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Monday Pebble Report: 2nd half awards edition

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I'm going to forego the recaps today to hand out my personal second half awards, so you can check out the links to the various team or local newspaper sites on the right, the only real stand-out performance by a prospect of note was Aneury Rodriguez' complete game 5-hitter for Tri-City. Since it was his last start of the season, the coaches let the leash loose a bit and An-Rod didn't disappoint.

As for the full season awards for the various teams and levels, we're going to do that as a community on the Row and I'll get those threads up later this afternoon. My categories for each level will be the same that I had for my first half awards in June:

-MVP
-Comeback Player
-Breakout Prospect
-Stick a Fork in...

The Comeback Player awards will be for a player who had a relatively disappointing first half but finished strong. The Breakout Prospect is for a player who jumped onto our PuRPs radar in the second half. Stick a fork in... is awarded to a player who seems to have hit a wall at a given level.

Colorado Springs:

MVP
Chris Iannetta. Josh Wilson and Carlos Rivera had a fantastic July but faded in August. Jeff Salazar and Jeff Baker each had great August's but miserable months in July. The one player consistently great through both months was Iannetta.

Comeback Player:
Kaz Matsui. Thank you for that trade, Dan O'Dowd. Now it's decision time for second base next season.

Breakout Prospect:
Justin Hampson. His peripheral's aren't bad, and considering almost all of his most serious trouble comes at un-humidored Sky Sox stadium makes him an intriguing option for consideration in next season's bullpen mix.

Sitck a Fork in...
Mike Esposito. Espo's got a great distance to go, yet.

Tulsa:

MVP
Seth Smith. Like the competition in the Springs, If Juan Morillo had a July to match his August, he would have had stronger consideration here as would Ian Stewart if he was solid in August, but as it is, Smith takes this award in a cakewalk.

Comeback Player
Jim Miller. Miller battled injury and a behemoth known as Manuel Corpas in the first half in a struggle for consistent playing time. In the second half he's brought his battle to opposing batters and he seems to be winning.

Breakout Prospect:
The prospect bin at Tulsa is pretty well combed over, although I have to say that I've been impressed with the smooth transition to AA made by Jeff Dragicevich.

Stick a Fork in...
Steven Register. Is it time to move him to the pen? The righty had a much more solid August compared to the rest of his season, but he'll bear monitoring next year.

Modesto:

MVP
Jonathan Herrera. He's got a .410 OBP after the break and a .878 OPS. That's not bad for a third baseman (as he's officially listed on the team site) but as a shortstop (as he's played for 460/477 AB's) it's awesome. He's a switch hitter that can play anywhere on the infield, so he's a definite asset.

MVP, part II
Franklin Morales. His first half wasn't too bad, but I'd feel bad if I didn't acknowledge how strong "El Tigre's"(see poll at left---->) second half has been. Particularly in August when he's turned up the juice.

Comeback Player
Ching-Lung "Dragon" Lo.

Breakout Prospect
Greg Reynolds. These three in the rotation make me very very happy.

Stick a Fork In...
Big caveat with who I'm awarding it to here as Dustin Hahn is coming back from injury and we'll just have to wait and see how the rehab plays out.

Asheville:

MVP
Phillip Cuadrado. Consider that his OPS at McCormick field is "only" .862 while his road OPS is .902. Or maybe see that in the month of August he had fourteen hits for extra bases in just sixty-three at bats. That's a 2/9 XBH/AB ratio, which is phenomenal (Seth Smith, the second highest in the system in August had a ratio of 1/6). What he does in higher levels is still up in the air, but we can't ignore Cuadrado any longer. EY Jr's second half was more impressive than his first to me (check out his rise in OBP and contact rates) but I already gave him this award then, so he's out of luck.

Comeback Player
Shane Lindsay. I'm cheating a little with a small sample size, but really, does somebody want to argue a better choice?

Breakout Prospect:
Cole Garner. Asheville's offense got really exciting to watch in the second half, and I no longer harbor doubts about the potential impact of the "third wave" of our system.

Stick a Fork In...
Michael Paulk. I have to give another caveat with this award in lower levels that it's usually by no means a death knell for these prospects, just a note that there's an apparent hitch in their development at that level. This will be particularly important to consider when you get down to my choice for Casper.

Tri-City:

MVP
Daniel Mayora.

Comeback Player
Since I picked Lindsay for the Asheville award, I'll go with Josh Sullivan here, coming back strong from an injury.

Breakout Prospect:
Besides Mayora, there are a number of candidates since most of the new draftees weren't only blips on the radar in June. I'm going to go with Jeff Kindel, but Keith Weiser will probably also get some PuRPs consideration.

Stick a Fork in...
James Freeman, unfortunately looks out of place with a 5.23 ERA in an extreme pitcher's environment.

Casper:

MVP
Brandon Hynick. At the other end of things, a 2.39 ERA in an extreme hitter's environment will always draw my attention.

Comeback Player:
Pedro Strop. Here's hoping his conversion to pitcher results in a continued ascent through the system.

Breakout Prospect:
Hector Gomez.

Stick a Fork in...
Just about everybody else. On the whole, this team seemed unready for the Pioneer League, and the 10-24 record shows the proof of that.