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2015 TigsTown Awards: Connecticut Tigers

The Connecticut Tigers got a number of excellent contributions from recent draft picks. One from each of the last two draft classes respectively stepped up to earn the pitcher and player of the year nods.

Connecticut Tigers Player of the Year: C Will Allen

2015 Stats - Hitting
TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG
Connecticut 204 28 66 13 0 2 31 20 43 0 1 .324 .387 .417

After not seeing the field as a 13th round pick in 2014 due to a shoulder injury, Allen announced his presence with authority during his 2015 professional debut.  Splitting his time between first base and catcher, Allen hit the cover off the ball in 57 games for the Tigers. Allen’s 13 doubles led the offense and he even chipped in two home runs to add to his extra-base hit total; giving him a .417 slugging percentage in the notoriously pitcher friendly NYPL. Allen made consistent hard contact throughout the season, compiling a .324 batting average with just 43 strikeouts, while also walking 20 times to boost his on-base percentage up toward the .390 mark. Allen needs to make his way back behind the plate consistently in 2016 to maximize his the value his offensive ability could provide.

 

 

Connecticut Tigers Pitcher of the Year: RHP Drew Smith

 

2015 Stats - Pitching
TEAM G GS SV IP H HR R ER BB SO HBP ERA WHIP W/L
West Michigan 11 0 2 27.2 15 0 1 1 4 33 1 0.33 0.69 2-0

Smith may have only appeared in relief on 11 occasions with the Tigers this summer, but what he accomplished over that span was completely dominating. Averaging nearly three innings per outing, Smith yielded just 15 hits in 27-2/3 innings of work. That, combined with just four walks allowed, resulted in a total of one run being scored against the high-powered right-hander during his professional debut. On top of all that, Smith fanned 33 hitters, finished with a 2-0 record and two saves, along with a 0.33 ERA before being shut down late in the season with elbow soreness. Smith even appeared in one game at Low-A West Michigan this year, giving up an unearned run and striking out two in 1-2/3 innings of work.


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