Shaban, 23, was an injury addition to the mid-season team but has cemented his standing with outstanding work in relief for Palm Beach. His 1-5 record is misleading as the right-hander has 16 saves, fifth-best in the league, along with a 1.76 ERA. Shaban has fanned 39 and walked just 18 in 46 innings over 41 contests. The former Virginia Tech hurler has allowed just one home run this season.
Popkins, 23, has been a consistent offensive force in 2013. The switch-hitting outfielder is second in the league's batting race with a .320 average, sixth in on-base percentage at .375 and slugging at .478 and third in OPS at .852.
Popkins and Rodriguez were consecutive Topps FSL Players of the Month for June and July, respectively. Rodriguez was also the system-wide Player of the Month in July as named by both The Cardinal Nation and the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Dustin Lawley of the Port St. Lucie Mets was named the league's Player of the Year with Justin Nicolino of the Jupiter Hammerheads the Pitcher of the Year. Former MLB player Doug Mientkiewicz of the Fort Myers Miracle was selected as the Manager of the Year.
The FSL all-star squad was selected by field managers, official scorers, and sports writers representing the league's 12 teams.
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