The Altoona Curve announced their 2011 award winners prior to today’s game. Taking the top honors as the team’s MVP was Starling Marte. Marte came in to the day hitting for a .335 average, and stands a good chance of winning the Eastern League batting title, becoming the first Pirates prospect to do so. He leads the Eastern League in hits and doubles, and ranks in the top five in at-bats, extra base hits, runs scored, and total bases. Marte was also named the Eastern League rookie of the year.
Kyle McPherson was named the pitcher of the year. The 23 year old right hander has been with the team since June, and has a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts. Bryan Morris won the Fireman of the Year award, given to the best relief pitcher. Morris was moved to the bullpen this year, and in 29 games so far has a 2.05 ERA, and a .234 BAA, along with 47 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. Brock Holt took the Iron Man award, hitting for a .286 average and holding down the top of the lineup all year for Altoona. Michael Colla was named the Unsung Hero, leading the Eastern League in WHIP, batting average against, batting average against for a starter, and fewest base runners per nine innings for a starter.