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Award Ballot: Candidate Comparisons

Award selection process: One voting representative from each team, plus one from the league administration (13 total voters).


ALL-STAR STARTERS (league administration selects addition bench players to make 6 total on team)


National Conference Pitcher

Top candidates...

Chase Johnson: 8 games, 6-1 (7 starts), 36.33 IP, 12.11 ERA, 99-147 K-BB, 4.90 WHIP, .221 Opp. Avg. + 1 Shutout

Evan Bates: 5 games, 4-1 (5 starts), 24 IP, 6.46 ERA, 70-74 K-BB, 3.79 WHIP, .191 Opp. Avg.

Jared Shagool: 7 games, 4-3 record (7 starts), 32.67 IP, 9.03 ERA, 75-76 K-BB, 3.64 WHIP, .307 Opp. Avg.


National Conference Fielder

Top candidates...

Aaron Adams: 6 games, 4 Fielding Outs, 6 Stops, 0 Errors, 91% Fielding Pct.

Jared Shagool: 8 games, 10 Fielding Outs, 7 Stops,, 1 Error, 78% Fielding Pct.,, 2 CS, 1 Assist

Sean McFarland: 7 games, 7 Fielding Outs, 13 Stops, 1 Error, 87% Fielding Pct.

Ty Johnson: 8 games, 15 Fielding Outs, 22 Stops, 2 Errors, 84% Fielding Pct., 2 CS, 1 Assist


National Conference Batters (Select 2 Players)

Top candidates...

Brock Johnson: 6 games, .407 Avg. (24 hits), 9 HR, 54 RBI, .676 OBP, 1.153 SLG

Chase Johnson: 8 games, .464 Avg. (32 hits), 6 HR, 77 RBI, .738 OBP, 1.159 SLG

Evan Bates: 5 games, .536 Avg. (30 hits), 15 HR, 51 RBI, .690 OBP, 1.589 SLG

Sean McFarland: 7 games, .293 Avg. (17 hits), 7 HR, 53 RBI, .664 OBP, .828 SLG

Zachary Warren: 8 games, .371 Avg. (23 hits), 2 HR, 73 RBI, .717 OBP, .839 SLG


American Conference Pitcher

Top candidates...

Erik Titus: 6 games, 4-1 (6 starts), 23 IP, 9.35 ERA, 67-80 K-BB, 4.04 WHIP, .159 Opp. Avg. + 2 Shutous, 1 No-Hitter Shutout

Matthew Morton: 8 games, 6-2 (7 starts), 37.67 IP, 6.24 ERA, 105-111 K-BB, 3.37 ERA, .126 Opp. Avg.

Tegan Connors: 6 games, 4-2 (6 starts), 30.33 IP, 12.20 ERA, 89-136 K-BB, 4.75 WHIP, .082 Opp. Avg. + 1 No-Hitter Shutout


American Conference Fielder

Top candidates...

Alan Luff: 8 games, 3 Fielding Outs, 12 Stops, 2 Errors, 84% Fielding Pct., 1 CS, 1 Assist

Cameron Morton: 8 games, 2 Fielding Outs, 9 Stops, 1 Error, 80% Fielding Pct., 1 CS, 1 Assist

Carter Lloyd: 4 games, 6 Fielding Outs, 16 Stops, 2 Errors, 76% Fielding Pct.

Colby Mazza: 7 games, 11 Fielding Outs, 27 Stops, 2 Errors, 88% Fielding Pct., 1 SB

Nickolas Proudfit: 6 games, 1 Fielding Out, 24 Stops, 3 Errors, 87% Fielding Pct., 1 CS, 1 Assist


American Conference Batters (Select 2 Players)

Top candidates...

