Moss Is Tribe MVP



Slugger of the Year:� Erik Kratz


Kratz leads the Indians with a .500 SLG, and is third (with 2 games to go) in doubles (22).� He is hitting .274 with 9 homers and 40 RBI.� Kratz was named the International League’s starting catcher for the AAA All-Star game for the second year in a row, and he also spent some time with the Pirates — after being notified of his call-up on national television at the All-Star Game.




Starting Pitcher of the Year:� Jeremy Powell


Powell has been the workhorse of the Indians’ pitching staff this season, with 21 starts (including one tonight) and 10 relief appearances.� As a reliever, he has a 1-1 record over 19 innings, with 15 hits and 12 strikeouts.� As a starter, Powell has a 10-8 record over 115.1 innings, with 124 hits and 75 strikeouts.� He leads the team in total innings pitched (134.1) and strikeouts (87).� His 11 total wins is his best since 2006, when Powell pitched in Japan.

Because he was busy warming up in the bullpen, Powell did not pick up his award himself.� Hitting coach Jeff Branson (below) did the honors for him.� Branson also picked up John Bowker’s award for being the August Player of the Month, since Bowker is currently with the Pirates.





Reliever of the Year:�� Jean Machi


Machi has made 57 relief appearances for the Tribe this season.� He leads the team with saves (22) and appearances.� He has pitched 58.2 innings and also has a 5-5 record, with 50 hits, and 57 strikeouts.� His 22 saves ranks 5th in the International League.





And, the Indians’ Employee of the Year: none other than our own usher, Bill!



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