BluGrass Baseball Awards: Louisville Bats

Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Kevin Barker

Offensive Player of the Year — 1B Kevin Barker

  • If this award were for the top prospect on the team minor-league veteran Barker would have no shot.  Kevin was playing in his 13th minor league season in 2009 with only 97 major-league games to show for his perseverance. Barker led qualifying Bats with a .285 batting average and 22 home runs.  His 69 RBIs were second-most on the team.  Barker’s .376 on-base percentage, .551 slugging percentage and .927 OPS were also team highs for qualifying players.
  • Outfielder Chris Heisey might be the favorite for Reds’ minor-league player of the year after his Future Game selection, but he played less than half his season in Louisville, penalizing him for this award. He batted .278 with nine home runs and 37 RBI for Louisville to bring his season totals to .314, 22 home runs and 77 RBI for the season.
  • Outfielder Drew Stubbs led the International League with 46 stolen bases, and top prospects Juan Francisco and Todd Frazier contributed in Louisville over the last month.

Pitcher of the Year — LHP Matt Maloney

  • Maloney was 9-9 with a 3.08 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 143 innings for Louisville. Matt also made one late-season tuneup for AA Carolina and has made five starts for Cincinnati. Maloney’s 3.08 ERA was second lowest in the International League and his 125 strikeouts were tied with teammate Sam LeCure for fourth-most in the League.
  • Justin Lehr won an International League-high 13 games before a late-season callup to Cincinnati.  Sam LeCure led the team with 143.1 innings pitched and 125 strikeouts. Travis Wood, favorite for Reds’ pitcher of the year, was 4-2 with a 3.14 ERA in eight games with Louisville.

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