runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases, and RBIs.

Not only did he pace his Memphis teammates in most offensive categories but he ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders as well.

Craig ranked fourth in batting average and hits, third in home runs and total bases, fifth in OPS, seventh in slugging, and ninth in RBIs.

During the Triple-A National Championship game, Craig reached base three times including hitting a two-run opposite home run in a losing effort.

With such a productive season, Craig definitely positioned himself as the front runner for the organization's player of the year award.

Honorable Mention

Slated to be the big league club's opening day third baseman, things didn't go as planned for David Freese. But fortunately for the Redbirds, he returned to Memphis on the last day of July and proved vital to their post-season run. Upon his return, he hit .331/.407/.620 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 35 games for the Redbirds.

During the PCL playoffs, he had two long balls in six games. His home run in Game 1 of the championship series against Sacramento was the contest's only run.

In a season highlighted by his big league debut, Tyler Greene was outstanding at short for the Redbirds. The 26-year-old hit .291/.369/.482 with 15 home runs and 31 stolen bases in 34 attempts. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket led the team in steals, walks, and triples while he was second on the team in home runs and third in runs.

Jon Jay got off to a slow start but rebounded to finish with a line of .281/.338/.394 with 20 steals in 28 attempts. The former Miami Hurricane finished second on the team in total bases, runs, hits, doubles, and stolen bases. His hit total was the 10th best mark in the PCL.

Promoted to Memphis in late June, Mark Hamilton made the most of his opportunity with a slash line of .308/.375/.531 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 46 games. Though very good at the plate, the Tulane product was tremendous in the field. Hamilton did not commit an error during his time in the Memphis infield.

After falling off the prospect map, Jarrett Hoffpauir reestablished himself by hitting .291/.357/.486 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs. Always possessing good bat control, the 26-year-old walked more times, 35, than he struck out, 28. For his efforts, he was rewarded with his first trip to the big leagues where he appeared in eight games.

After a season in which he made his big league debut, Nick Stavinoha put up solid numbers once again for the Redbirds. The former LSU Tiger hit .282/.353/.490 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs for the Redbirds. His RBI total was the second best mark on the team even though he played 39 games in the big leagues and his season was cut short due to injury.

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