2013 TigsTown Awards: Erie SeaWolves

With the 2013 minor league season over, it's time to start handing out the hardware. Which player and pitcher in Erie stepped up to earn the annual awards?

Erie Seawolves Player of the Year
OF Daniel Fields

Erie 457 .284 .356 .435 130 / 45 24 / 7

Fields has been a mainstay on the Tigers' prospect radar since he was given a seven-figure bonus as a sixth round pick in 2009. A local Detroit product, Fields spent two and a half seasons in High-A Lakeland before finally putting things together at Double-A in 2013. In 118 games for Erie, Fields posted a cumulative line of .284/.356/.435 while regaining his promising defensive form in center field. Fields set career marks in hits (130), doubles (27), home runs (10), RBI (58) and steals (24). Still just 22-years old, Fields' impressive campaign through the Eastern League has put him in a position to potentially see the big leagues in 2014 and cemented his status as a potential second division outfielder.

Erie SeaWolves Pitcher of the Year
RHP Drew VerHagen

Erie 2-5 12 / 12 60.0 3.00 40 / 17 .240

The Tigers fourth round pick in 2012, VerHagen joined the organization after a successful career at Vanderbilt. He pitched well across 31 innings in 2012 and then dominated for stretches of the 2013 season. With High-A Lakeland early in the year, VerHagen posted a 2.81 ERA across 67-1/3 innings, allowing just 49 hits and 27 walks while striking out 35 batters. The 6-foot-6, 230 pound VerHagen actually improved some of his peripherals upon his promotion to Double-A, bumping his strikeout rate to six per nine innings and still allowing less than a hit per inning across 60 frames. He finished the season at Erie with a 3.00 ERA in 12 starts. All told, VerHagen's successful first full season, posting a cumulative 2.90 ERA in 23 starts (24 appearances), has put him in the mix as a potential call-up should a starter be needed in 2014.

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