TigsTown Awards: Erie Prospects of the Year

Getting closer and closer to the coveted award of TigsTown's Organizational Prospects of the Year, we first name the winners for the award at AA Erie. Who stood out to snag the award? Find out inside.

1B Juan Tejeda

After the first two months in which Juan Tejeda battled nagging injuries but tried to play through them, one would think he would have virtually eliminated himself from contention for the prospect of the year nomination. But that would discount the offensive onslaught Tejeda would bring in the summer months, where Tejada destroyed Eastern League pitching for the second year in a row. Not only did Tejeda turn it up enough to get all the way up to lead the team in batting average, but also led the team in RBI and was second in home runs and doubles. Tejeda's next target will be to do the exact same things that he did in Erie for the Mud Hens in '06.

AVG: .291
HR: 14
RBI: 82
SLG: .447
OPS: .801

SP Joel Zumaya

As if it could actually be anyone else, Joel Zumaya was head and shoulders above the rest of the pitching staff in Erie, simply dominating the opposition. The key to Zumaya's success was easily the improved control he gained over the course of the season. When he was walking more than five batters every nine innings in April and May, his ERA was above 4.00. But as the summer moved on, his control improved, and his ERA turned a miniscule 0.96 ERA with a 5-0 record in 7 starts. Zumaya continued his success in Toledo, and is now at the point of knocking on the rotation door of the Detroit Tigers.

ERA: 2.77
IP: 107.1
K/BB: 143:52
WHIP: 1.15

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