2011 TigsTown Awards: Erie SeaWolves

We wrap up each the full season clubs with the Double-A boys, the Erie SeaWolves. Who shined on the mound and at the plate for the club and took home the hardware?

Erie Seawolves Player of the Year: Justin Henry















In his fifth season as a member of the Tigers organization, Henry put together his most impressive campaign yet. The 26-year old Henry saw action in 113 games for Erie, hitting to the tune of a .309/.410/.404 line while playing every position on the diamond except pitcher and catcher. After hitting below .270 in each of the previous two seasons, Henry's batted balls found more holes in 2011 and it showed as he notched 124 hits in 119 games between Erie and Toledo. People both inside and outside the organization noticed a difference in his game this year. "He showed me he could handle any position on the diamond," said an NL scout. "He shouldn't be discounted as a guy with a big league future; maybe a Don Kelly type." His manager in Erie, Chris Cron, also made sure to give Henry his due, noting "I have to mention just how good [he] was this year," Cron mentioned in a post-season conversation. "He played all over the place for us. He has a great approach at the plate. He can hit and run. He does it all and he has outstanding makeup to boot."

Erie SeaWolves Pitcher of the Year: RHP Jacob Turner















Turner entered the season with incredibly high expectations. He was the #1 prospect in the Tigers organization by TigsTown's off-season rankings and was widely considered one of the Top 30 prospects in all of baseball. Debuting in Erie as a 19-year old, Turner posted a 3.48 ERA in 17 starts for the Seawolves before he was promoted to Detroit for a spot start. In 113 2/3 innings, Turner allowed only 102 hits and 32 walks, but also only struck out 90 hitters. In his lone July start with the Tigers, Turner allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings, finishing the day with six strikeouts. In between his spot start and his September call-up, Turner made three starts for Triple-A Toledo, posting a 3.12 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings of work. He appeared to tire down the stretch, getting touched up in his two outings with the Tigers in September. With such lofty expectations entering the 2011 season, most scouts believed Turner was as good as advertised. "I think he got built up a bit too much before the season," said an AL scout. "He didn't look like a guy that could be a dominating front of the rotation horse, but he did look like a really good young prospect. He needs to use his fastball more aggressively and he could really take off."

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