Oneonta Tigers Player of the Year: Infielder Scott Sizemore
After a standout career at Virginia Commonwealth, the Tigers selected Scott in the 5th round of this year's draft. He rewarded their belief in him, with an extremely impressive debut campaign. Sizemore burst on the scene with his line-drive stroke and gamer mentality, to post a .327/.393/.435 line. In addition to that outstanding line, Sizemore finished in the top ten in the New York-Penn League in eight categories, including ranking 1st in runs and hits. Scott did all this while transitioning from his natural position – second base – to shortstop. During his first full month of professional baseball (July), the former VCU Ram was named TigsTown Player of the Month, as well as MiLB.com Player of the Week from July 10th to July 16th. Sizemore has all the skills to become an offensive force at the top of a lineup, and he should be able to withstand the defensive challenges of shortstop over the long haul. Look for him to make his way to West Michigan next season.
Oneonta Tigers Pitcher of the Year: Closer Brett Jensen
Jensen capped a standout collegiate career at the University of Nebraska by being selected in the 14th round of the amateur draft in June. The lanky right-hander was often known more for his funky delivery than his results, but his final numbers at Oneonta this summer, are worthy of high praise. Jensen finished the summer tied for second in the New York-Penn League in saves, with 17. Not only did he lock down 17 of Oneonta's victories, but he also posted a 1-0 record in 25 appearances, and logged a 0.67 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and nearly 10.5 K/9. Jensen was dominant from the first pitch he threw as a professional, and the Tigers are giving indications that they may move him through the system very rapidly. He is likely to start the 2007 season in West Michigan, but a prompt promotion to the more advanced Florida State League may be in order before summer begins.