2014 TigsTown Awards: Connecticut Tigers

The Connecticut Tigers made a playoff run in the New York-Penn League; which pitcher and hitter led them there?

Connecticut Tigers Player of the Year
OF Michael Gerber

Team AB AVG OBP SLG K / BB SB / CS
Connecticut 217 .286 .354 .493 48 / 17 8 / 4

Gerber had a monster debut with the CT-Tigers that led to all sorts of headlines and accolades for the 22-year old outfielder. In his first ten games with the team, he hit .488 with 15 extra base hits, or one extra base hit approximately every 2.5 at-bats. Gerber cooled down considerably after that, with his numbers falling to a more reasonable triple slash line of .286/.354/.493, but still led Connecticut in OPS, total bases, runs driven in, home runs, extra base hits, and basically every notable offensive metric. Gerber, as displayed in Connecticut, has plenty of raw power, which makes him an intriguing player to watch as he moves up the ladder in the organization.



Connecticut Tigers Pitcher of the Year
RHP Johan Belisario

Team W-L G / GS IP ERA K / BB AVG
Connecticut 5-0 19 / 0 34.0 0.79 34 / 8 .172

The Connecticut pitching staff had an interesting makeup, with some power relievers like Belisario and Joe Jimenez, along with effective but not dominating starters like Chase Edwards. Ultimately, Belisario gets the nod for posting a WHIP under one, an average against under .200, a miniscule sub-one ERA, and averaging a strikeout per inning. Belisario also walked just eight batters all season long, while working mostly as a multi-inning middle reliever. While on the smaller side, he already has a low-90’s fastball and could move quickly for the club.






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