2011 Greater Akron AA League Awards
The Greater Akron AA Baseball League has announced it's award winners for the 2011 season.
Frank Garcia MVP Award - Phil Smith, Portage South Black Squirrels
Dave Young Pitcher of the Year - Walt Samson, Portage South Black Squirrels
Don Lombardi Rookie of the Year - T.J. Deininger, Players i Bulls
Dave Layton Tournament MVP Award - Mike Darrah, Portage South Black Squirrels
All-Star Game MVP - Phil Smith, Portage South Black Squirrels
Smith hit .489 for the year, which also earned him the league batting title, with 5 doubles, 3 triples and a homerun. He led the league in Slugging percentage (.800) and triples. His 22 hits were good enough for third in the league and was 4th with 18 RBI. Smith won the award by 1 point over teammate, Jimmy Jamieson.
Samson was 5-1 in 6 starts this season with a 1.58 ERA. He led the league in wins and strikeouts with 41. He walked only 5 batters in 40 innings of work. This was Samson second Dave Young Award, he also won in 2005 while playing with the Akron Storm.
Deininger finished his first season in the AA League with a .412 average, good enough for 4th in the league. He also had 21 hits, 4 doubles, 2 triples and 19 RBI.
Darrah went 7-14 in the tournament with a 2B, 3B, HR and 3 RBI. He also picked up a win over the Lasiks in the first game of the championship.
Smith, who had a part in all 3 of the AA All Stars runs, had a triple, a run scored and a RBI.