Lakeland Flying Tigers Player of the Year: OF Justin Justice
In his second tour through the Florida State League, toolsy outfielder Justin Justice really put his skills on display. After hitting just .258 in 2007, the 23-year old Justice posted a much improved .298 mark in 2008. He backed up that batting average with 18 doubles, five triples, and ten home runs in just 76 games for the Flying Tigers. During part of the summer months, Justice appeared in 50 games for the Double-A Erie Seawolves, and after struggling with the promotion, returned to Lakeland with a monster close to his season; posting a .319/.379/.522 line in the season's final month. Had Justice qualified for the batting title in the FSL, he would have tied for seventh in the circuit in average, ranked twelfth in on-base percentage, and fourth in slugging.
Lakeland Flying Tigers Pitcher of the Year: SP Guillermo Moscoso
Moscoso was another Lakeland player who spent time at Double-A this season, that after shoulder tendonitis limited him to just 52 innings for the LFT this season. To amass those 52 frames, Moscoso appeared in 15 games with six starts. By allowing just 36 hits and 13 walks, Guillermo managed to post an impressive 0.94 WHIP, a mark that could have ranked among the league's best had he logged more innings. His 2.42 ERA would have also bested the league's top pitchers had he qualified for the title. Moscoso whiffed 72 hitters in such limited innings, giving him an obscene 12.46 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Finally healthy during the summer, Moscoso showed what his raw talent could do, and earned himself a promotion to Erie where he continued to perform well.