2012 TigsTown Awards: Erie SeaWolves

With the season wrapped up, it's time once again to start handing out the hardware. There was a revolving door of candidates in Erie that deserved consideration - who came out with the pitcher and player of the year awards?

Erie Seawolves Player of the Year
1B Jordan Lennerton

Erie 495 .269 .368 .469 141 / 79 2 / 6

Scouts may struggle to see a big-league role for Lennerton but don't tell that to the Eastern League pitchers he terrorized throughout 2012. Drafted three times, most recently in the 33rd round of the 2008 draft by the Tigers, Lennerton got his first taste of Double-A pitching his yeah and he frequently liked what he saw. In 139 games this year, Lennerton slugged 34 doubles and 21 home runs, leading to a cumulative .269/.368/.469 line for the 26-year old. Lennerton's total for doubles, home runs, RBI (82) and walks (79) all ranked in the top five in the Eastern League this season, making him one of the circuits most consistent and dangerous hitters. On top of all that offensive prowess, Lennerton made only two errors at first base, demonstrating why TigsTown has dubbed him one of the system's best defensive infielders in recent years.

Erie SeaWolves Pitcher of the Year
RHP Jared Gayhart

Erie 1-6 35 / 9 92.1 4.58 99 / 34 .256

On the whole, the Erie pitching staff struggled in 2012, but Jared Gayhart did his part to help calm the waters and provide a consistently solid arm in a variety of roles. Appearing in 35 games, 26 of them in relief, Gayhart finished the year with a modest 4.58 ERA and 1-6 record, numbers that don't really tell the whole store. Gayhart consistently worked multiple innings out of the bullpen and held up well when asked to spot start. He totaled 92 1/3 innings on the season and allowed just 91 hits while striking out 99 batters. He was bitten by the home run with some regularity, giving up eleven bombs, but his overall numbers were solid and he drew increased attention from scouts as a potential up-and-down middle reliever.

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