Rock the Vote!
I’ve recently been selected as one of six finalists for the Class A Full Season ” Reliever of the Year” award on milb.com.
It’s an enormous honor to even be nominated, because the guys that are listed all have fantastic numbers and are all great prospects for their respective organizations. I know my team, the Lakewood Blueclaws had numerous outstanding relievers, so to be up for the vote is a great feeling.
Rays prospect Scott Shuman needed only 71 2/3 innings to pile up 111 strikeouts in the Midwest League. The Bowling Green righty also limited hitters to a .195 average and saved 14 games. Meanwhile, Steven Ames joined Great Lakes for his first stint above Rookie-level ball. Ames saved 16 games, posted a 2.54 ERA over 23 games and struck out 44 while walking just three. Cedar Rapids’ John Hellweg and Fort Wayne’s Miles Mikolas were also go-to guys in the Midwest League. Hellweg ended up with an anomalous 4.33 ERA, but he saved 16 games and limited opposing hitters to a .133 batting average. Mikolas was 6-3 with 13 saves and a 2.20 ERA. Jose Casilla posted a 1.16 ERA while picking up 14 saves for Augusta in the South Atlantic League. He was 4-1 over 46 appearances. Josh Zeid had 111 strikeouts over 107 1/3 innings of relief for Lakewood, and he struck out six over four crucial near-perfect innings in the BlueClaws’ Sally League title clincher.
On that page is a link to Vote.
Vote for your favorite relievers at every level until October 25. Good Luck to all the finalists.
Whatever happens, it’s just a great honor to be nominated.