Biggest Surprise- Tike Redman (80 G, 296 AB, .304/.372/.416, 25/33 SB)
Tike Redman came out of the independent leagues and made it to the majors in the same year- a rare feat, indeed. Along the way, he put up an OPS of .788 in one of minor league baseball's most extreme pitcher-friendly environments.
Most Improved Pitcher- Craig Anderson (7-3, 96.2 IP, 2.98 ERA, 70 K, 40 BB, 6 HR)
Craig Anderson may not be a top prospect, but the Australian did put up an ERA of 2.98 and a WHIP of 1.04. The lefty fanned 5.31 hitters per game. This represents significant improvement over last year's AAA numbers- 5.59 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 4.63 K's per game.
Most Improved Position Player- Ryan Hubele (15 G, 49 AB, .327/.382/.469, 1/1 SB)
Ryan Hubele played nice defense behind the plate and showed some offensive spark as well. Although it is a depleted crop, at least until Matt Wieters plays; Hubele is near the top of the pile as far as Oriole catching prospects are concerned.
‘Most Improved' was a tough choice to make since most of the players were new to the system and Hubele played in only 15 games for the Tides. But of all the choices, he seemed to progress the most.
Best Tides Pitcher- Garrett Olson (9-7, 128.0 IP, 120 K, 39 BB, 13 HR)
Although Cory Doyne and Jim Hoey were more dominant, Garrett Olson gets the nod due to his workload. Olson ended the AAA season with a 1.05 WHIP. He is easily the safest bet amongst O's pitching prospects. Although his fastball is average, he can command it. The curve is his out pitch and his changeup has come along. He does have a slider, just ask Aaron Herr.
Olson told Inside The Warehouse ""[I use] my breaking ball, especially in a tight situation or with runners in scoring position. I like to stay hard with it and then move my fastball around."
Biggest Disappointment- Sebastian Boucher (23 G, 83 AB, .217/.302/.277, 3/5 SB)
He was hitting the ball hard everywhere earlier in the season and played an adequate defense in centerfield. Unfortunately, he ended poorly by batting just .217 with the Tides. His lone homer came right after he was traded to the Orioles.
Most Valuable Tides Player- Mike Cervenak (140 G, 554 AB, .283/.316/.424, 2/2 SB)
Cervenak led the team with 157 hits, 15 home runs, 78 RBIs, 140 games played and 235 total bases. He contributed in the field with his versatility- playing both third and first.
Morgan Clendenin: Hit a home run in his first AAA at bat. Shuffled around the system, but everytime I saw him, the Potomac State alum hit the ball on the nose.
Cory Doyne: Set the record for saves but, unfortunately, he couldn't translate his mid 90's heat to success at the major league level. He is quite the sight on the mound with his shaved head and tattoos.
J.R. House: House moved around a bit, playing first, third and catching. He earned his promotion to the majors by being the most dangerous man in the Tides lineup. He's not your tradition defense-first backup catcher, but he's a much better overall player that Paul Bako.
Jon Knott: He did what was expected of him- put up good offensive numbers and played acceptable defense for the Tides. He even had a modicum of success at the major league level.
Eli Whiteside: He doesn't see that many pitches when he bats, which limits his effectiveness. However, his defense is well thought of. The Orioles seem to think a little less of him each year, but his arm is one of the minor league's best.
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