2014 TigsTown Awards: Toledo Mud Hens

With the minor league season over, it's time to start handing out the 2014 minor league awards for the best player and pitcher on each club in the Tigers organization. First up, the Toledo Mud Hens, who featured a steadying presence on the mound, and behind the plate.

Toledo Mud Player of the Year
C James McCann

Toledo 417 .295 .343 .427 90 / 25 9 / 2

McCann spent the 2014 campaign serving as the club’s primary backstop and performed well at the plate and behind it for the club. McCann’s numbers for the season were solid, hitting nearly .300 with a .770 OPS, which placed him among the top 25 in the International League. McCann especially picked it up in the second half of the season, with his power jumping up dramatically, with a second half isolated slugging rate of nearly .187 and an extra base hit roughly once every eight at-bats. McCann also flashed his defensive prowess, cutting down 42% of baserunners that tried to steal on him. That strong defense, plus an OPS of .879 against left-handers, could make him a serious candidate to share time with Alex Avila in Detroit in 2015.

Toledo Mud Hens Pitcher of the Year
LHP Kyle Lobstein

Toledo 9-11 26 / 25 146.0 4.07 127 / 42 .299

With a lot of changeover due to the needs in Detroit, no pitcher had a dominating season in Toledo, but Lobstein earns the honors for accumulating nearly 150 innings of work while pitching solid all the way through. Lobstein also led the team in strikeouts with nearly 8 K’s per nine innings, while allowing just 2.5 walks per nine. Lobstein was quite hittable with an average against of nearly .300, but also had a BAbip against of .360, more than 30 points higher than his career average. Lobstein’s solid showing this year earned him a shot in the big league rotation with the injury to Anibal Sanchez, that he’s taken full advantage of.

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