The Indianapolis Indians will be announcing their 2011 award winners tonight, including the announcement that first baseman Matt Hague has been named the team’s 2011 MVP. Hague has collected the fourth most hits among Indianapolis hitters over the last 40 years. He leads the 2011 Indians in hits, games played, at-bats, runs, doubles, total bases, and walks. The highlight of the season for Hague was his month of June, when he hit for a .402 average with five homers and 11 doubles.
Jared Hughes was named the Indians’ rookie of the year, putting up a 2.16 ERA in 41.2 innings after being promoted mid-season. Justin Wilson was named the Most Valuable Starting Pitcher. Wilson had a 4.24 ERA in 110.1 innings as a starter, spanning 21 starts. Gorkys Hernandez was named the defensive player of the year for his strong play in the outfield. Hernandez had a team high 11 outfield assists. Left handed reliever Justin Thomas was named the Relief Pitcher of the Year after putting up a 3.97 ERA in 68 innings, leading all Indianapolis relievers in innings pitched.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.