TigsTown Awards: West Michigan Whitecaps

For the second straight year, the West Michigan Whitecaps finished the season as Midwest League Champions; and for the second straight year, there were plenty of choices for the Player and Pitcher of the Year awards. In the end, two players stood out most. Check inside to see how takes home the hardware.

West Michigan Player of the Year: Outfielder Deik Scram
There was little doubt Scram had the potential to be a game-breaking outfielder, but nobody thought it would happen quite this soon. While spending the first three and a half months of the season at West Michigan, Scram pounded the ball around Midwest League parks, to the tune of a .327/.415/.447 line. Had he remained in the Midwest League long enough to qualify for the batting title, his .327 mark would have ranked tops in the circuit, as would his .415 OBP. In addition, his .862 OPS would have notched second in the League, right behind one of the game's top offensive prospects, Travis Snider. Scram's performance was so impressive, the Tigers promoted him to Lakeland following the rise of Cameron Maybin to Erie. While at Lakeland, the former Oklahoma State Cowboy posted a .283/.355/.454 in 41 games.

West Michigan Pitcher of the Year: Relief Pitcher Brett Jensen
For the second consecutive year, TigsTown names the top West Michigan pitcher as a reliever; this time closer Brett Jensen. Just 12 months removed from ranking second in the New York-Penn League in saves (17), while taking home TigsTown's Oneonta Pitcher of the Year Award, Jensen is honored with another piece of hardware. His 23 saves were good for third in the Midwest League, and his 50 games finished topped all league relievers. Through 60-1/3 innings, Jensen allowed only 52 hits while striking out 66, and only walking an incredible eight hitters all season. Despite appearing in the second most games in the league (56), Jensen posted a miniscule 1.79 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. Through two professional seasons, Jensen has dominated to the tune of a 6-1 record, 40 saves, 1.45 ERA, and 0.94 WHIP.

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