Cameron Morton: 8 games, .450 Avg. (45 hits), 10 HR, 85 RBI, .673 OBP, .990 SLG

Colby Mazza: 8 games, .469 Avg. (30 hits), 9 HR, 84 RBI, .772 OBP, 1.234 SLG

Colton Titus: 5 games, .462 (12 hits), 3 HR, 34 RBI, .741 OBP, 1.038 SLG

Connor Vermilyea: 6 games, .365 Avg. (19 hits), 4 HR, .663 OBP, .885 SLG

Josh Burckhardt: 6 games, .379 Avg. (22 hits), 4 HR, 51 RBI, .719 OBP, .828 SLG

Matthew Morton: 8 games, .421 Avg. (24 hits), 3 HR, 45 RBI, .725 OBP, .912 SLG

Tegan Connors: 6 games, .346 Avg. (18 hits), 4 HR, 45 RBI, .682 OBP, .808 SLG


CROWNS


Pitching Crown

Top candidates...

Chase Johnson: 8 games, 6-1 (7 starts), 36.33 IP, 12.11 ERA, 99-147 K-BB, 4.90 WHIP, .221 Opp. Avg. + 1 Shutout

Erik Titus: 6 games, 4-1 (6 starts), 23 IP, 9.35 ERA, 67-80 K-BB, 4.04 WHIP, .159 Opp. Avg. + 2 Shutous, 1 No-Hitter Shutout

Evan Bates: 5 games, 4-1 (5 starts), 24 IP, 6.46 ERA, 70-74 K-BB, 3.79 WHIP, .191 Opp. Avg.

Jared Shagool: 7 games, 4-3 record (7 starts), 32.67 IP, 9.03 ERA, 75-76 K-BB, 3.64 WHIP, .307 Opp. Avg.

Matthew Morton: 8 games, 6-2 (7 starts), 37.67 IP, 6.24 ERA, 105-111 K-BB, 3.37 ERA, .126 Opp. Avg.

Tegan Connors: 6 games, 4-2 (6 starts), 30.33 IP, 12.20 ERA, 89-136 K-BB, 4.75 WHIP, .082 Opp. Avg. + 1 No-Hitter Shutout


Fielding Crown

Top candidates...

Aaron Adams: 6 games, 4 Fielding Outs, 6 Stops, 0 Errors, 91% Fielding Pct.

Alan Luff: 8 games, 3 Fielding Outs, 12 Stops, 2 Errors, 84% Fielding Pct., 1 CS, 1 Assist

Cameron Morton: 8 games, 2 Fielding Outs, 9 Stops, 1 Error, 80% Fielding Pct., 1 CS, 1 Assist

Carter Lloyd: 4 games, 6 Fielding Outs, 16 Stops, 2 Errors, 76% Fielding Pct.

Colby Mazza: 7 games, 11 Fielding Outs, 27 Stops, 2 Errors, 88% Fielding Pct., 1 SB

Jared Shagool: 8 games, 10 Fielding Outs, 7 Stops,, 1 Error, 78% Fielding Pct.,, 2 CS, 1 Assist

Nickolas Proudfit: 6 games, 1 Fielding Out, 24 Stops, 3 Errors, 87% Fielding Pct., 1 CS, 1 Assist

Sean McFarland: 7 games, 7 Fielding Outs, 13 Stops, 1 Error, 87% Fielding Pct.

Ty Johnson: 8 games, 15 Fielding Outs, 22 Stops, 2 Errors, 84% Fielding Pct., 2 CS, 1 Assist


Batting Crown

Top candidates...

