The West Virginia Power announced today that two players from the 2012 roster have been nominated for season-ending awards by MiLB.com. Alen Hanson is one of 12 nominees for Breakout Prospect of the Year and Nathan Kilcrease has been nominated for the Relief Pitcher of the Year award.
Hanson was one of the biggest breakout players in all of baseball this year, hitting for a .309/.381/.528 line in 489 at-bats in the South Atlantic League. He already has a few South Atlantic League recognitions, being named to the mid-season All-Star team, and being named the top shortstop in the league at the end of the year.
Kilcrease put up a 1.22 ERA over 30 appearances with West Virginia, posting a 35:9 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. He went 15 for 15 in save chances. Kilcrease spent time in Oakland's organization at the start of the year, and overall had a 1.28 ERA in 49.1 innings pitched.
This is the first year the Power have received any nominations for these year-end awards since becoming an...
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