The 2010 season is now over, which means it's time to hand out the hardware! Who excelled as the Erie SeaWolves top pitcher and position player? Find out inside!
Erie SeaWolves Player of the Year: OF Andy Dirks
.278/.342/.425, 20 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 19 SB
Since joining the Tigers as an eighth round pick in 2008, Dirks has done nothing but perform at every stop along the minor league ladder. A well-rounded player, Dirks' broad and solid skill set has long given scouts the vision of him as a traditional fourth outfielder, capable of helping the team in many ways. The 24-year old Dirks did his best to try and up that projection this year, with a strong season at Double-A Erie, and a blistering 22-game stretch at Triple-A Toledo. In 98 games for the Seawolves this summer, Dirks posted a .767 OPS with twenty doubles, two triples, and eleven home runs, while driving in 46 runners, and even stealing 19 bases in 23 attempts. Dirks solid showing earned him a late season promotion to Toledo where he went nuts to the tune of a .375/.398/.648 line in front of the fans he is likely to entertain in 2011.
Erie SeaWolves Pitcher of the Year: LHP Andrew Oliver
6-4, 3.61 ERA, 77.1 IP, 70 K, 25 BB, .253 BAA
Oliver was the Tigers second round choice in the 2009 draft, and he received an over-slot bonus just shy of $1.5 million. The big left-hander was aggressively pushed to the Arizona Fall League for his unofficial pro debut in 2009, and then received another aggressive assignment to Double-A to officially start his pro career in 2010. Oliver started 14 games for the Seawolves in 2010, posting a 3.61 ERA in 77 1/3 innings, allowing 74 hits and 25 walks, while striking out 70 hitters. His performance with Erie earned him a brief cameo in Detroit, before he returned to the minor leagues and posted a 3.23 ERA in nine starts for Toledo to round out the season. His strong professional debut has likely put him in line to compete for a rotation spot in Detroit during spring training next year.