Brock Johnson: 6 games, .407 Avg. (24 hits), 9 HR, 54 RBI, .676 OBP, 1.153 SLG

Cameron Morton: 8 games, .450 Avg. (45 hits), 10 HR, 85 RBI, .673 OBP, .990 SLG

Chase Johnson: 8 games, .464 Avg. (32 hits), 6 HR, 77 RBI, .738 OBP, 1.159 SLG

Colby Mazza: 8 games, .469 Avg. (30 hits), 9 HR, 84 RBI, .772 OBP, 1.234 SLG

Colton Titus: 5 games, .462 (12 hits), 3 HR, 34 RBI, .741 OBP, 1.038 SLG

Connor Vermilyea: 6 games, .365 Avg. (19 hits), 4 HR, .663 OBP, .885 SLG

Evan Bates: 5 games, .536 Avg. (30 hits), 15 HR, 51 RBI, .690 OBP, 1.589 SLG

Josh Burckhardt: 6 games, .379 Avg. (22 hits), 4 HR, 51 RBI, .719 OBP, .828 SLG

Matthew Morton: 8 games, .421 Avg. (24 hits), 3 HR, 45 RBI, .725 OBP, .912 SLG

Sean McFarland: 7 games, .293 Avg. (17 hits), 7 HR, 53 RBI, .664 OBP, .828 SLG

Tegan Connors: 6 games, .346 Avg. (18 hits), 4 HR, 45 RBI, .682 OBP, .808 SLG

Zachary Warren: 8 games, .371 Avg. (23 hits), 2 HR, 73 RBI, .717 OBP, .839 SLG


MVP

Top candidates...

Chase Johnson

Pitching: 8 games, 6-1 (7 starts), 36.33 IP, 12.11 ERA, 99-147 K-BB, 4.90 WHIP, .221 Opp. Avg. + 1 Shutout

Fielding: 8 games, 1 Fielding Out, 6 Stops, 70% Fielding Pct.,

Batting: 8 games, .464 Avg. (32 hits), 6 HR, 77 RBI, .738 OBP, 1.159 SLG

Colby Mazza

Pitching: 1 game, 1-0 (1 start), 5 IP, 23.00 ERA, 15-32 K-BB, 7.40 WHIP, .250 Opp. Avg.

Fielding: 7 games, 11 Fielding Outs, 27 Stops, 2 Errors, 88% Fielding Pct., 1 SB

Batting: 8 games, .469 Avg. (30 hits), 9 HR, 84 RBI, .772 OBP, 1.234 SLG

Evan Bates

Pitching: 5 games, 4-1 (5 starts), 24 IP, 6.46 ERA, 70-74 K-BB, 3.79 WHIP, .191 Opp. Avg.

Fielding: 5 Stops, 0 Errors, 71% Fielding Pct.

Batting: 5 games, .536 Avg. (30 hits), 15 HR, 51 RBI, .690 OBP, 1.589 SLG

Matthew Morton

Pitching: 8 games, 6-2 (7 starts), 37.67 IP, 6.24 ERA, 105-111 K-BB, 3.37 ERA, .126 Opp. Avg.

Fielding: 4 Fielding Outs, 5 Stops, 0 Errors, 75% Fielding Pct., 1 CS

Batting: 8 games, .421 Avg. (24 hits), 3 HR, 45 RBI, .725 OBP, .912 SLG

Tegan Connors

Pitching: 6 games, 4-2 (6 starts), 30.33 IP, 12.20 ERA, 89-136 K-BB, 4.75 WHIP, .082 Opp. Avg. + 1 No-Hitter Shutout

Fielding: None

Batting: 6 games, .346 Avg. (18 hits), 4 HR, 45 RBI, .682 OBP, .808 SLG


OUTSTANDING MANAGER

Top candidates...

Brandon Viale (Lynx minority owner, GM): Recruited Josh Burckhardt to come out of retirement in the offseason and acquired him to the team via trade. Also signed McKinnley Franklin midway through the season. Team finished 5-3 (last season 4-4) and is headed back to playoffs for third straight season.

Brock Johnson (underdogs GM): Acquiring Evan Bates via trade midway through last season yielded major rewards for the underdogs this season. During games he managed the team. Team finished 5-3 (last season 0-8) and is headed back to playoffs after going winless last season.

Chase Johnson (Fog GM): Though he did not officially become GM of the Fog until midway through the season, Chase recruited rookie Brett Hoover to join the team last offseason and advocated for Sean McFarland to be brought up from farm roster. During games he managed the team. Team finished 7-1 (last season 5-3) and is headed back to playoffs for second straight season.

Ty Johnson (Rapids GM): Resisted the urge to seek replacement of Jared Shagool at pitcher after his rookie season and helped develop him into a second-season breakout star. Team finished (5-3) is headed back to playoffs for first time since JAL 18 which was also their last season above .500.


OUTSTANDING ROOKIE

Top candidates...

Brett Hoover

Pitching: 1 game, 1-0 (1 start), 4 IP, 13.75 ERA, 9-6 K-BB, 3.50 WHIP, .421 Opp. Avg.

