The GCL Tigers made a strong push toward .500 at the end of the summer, and Alexander Nunez and Giovanni Soto were huge parts of that push. Check inside for the details on their awards and what earned them the honor.
GCL Tigers Player of the Year: INF Alexander Nunez
.308/.353/.531, 7 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR
Making his stateside debut with the GCL Tigers in 2009, Nunez did everything anyone could have asked of him. In the first four games in June, Nunez was 3-for-8, and that was just the start. Throughout the month of July, Alexander was one of the Tigers top hitters, ripping at a .318/.362/.489 clip. Although the average dipped in August, Nunez's work ethic and drive allowed him to still be a strong contributor by poking two doubles, two triples, and three home runs, giving him 17 extra-base hits for the summer. "There was something about him, and I would have to say that his desire to play and desire to win were his most endearing intangibles," said Tigers Director of International Operations Tom Moore. Nunez's play has allowed him to emerge as a prospect worth noting heading into the 2010 season.
GCL Tigers Pitcher of the Year: LHP Giovanni Soto
4-0, 1.18 ERA, 37 K, 20 BB, .209 BAA
One of the Tigers more raw draft prospects from June, Soto was an indispensable part of the GCL pitching staff. TigerTown Pitching Coordinator and GCL Pitching Coach Greg Sabat says "He is a low maintenance, high performance guy. He has great feel for a young kid. He can throw six pitches for strikes, and he has a chance to have the whole package." That whole package was on display down the stretch in August, as he finished the season with 17 scoreless innings in a row. Aside from his August 12th outing where he allowed four earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings, Soto threw up scoreless outings with regularity (in eight of his final nine appearances). He finished the year with a 4-0 record and sparkling 1.18 ERA in 45 2/3 innings. The lanky left-hander allowed only 33 hits and struck out 37, without giving up a long ball all summer.