The 2010 season is now over, which means it's time to hand out the hardware! Who excelled as the DSL Tigers top pitcher and position player? Find out inside!
DSL Tigers Player of the Year: OF Sandy Acevedo
.236/.338/.374, 5 2B, 6 3B, 0 HR, 16 RBI, 6 SB
At just 17-years old for the entire season, Acevedo was one of the youngest players on an admittedly young DSL Tigers squad, but that didn't stop him from holding his own throughout the summer. Hitting from the left side, Sandy posted what looks to be a disappointing .236 average, but in reality, that's one point above the league average in 2010. Both his on-base (.338) and slugging (.374) were above the league average as well. Acevedo managed to control the strike zone with 15 walks and just 32 strikeouts in 48 games, while knocking five doubles and six triples, and driving in 16 teammates. Acevedo also showed solid defensive skills with average speed and good instincts, and he flashed what projects to be a plus arm with four assists from the outfield. The numbers may not look pretty by traditional standards, but for a young player that won't turn 18 until Christmas, this was a fine debut.
DSL Tigers Pitcher of the Year: LHP Darlyn Duran
3-5, 2.88 ERA, 68.2 IP, 87 K, 17 BB, .219 BAA
Duran's name is one that avid Tigers followers may have seen before. He has turned in sparkling seasons in the DSL on three occasions, and though he was roughed up in his lone stateside showing in 2008, he showed some promise with a strong left arm. In 2010, the 21-year old Duran posted a 2.88 ERA while serving as a workhorse for the DSL club. In 24 appearances (two starts), Duran amassed 68 2/3 innings, allowing just 54 hits and 17 walks, while striking out an eye-popping 87 opposing hitters. His 87 strikeouts was good enough for second in the DSL, and he finished a the only pitcher who hurled primarily in relief, to even approach the top of the strikeout leader board. Duran still shows upper-80s velocity that can top out at 91 at times, but he utilizes good command of his breaking ball to feast on DSL hitters.