Oneonta Tigers Player of the Year: UT Brent Wyatt
Coming out of Lewis & Clark State, Wyatt was touted as a grinder with decent offensive tools across the board, and a strong arm at any position on the field; with an ability to play the games toughest defensive positions with aplomb. Brent fulfilled all of those pieces, playing 30 games in left field, 18 at shortstop, and even one at second base. At the plate, Brent settled in to the pro game quickly, ranking ninth in the New York-Penn League in batting (.305). Playing in only 55 games, Wyatt collected 60 hits, a rate that would have placed him among the league leaders with more games played. The other key component in Wyatt's game was his ability to command the strike zone and work walks, notching 25 of them on the year, and ranking second in the league in on-base percentage (.403). Wyatt's ultimate position is still up in the air, but that versatility could lead to plenty of playing time in West Michigan in 2009.
Oneonta Tigers Pitcher of the Year: RHP Anthony Shawler
Shawler was another Tiger product to come out of Old Dominion (Justin Verlander's alma mater), and he pitched like he wanted to following in Verlander's footsteps. While that may be a little unreasonable, Shawler was still dominant this summer. Anthony finished with an ERA of 1.76 that would have ranked second in the league had he had enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. As it was, in 55 innings (mostly in relief), the ODU product allowed just 34 hits, walked 18, and struck out 54. He appeared in 22 games, tying for 15th in the NYPL in appearances, and notched a shiny 1.02 WHIP while not allowing a single ball to leave the yard in his professional debut. Shawler profiles well in the bullpen, particularly if he can maintain control of his fastball-slider combo that flashes as above-average on a regular basis.