2014 TigsTown Awards: Erie SeaWolves

The 2014 edition of the Erie SeaWolves featured plenty of talent in the field, but didn't have the same star-studded pitching staff that West Michigan or Toledo featured. Which players stepped up to earn player and pitcher of the year honors?

Erie SeaWolves Player of the Year
2B Devon Travis

Erie 396 .298 .348 .460 60 / 37 16 / 5

After flying through both levels of A-ball in 2013, some thought Double-A might present a stiffer challenge for the second baseman, but the only thing that slowed down Travis was injuries. He pulled his hamstring at the beginning of the season, missing a month of action, and then suffered a core muscle injury late in the year that ended his 2014 prematurely, as he was slated to head to the Arizona Fall League. When he was healthy he did plenty of hitting, with a near .300 average along with 37 extra base hits while striking out just 60 times. Travis also showed off his versatility on the base paths, swiping 16 bases as he continued to flash solid and deceptive athleticism. The Tigers appear to like Travis and his future so much that they started having him work out in center field just prior to his injury, potentially signaling a position switch that could expedite his path to the big leagues. After answering questions about his bat, the question now becomes how he’ll rebound from his core muscle surgery, and if he can handle the shift to the outfield.

Erie SeaWolves Pitcher of the Year
RHP Angel Nesbitt

Erie 1-0 24 / 0 32.1 2.23 36 / 15 .177

Nesbitt was only with the SeaWolves for about half a season, and only tossed 34 1/3 innings while with the club. However, he made the most of his time, emerging as Erie’s closer toward the end of the season, including recording six saves. Prior to joining Erie, Nesbitt had plenty of success in High-A Lakeland with a miniscule 0.79 ERA, and while his 2.23 ERA didn’t quite match that in Erie, he was still one of the most impressive members of the ‘Wolves staff. In addition to the low ERA, he averaged more than a strikeout per inning and continued to see improvement in his off-speed pitches to complement his mid-90’s fastball. Nesbitt could be a weapon in Detroit sometime in 2015.

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