Wolgast Named League Cy Young Winner
Date: Aug 12, 2019
The Florida League front office has selected the honorees for the 1st and 2nd All-Florida League teams. Players were chosen by positions where they played a majority of their innings. Let's meet the team:
Wolgast was a big reason behind Winter Park's dominance all year long. The sophomore right-hander dominated throughout the summer, allowing only seven hits and seven walks in the span of 24.2 innings. Only two earned runs came across while Wolgast was on the mound, and he also struck out 23 batters. Though he did not throw enough innings to qualify for the league stat leaders, he was still very impressive with a 0.73 ERA and a 0.57 WHIP. He also held opponent's to a .090 batting average.
Paret was the top left-handed arm in the league this summer. Coming off a fantastic freshman campaign for the Hatters, Paret was able to stay in the groove and dominate this summer. He made six appearances that covered 28.2 innings, and allowed three earned runs (0.94 ERA). Fifteen players were able to get hits off of Paret ... each of them was a single. He walked eight batters, and struck out 33 for a 4.13 ratio, which ranked in the Top 5 in the league. In each of the five games he started, Paret struck out at least five hitters, and never allowed more than four hits in an outing.
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Rossi was the most consistent arm in Sanford this summer. He made seven appearances (six starts), totaling 26 innings of work. He scattered 15 hits and walked eleven for a WHIP of 1.00, and allowed seven earned runs for an ERA of 2.42. He struck out 36 batters (6th in the league), including four games with 6+ strikeouts. On the year, hitters only managed a .167 average against him while slugging a weak .209.
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Carruyo was the most dominant closer in the league this season, and an absolute workhorse for the Diamond Dawgs. He appeared in 18 games, posted a 3-0 record, and recorded nine saves. Most impressively, Winter Park never lost a game that he appeared in. He totaled 23.1 innings on the mound, allowing nine hits, eight walks, and three earned runs. He also struck out 35 hitters which was the 8th highest total in the league. Carruyo's ERA on the season was 1.16, his WHIP was .73, and opponent's only hit .113 against him.
Myers appeared in 13 games for the River Rats this year, and pitched effectively. He had the lowest ERA (0.77) among pitchers with at least ten appearances, allowing only two earned runs in 23.1 innings. Eleven of Myers' appearances were scoreless. He totaled 21 strikeouts against 11 walks, and gave up 15 hits as opposing hitters only managed a .192 average against him.
Brana was a key piece for the Scorpions, appearing in twelve games and totaling 30.1 innings pitched. He showed great control with a 28/9 K:BB ratio, and had multiple strikeouts in 9 of his 12 games. Brana only allowed earned runs in two games, and had 26.1 innings of scoreless baseball. He finished the year with a 1.78 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and a .231 opponent average.
Cabrera was a force for the Diamond Dawgs both at and behind the plate. He finished fourth in the league in both batting average (.344) and on-base percentage (.447) while hitting cleanup most nights for the league champs. Cabrera tallied six doubles, three home runs, 13 runs scored and 17 driven in over the course of 31 games. He had nine multi-hit efforts, and reached base safely in 26 of his 31 games. Though voting was done before the playoffs, it's also worth noting that Cabrera was the Championship Series MVP after hitting 5-10 with four RBI.
It was a tough season for the Squeeze, but that didn't stop Faison from turning in a fantastic summer campaign. Faison appeared in 34 games for Winter Garden, and recorded 35 hits that included five doubles and five home runs. He scored 17 times, drove in 17, and walked (23) more than he struck out (20). For the year, he slashed .327/.457/.514 with an OPS of .971, which was the 10th best in the league. His .457 OBP was the second highest mark in the league among qualified hitters.
Taylor played in 32 games for the River Rats this summer, and found himself among the league leaders in batting average (.347, 2nd) and stolen bases (26, 1st). He collected 35 hits, scored 24 times, and had an OBP of .426, which was the 7th highest in the league. Taylor had eleven games with multiple hits, and seven games with multiple steals. He also played a solid defensive second base, with only two errors at second all year.
George only played in 22 games this summer, but he was arguably the best hitter in the league during his time in uniform. After going hitless in his first two games, he ended the year on a 20-game hitting streak that included three two-hit games and five three-hit games. He scored or drove in a run in 14 of his 22 games played. On the year, George slashed .407/.444/.642 with an OPS of 1.086 which was the highest in the league. He had four doubles, five home runs and 52 total bases.
Shuffield was another bright spot for the Squeeze, reaching base safely in 23 of the 27 games he played. He was a hitting machine, tallying 35 hits in 96 at-bats to lead the league in average (.365). Shuffield recorded eleven doubles and 14 multi-hit games, which also led the league. His season slash line was .365/.431/.510, with the OBP and SLG numbers each checking in at 6th best in the league. On top of his gaudy offensive stats, Shuffield played some of the best defense at short, committing only three errors in 192 innings.
Townsend turned in the strongest start-to-finish campaign in the league this summer, and was rewarded with the league MVP trophy. The sophomore outfielder was the league leader in six categories including games played, runs, hits, walks, triples, and on-base percentage. His slash line read .340/.461/.576, ranking 6th, 1st, and 2nd in the league respectively. He had twelve games with multiple hits, including a three home run effort at Winter Garden on July 1. Townsend reached base safely in 36 of the 40 games he played during the regular season.
Cande was one of the most feared hitters in the league this summer. He started on a torrid pace, tying the league record for home runs in a season (9) before the month of June ended. By the end of the year, he had also tied the league record for extra base hits thanks to ten doubles, two triples and his nine longballs. Cande had eleven multi-hit efforts, including two games with two home runs at his home park in Sanford. Cande slashed .303/.399/.639, with the slugging percentage being the second-highest in league history. He also had five outfield assists, which tied for the league lead.
Reidy was a model of consistency for the Diamond Dawgs, hitting in the three-hole for most of the season. He played in 35 regular season games for Winter Park, collecting 45 hits in 132 at-bats for an average of .341 (5th in the league). He smacked five doubles, hit four home runs, and finished second in the league in RBI with 32. The rising junior slashed .341/.407/.470 in 150 total plate appearances for the Dawgs, and had a hit in 30 of his 36 games played.
Cox put together the best left-handed hitting campaign in the league this season. He finished in the Top 5 league-wide in eight categories including runs (30, 2nd), home runs (8, 2nd), hits (40, 3rd) and RBI (31, 3rd). Cox reached base safely in 34 of 37 games played, and also had eleven multi-hit games, including a two-home run effort against Winter Garden on July 18. He slashed .323/.452/.548 with a 1.000 OPS in 155 plate appearances.
The following players were recognized as 2nd Team All-Florida League for their performances this summer:
SP: Tate Stone-Frisina, Winter Park
SP: Ryan Stuempfig, Winter Park
SP: Steven Swift, Winter Park
SP: Quinton Martinez, Seminole
RP: Nathan Palmer, DeLand
RP: Brady Choban, DeLand
RP: Rollin Layton, Sanford
C: Rodrigo Montenegro, DeLand
1B: Cole Beeker, Winter Park
2B: Hunter Fornari, DeLand
3B: Max Law, Leesburg
SS: Francis Villaman, Sanford
OF: Parker Pillsbury, Leeburg
OF: Thomas Broyles, Sanford
OF: Justin Farmer, Sanford
DH: Peter Hutzal, DeLand