2011 TigsTown Awards: GCL Tigers

2011 TigsTown Awards: GCL Tigers

Continuing with the 2011 awards, we take a look at the stateside rookie ball club to see who shined on the back fields in Lakeland this summer.

GCL Tigers Player of the Year Award

1B Juaner Aguasvivas

AVG

OBP

SLG

2B

HR

RBI

SB

.315

.364

.567

9

10

37

3



With an outstanding name and an imposing figure, Aguasvivas runs the risk of having any on-field performance overshadowed by other factors. That wasn't the case in 2011 as the 6-4, 260 pound first baseman slugged from the start to the finish of the GCL season. His .567 slugging percentage ranked eighth in the GCL while his ten home runs slotted him third in the circuit. All told, Aguasvivas posted a .315/.364/.567 line with 22 extra-base hits in 48 games. His 101 total bases topped all other league hitters. "He's a big kid with some hitting ability," said an opposing GCL coach. "I don't like everything about him, but it's hard to argue with the results this year." At 21-years old, Agausvivas will look for a new challenge at a higher level in 2012, a challenge that could include some time in short-season Connecticut.


GCL Tigers Pitcher of the Year Award

RHP Brenny Paulino


W-L

ERA

SV

SO

BB

IP

AVG

4-3

2.36

0

45

18

45.2

.202



On few top prospect radars entering the year, Paulino proved to be one of the better prospects in the GCL this summer, peaking his fastball at 97 mph on numerous occasions and sitting in the mid-90s despite being just 18-years old and owning a rail thin 6-4, 170 pound frame. Not everything was smooth for Paulino in 2011 as he missed some time with arm soreness and had to move to the bullpen for a while to get his control sorted out. Overall, Paulino finished 12th in the league in strikeouts with 45 in 45 2/3 innings; finishing as one of just three 18-year olds in that top twelve. Once things came together for Paulino in the second half he was almost unhittable, and that enabled him to finish the year allowing only 6.7 hits per nine innings and a 2.5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. "It's impossible not to like that arm," said a veteran AL scout. "He can bring it with his fastball and I actually think the breaking ball will come along. I'm not sure he's a starter long term, but I think he's a big leaguer."

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