The New York Penn League gives players a short amount of time to prove a lot.
They're overcoming physical challenges they're not used to and getting mentally prepared for the daily (yes) grind of playing baseball.
These two players excelled consistently from June to *August.
Player of the Year
Chris Serritella- First Baseman, Williamsport Crosscutters, Philadelphia Phillies - Serritella ended the season with strong results, capping off his impressive 2012 professional debut. In his final six games he got 14 hits, four of them multi-hit performances. The Phillies 4th round pick in this year's MLB Draft led the league in doubles (24), RBI (47), and total bases (131). In July he hit 4 home runs, scored 16 runs, and worked 11 walks. He finished the season hitting .297 in 75 games.
Pitcher of the Year
Luis Mateo - RHP, Brooklyn Cyclones, New York Mets- Mateo gave his team a solid chance to win every time he took the mound. Unfortunately, the offense didn't always back him up. In 73 innings of work he walked just nine batters and gave up only 2 home runs. He started the season 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA, making an early statement over 11 innings. In July he racked up 33 innings of work. Hitters averaged .191 off of him and he added 31 strikeouts to bring his total to 48. Finishing the season he led the league with 85 strikeouts.
*Final regular season games were the first week of September.