TigsTown Awards: DSL Tigers

The Tigers have been slowly building a productive Dominican program, graduating players like Alfredo Figaro, Eleazar Aponte, Luis Marte, and Carlos Ramirez to the states in recent seasons. Who is next in line after some standout performances in 2007?

DSL Player of the Year: First Baseman Luis Grullon
After two really tough seasons in the DSL, Grullon woke up and began fulfilling expectations in 2007. Long thought to be a player with significant power potential and good overall offensive skills, he put them on display in an injury-shortened season. While he didn't log enough at-bats to qualify for the league leaders, had he been in such a position, Grullon would have ranked in the DSL top twenty in both average and on-base percentage, while ranking in the league's top ten in both slugging and OPS. Luis has put in tremendous effort to become a positive defender, and the work is paying off at first base. At 19-years old, don't be surprised if Grullon gets a shot at the GCL next summer.

DSL Pitcher of the Year: Starting Pitcher Edward Reynoso
Reynoso was solid for the DSL Tigers in 2006, but he exploded this season and dominated the league. His perfect 9-0 record tied him for second in the DSL in wins over 13 starts. In 70-2/3 innings, Edward only allowed 36 hits and failed to yield a single home run. His 0.76 ERA and 110 strikeouts both ranked first in the DSL, while his 0.83 WHIP was good for fifth in the circuit. Reynoso spent the summer pounding the strike zone with a solid three pitch mix, and should be in line for a trip stateside in 2008, in much the same fashion as Alfredo Figaro and Luis Marte before him.


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