AAA – International League
BEST RELIEVER – Juan Jaime.
Jaime, as you are likely aware, is currently in the majors. In between call-ups, he had worked 35.2 innings at Gwinnett with a 3.79 ERA and 16 saves while finishing 31 games for the AAA affiliate. Control continues to be an issue – 33 walks against 55 K’s in those AAA innings, but when he’s “on” Juan is very good.
AA – Southern League
FASTEST BASERUNNER – Jose Peraza.
Interesting that they distinguish between ‘fastest’ and ‘best’ base runner. Peraza was tagged for the former, but not the latter. Now recognize this: Peraza still only has 40 games at AA. Roughly 110 have been played in the league to this point – and Peraza was named #1 despite not even having played every team in the league yet! He has 24 steals (7 times caught) and a .331 batting average, plus just one fielding error (mostly at second base now). He doesn’t walk much (OBP .358), but does have 3 triples and 6 doubles… in just over 6 weeks in a ‘pitching rich’ league.
BEST RELIEVER – Shae Simmons.
While at Mississippi, Shae was unquestionably the best: 19 games finished, 14 saves in 23 innings. He had a 0.78 ERA, an 0.91 WHIP, 30 strikeouts and 6 walks. No wonder he was called up earlier in the year. Unfortunately, of course, he is now on the shelf with tendonitis in his throwing shoulder. I expect the team will be very cautious in bringing him back as a result.