2014 TigsTown Awards: DSL Tigers

The DSL Tigers, much like their sister clubs at Erie and West Michigan, had a star hitter at the plate, that could end up in center field, or at shortstop, much like Eugenio Suarez. On the mound, a little-known 17-year old shined to claim the award.

DSL Tigers Player of the Year
IF Manuel Joseph

DSL Tigers 211 .379 .456 .592 23 / 27 16 / 9

Joseph had a couple of solid years in the Dominican Summer League for the DSL Tigers, but the third year was clearly the charm for the 20-year old, as he put together a monster season. After moving to the outfield in 2013, Joseph returned to the infield, getting work across the diamond but being positioned primarily at shortstop. He posted a 1.049 OPS, not just the best on the team, but tops in the entire DSL by more than 50 points. While Joseph profiled more as a leadoff hitter type with some gap power and plenty of speed, Joseph belted seven home runs this season, which was good for 3rd in the league as he amassed 24 extra base hits in total. He also showed excellent plate discipline, walking more than he struck out, showing good evolvement of his baseball skills, in addition to his raw athleticism that made him a member of the TigsTown Top 50 in 2014. Joseph will likely be challenged with a Stateside assignment in 2015 as he has little else to prove in the Dominican.

DSL Tigers Pitcher of the Year
LHP Felix Viloria

DSL Tigers 1-0 14 / 6 47.1 2.28 50 / 17 .194

Viloria made his pro debut this season with the DSL Tigers at just 17 years of age, and shined in his first season. Viloria started the year coming out of the bullpen, but made his final five appearances of the year in the starting rotation, where he was even more effective than he had been in relief, with a 2.01 ERA and a .185 average against as a starting pitcher. Overall, Viloria’s limited workload given his age prevented him from qualifying for the league honors, but he had the best ERA on the team for anyone that tossed at least 20 innings for the season and his 50 strikeouts were good for second on the team. Given his age (doesn’t turn 18 until December) and still developing frame (6-1, 165), Viloria could well spend another year in the Dominican, where the DSL Tigers would gladly have his services back for another go-round after such an impressive first year.

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