First Half Awards

Most Valuable Manager:  John Tamargo, Jr., steering the Lugnuts to a team record for wins at the start of the year (7), a record-tying amount of wins in one month (20, May), and a record-setting wins in one half (47), as the Lugnuts ran away with the Eastern Division.

Most Valuable Pitcher(s):  Sancholino; the unbeatable combination of Aaron Sanchez and Justin Nicolino, living up to their billing as two of the top pitching prospects in baseball.  Runners-Up: Ajay Meyer, Jesse Hernandez.

Most Valuable Hitter:  Kevin Pillar, who played all three outfield positions, batted throughout the Lugnuts' lineup, knocked both of the Lugs' grand slams, and ranks among the Midwest League leaders in both batting average and stolen bases.  Runners-Up:  Jon Berti, Andy Burns.

Best Pitching Performance:  Jesse Hernandez, striking out eight and taking a no-hitter into the 8th at Fort Wayne, June 12th.  Sheer brilliance, turned bittersweet by a 1-0 loss.

Best Hitting Performance:  Kevin Pillar, topping off his record-tying 6-for-6 masterpiece at Dayton with a grand slam, May 12th.

Best Defensive Performance, Part I:  The Dragons build a threat, putting two runners on with nobody out in the bottom of the 6th, May 14th... only to see the Lugs turn a triple play.

Best Defensive Performance, Part II:  Kevin Pillar makes a jawdropping diving catch at Fort Wayne, June 14th.  Better yet, it came in the 9th inning in a Lugs victory.

Best Defensive Performance, Part III:  In the final day of the first half, Andy Burns and Shane Opitz combine on a fantastic double play to close out Great Lakes, June 17th.

Worst News:  There are no championship banners or rings awarded for first half greatness.

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