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2015 TigsTown Awards: GCL Tigers

On a roster full of recent newcomers to the States, a pair of youngsters from Venezuela stepped up to earn Pitcher and Player of the Year honors for the rookie club in Lakeland.

GCL Tigers Player of the Year: OF Jose Azocar

2015 Stats - Hitting
TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG
GCL Tigers 194 29 63 10 5 0 29 7 31 6 4 .325 .350 .428

After a brief stay in the New York-Penn League to open the season – mostly to allow the Tigers new draft picks time to sign their contracts and report to the club – Azocar returned to the Gulf Coast League and terrorized opposing pitchers with his multi-tooled game. Azocar contributed in all phases of the game for the GCL Tigers, including a robust .325 batting average that was good enough for 14th among all league qualifiers (5th among players with 40+ games played). As part of his .325 average, Azocar piled up extra-base hits including ten doubles and five triples; putting his solid speed to use as he drove the ball to the outfield on a line. In addition to his prowess in the batter’s box, Azocar managed to swipe six bases and play high-quality defense in center field. Azocar’s stock continues to rise within the Tigers system, thanks in large part to a second straight season of excellent performance on the field 

 

 

GCL Tigers Pitcher of the Year: LHP Eudis Idrogo

 

2015 Stats - Pitching
TEAM G GS SV IP H HR R ER BB SO HBP ERA WHIP W/L
GCL Tigers 8 8 0 44.1 28 2 12 10 11 49 2 2.03 0.88 5-2

Much like Azocar, Idrogo started the year with the Connecticut Tigers before being moved back to the Gulf Coast League in late June to accommodate the Tigers new draft picks. During his brief stint with the CT-Tigers, Idrogo pitched admirably in his first start, holding the opposition to no runs on two hits in five innings (one walk, six strikeouts), before being roughed up in his second start. Once back in the GCL, Idrogo dazzled with a 2.03 ERA across eight starts (44-1/3 innings). The 20-year old southpaw yielded just 28 hits and 11 walks in his 44-1/3 innings, all while striking out 49 hitters. Idrogo’s WHIP finished the seasons at a microscopic 0.88, and he sported a record of 5-2; cementing himself as one of the GCL’s best performers in 2015. Idrogo’s next challenge will likely be full-season ball in 2016, and with the results he displayed last year, he appears poised for another strong campaign that could serve as his official breakout.


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