Pirates Sweep the League Awards at Both Levels of A-Ball

Yesterday we received the announcement that Quinn Priester won the Pitcher of the Year and Matt Fraizer was named the MVP of the old South Atlantic League. Today the old Florida State League named their MVP and Pitcher of the Year and the Pirates swept those awards. Adrian Florencio, who was named as the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Year, was named as his league’s Pitcher of the Year. Endy Rodriguez was named as the league’s MVP. The league also announced that reliever Enmanuel Mejia joined the two players on the league’s postseason All-Star team. Bradenton manager Jonathan Johnston won the Manager of the Year for leading his team to the league title.

Florencio had a 2.46 ERA in 95 innings, falling just short in the innings of qualifying for league leaders, where he would have led in ERA, WHIP (1.05) and BAA (.198). He lead the league with 117 strikeouts.

Rodriguez led the league with a .294 average, as part of his .294/.380/.512 slash line. He was second in slugging, second in OPS and fourth in OBP. He was second in doubles (25), third in triples (six) and third in homers (15), as well as second in RBIs (73), first in runs (73) and second in hits (111).

Enmanuel Mejia ended up the season in Greensboro. In Bradenton, he had a 0.00 ERA in 26.1 innings. He finished the year with an 0.42 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 42.2 innings.

Together with the Altoona awards, the Pirates had nine postseason All-Stars at the three levels.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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