Hitting Prospect Awards

Rather than merely hand out awards like the Hitter of the Year and the like, we hand out various prospect superlative awards including, but not limited to; the "Robinson Cano Award" to the hitter who finally started tapping his potential at the higher levels, the "Austin Romine Award" to the hitting prospect who is much better than the national media realizes, etc, etc.

The Robinson Cano Award goes to the prospect who showed lower level promise at one time and then struggled, but then finally started showing that offensive potential once again after getting to the higher minor league levels.

This year's award goes to Tampa outfielder Melky Mesa. Mesa entered the 2010 season with a career .215 average over six minor league seasons and wound up hitting .260 with 19 home runs en route to winning Florida Stage League Hitter of the Year honors this past season.

The Austin Romine Award is given to the hitting prospect whose full season statistics are seemingly weighed more than how he finished the year and thus rendering him underrated on the national prospect scene.

This year's award goes to Tampa third baseman Bradley Suttle. Suttle hit a solid .272 with 33 doubles and ten home runs in the pitching-friendly Florida State League, but masked behind the overall numbers was a blistering finish - .299 and nine home runs in his last 62 games. His strong finish suggests he's a lot better than his overall numbers indicates.

The Austin Jackson Award is given to the hitting prospect who had to repeat a level and finally figured it out in his second go-around.

This year's award goes to GCL Yankees outfielder Ramon Flores. His .196 average with the Gulf Coast League Yankees a year ago had some pundits running for the proverbial hills, forgetting that he was still just a young teenager in a new country and also playing his first professional season. Flores erased any doubts any might have had by hitting .329 with more walks than strikeouts this past season and hitting for power too.

The Eduardo Nunez Award is given to the lower-level hitting prospect whose overall talent belies the pedestrian numbers he has posted and whose game suggests he'll come out of nowhere to have better success down the road at some point.

This year's award goes to Charleston catcher Kyle Higashioka. 'Higgy' hit just .225 with only six home runs for the RiverDogs, but ask anyone who saw him on a daily basis and they'll all agree it was simply a case of bad luck a lot of the time. Routinely hitting the ball hard right at defenders, he hit .290 after the All Star break. Watch out for his breakout at some point.

The Damon Sublett Award is given to the college pick selected later in the draft [after the third round] and chipped in with a good offensive showing in their debut season in Staten Island.

This year's award goes to first baseman/designated hitter Kyle Roller. Roller's overall numbers hide a pretty good season. He hit .272 with five home runs but he faded down the stretch, hitting just .254 in the second-half, but his physique and first-half numbers suggest some hidden potential.

The Kevin Russo Award is given to the hitting prospect who, despite being selected later in the draft and not really showing great tools, puts up numbers and has a solid enough game to be considered a sleeper prospect.

The year's award goes to Kevin Mahoney. Drafted in the 23rd round last year, Mahoney hit a combined .286 with 16 doubles and eight home runs in part-time duty over four minor league levels this past season. Extrapolate those numbers over a full season and he could have had over 15 home runs, over 30 doubles, and nearly 70 walks. Those kinds of numbers bear watching, especially now that he's been playing some second base.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThe Robinson Cano Award goes to the prospect who showed lower level promise at one time and then struggled, but then finally started showing that offensive potential once again after getting to the higher minor league levels.
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\r\nThis year's award goes to Tampa outfielder Melky Mesa. Mesa entered the 2010 season with a career .215 average over six minor league seasons and wound up hitting .260 with 19 home runs en route to winning Florida Stage League Hitter of the Year honors this past season.
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\r\nThe Austin Romine Award is given to the hitting prospect whose full season statistics are seemingly weighed more than how he finished the year and thus rendering him underrated on the national prospect scene.
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\r\nThis year's award goes to Tampa third baseman Bradley Suttle. Suttle hit a solid .272 with 33 doubles and ten home runs in the pitching-friendly Florida State League, but masked behind the overall numbers was a blistering finish - .299 and nine home runs in his last 62 games. His strong finish suggests he's a lot better than his overall numbers indicates.
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\r\nThe Austin Jackson Award is given to the hitting prospect who had to repeat a level and finally figured it out in his second go-around.
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\r\nThis year's award goes to GCL Yankees outfielder Ramon Flores. His .196 average with the Gulf Coast League Yankees a year ago had some pundits running for the proverbial hills, forgetting that he was still just a young teenager in a new country and also playing his first professional season. Flores erased any doubts any might have had by hitting .329 with more walks than strikeouts this past season and hitting for power too.
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\r\nThe Eduardo Nunez Award is given to the lower-level hitting prospect whose overall talent belies the pedestrian numbers he has posted and whose game suggests he'll come out of nowhere to have better success down the road at some point.
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\r\nThis year's award goes to Charleston catcher Kyle Higashioka. 'Higgy' hit just .225 with only six home runs for the RiverDogs, but ask anyone who saw him on a daily basis and they'll all agree it was simply a case of bad luck a lot of the time. Routinely hitting the ball hard right at defenders, he hit .290 after the All Star break. Watch out for his breakout at some point.
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\r\nThe Damon Sublett Award is given to the college pick selected later in the draft [after the third round] and chipped in with a good offensive showing in their debut season in Staten Island.
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\r\nThis year's award goes to first baseman/designated hitter Kyle Roller. Roller's overall numbers hide a pretty good season. He hit .272 with five home runs but he faded down the stretch, hitting just .254 in the second-half, but his physique and first-half numbers suggest some hidden potential.
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\r\nThe Kevin Russo Award is given to the hitting prospect who, despite being selected later in the draft and not really showing great tools, puts up numbers and has a solid enough game to be considered a sleeper prospect.
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\r\nThe year's award goes to Kevin Mahoney. Drafted in the 23rd round last year, Mahoney hit a combined .286 with 16 doubles and eight home runs in part-time duty over four minor league levels this past season. Extrapolate those numbers over a full season and he could have had over 15 home runs, over 30 doubles, and nearly 70 walks. Those kinds of numbers bear watching, especially now that he's been playing some second base.
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