TigsTown Awards: Oneonta Tigers

The O-Tigers used plenty of offense and some dominating pitching to make the playoffs in 2007, but which players stood out the most on the diamond? Check inside to see which player slugged his way to the yearly award, and which pitcher locked down critical innings for Oneonta.

Oneonta Player of the Year: First Baseman Chris Carlson
Following a season with the GCL Tigers where Carlson won two TigsTown Player of the Month awards, as well as the TigsTown Player of the Year honor, not to mention being named a GCL All-Star and a member of the Topps Short Season A/Rookie All-Star Team, Carlson was back at it in full force in 2007. With Oneonta this season, Carlson ranked fourth in the circuit in slugging (.496), ninth in runs (44), second in doubles (21), second in home runs (10), second in RBI (51), third in total bases (128), and seventh in OPS (.873). All that combined to give Carlson his second highly successful pro season. With Ryan Strieby certain to advance to Lakeland in 2008, the first base job at West Michigan should be Chris' for the taking; but that's only if the organization doesn't decide to challenge him after dominating his second league in as many seasons.

Oneonta Pitcher of the Year: Relief Pitcher Noah Krol
Coming off a successful college campaign that saw Krol help lead his Wichita State team to the NCAA Tournament, he took over the closer's role for the O-Tigers; recording 17 saves to lead the New York-Penn League. Over 28 appearances (28-2/3 innings) Krol notched 39 strikeouts while only yielding 20 hits. His 1.08 WHIP ranked highly among league relievers, and his 24 games finished was tops among NYPL pitchers. Krol has been a closer since converting from the infield at Wichita State, and it appears his filthy slider will allow him to maintain his closing success as a professional. The Tigers are likely to handle Krol in similar fashion to last year's Oneonta closer and Oneonta Pitcher of the Year recipient, Brett Jensen. Expect Noah to be assigned to West Michigan to start the '08 campaign.

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