The 2010 season is now over, which means it's time to hand out the hardware! Who excelled as the Toledo Mud Hens top pitcher and position player? Find out inside!
Toledo Mud Hens Player of the Year: OF Jeff Frazier
.284/.388/.413, 21 2B, 8 3B, 3 HR, 41 RBI, 11 SB
It seems as though Frazier has been with the organization forever, but in reality, he's just two years into his current Tigers tenure; though in fairness, he spent three years with the club from 2004 to 2006, before being traded to the Mariners for Yorman Bazardo
. He came back from the Mariners in another trade, and after posting a solid line in 2009, he was outstanding in 2010. Frazier raked in 23 early season games with Erie, then continued to pound the ball while spending the rest of the summer in Toledo. Frazier finished the Triple-A season with a .308/.336/.456 line, that even earned him a brief stint in Detroit for his Major League debut. Frazier finished his Triple-A stint with 24 doubles and eleven home runs, while driving in 54 and striking out only 49 times in 123 games. Frazier's big league stint got rolling quickly as he went 2-for-4 with a double in just his second game, before cooling off and heading back to Toledo.
Toledo Mud Hens Pitcher of the Year: LHP Daniel Schlereth
1-3, 2.37 ERA, 49.1 IP, 60 K, 34 BB, .219 BAA
Acquired in the off-season as part of the Curtis Grandson and Edwin Jackson
three-team swap, Schlereth showed his first-round stuff while getting the bulk of the year to develop in Triple-A. Around two separate stints in Detroit, Schlereth worked 49 1/3 innings of relief for Toledo, while working on a pre-defined program to help get him ready to contribute in Detroit. Across his innings, Schlereth finished with a 2.39 ERA, and while he did walk 34 hitters, he also allowed only 40 hits and whiffed 60 batters; giving him a strikeout rate of nearly eleven per nine innings. Dan also did well with respect to keeping the ball in the yard, working the entire season without giving up a home run in the minor leagues. Armed with a plus fastball that can get into the mid-90s at times, Schlereth proved this year that he has the raw stuff to help in the Detroit bullpen, and with such a strong performance this year, his minor league days might be behind him.