Fielding: 2 games, 2 Fielding Outs, 1 Stop, 1 Error, 60% Fielding Pct.

Batting: 4 games, .381 Avg. (8 hits), 2 HR, 33 RBI, .783 OBP, .952 SLG

Carter Lloyd

Pitching: None

Fielding: 4 games, 6 Fielding Outs, 16 Stops, 2 Errors, 76% Fielding Pct.

Batting: 4 games, .208 Avg. (5 hits), 0 HR, 18 RBI, .678 OBP, .417 SLG

Colton Carlson

Pitching: None

Fielding: 2 games, 2 Fielding Outs, 8 Stops, 1 Error, 83% Fielding Pct.

Batting: 3 games, .290 Avg. (9 hits), 0 HR, 32 RBI, .711 OBP, .484 SLG

Ryan Bloomstrom

Pitching: 2 games, 0-2 (2 starts), 9.67 IP, 30.51 ERA, 25-65 K-BB, 8.38 WHIP, .364 Opp. Avg.

Fielding: 4 games, 5 Stops, 1 Error, 71% Fielding Pct.

Batting: 4 games, .412 Avg. (7 hits), 1 HR, 13 RBI, .744 OBP, 1.000 SLG


MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

Top candidates...

Cameron Morton: Cameron won this award last season after gaining league-wide respect as a "solid" hitter, but this season he's taken his improvement to another level. Hitting .450 with a league-leading 45 hits and 85 RBI, Cameron is Batting Crown candidate and has additionally become a quality fielder.

Colby Mazza: Colby has only been named an All-Star once and it occurred back in his rookie season (JAL 19) as a fielder. Since then he's continued to be a great fielder and "good" batter, but never producing stats well enough to rise to All-Star level at the plate. This season Mazza finally made that leap, hitting .469 with 9 HR and 84 RBI. He's in the mix to win both the Batting and Fielding Crown, and is an MVP candidate. He also tried pitching a winning game this season and performed decently.

Jared Shagool: A solid rookie last season, Shagool was a breakout star in JAL 23. His biggest strides were made in the circle as Rapids ace (13.40 ERA last season, 9.03 ERA this season), helping lead the team to 5-3 and their first playoff appearance since JAL 18.

McKinnley Franklin: Franklin has been in and out of the league since JAL 14 as a journeyman who's played for several different teams. This season he seems to have found a home with the Lynx. After being signed midseason he hit .263 (10 hits), some of which were key plays in important games.

Sean McFarland: McFarland was a rookie for the Fog in JAL 21, but struggled (1 hit in 6 games) and was sent down to the team's farm roster for all of last season. This season he got a second try and made the most of it, becoming a dangerous weapon for the Fog with batting (.293 Avg, 7 HR) and fielding stats (20 FO+S, 87%) worthy of All-Star consideration.


OUTSTANDING COMEBBACK

Top candidates...

Connor Vermilyea: One of the most decorated careers in JAL, Vermilyea fell off a cliff last season, getting no hits in four games played. This season his Express team was a major disappointment (1-7), but individually he bounced back hitting .365 (19 hits) in 6 games played.

Evan Bates: Bates pitched only a couple games for the Cobras last season before suffering an injury and being shutdown from throwing until healed. He was subsequently traded away midseason to the underdogs where he played in a few games as a batter and fielder, but was relatively un-notable. By the underdogs third games this season he was able to pitch again and had a season worthy of Pitching Crown consideration. He also developed into a superstar hitter with Batting Crown worthy stats.

Josh Burckhardt: After winning 4-straight Batting Crowns (JAL 18-21), Burckhardt's JAL 22 season was so unexpectedly bad (.164, 11 hits, 7 games) that he decided to retire. Later in the offseason he was convinced to keep playing with a new team, the Lynx and returned to All-Star level form hitting .379 with 22 hits in 6 games played.

Zachary Warren: Warren was a "good" batter his entire career until last season when he hit an abysmal .120 (6 hits) and was even being considered by some as a liability in the Waves lineup during their NC Finals run. This season he bounced all the way back and more, having the best season of his career (.371, 23 hits) as an All-Star candidate.

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