2013 TigsTown Awards: Player of the Year

Travis shined in West Michigan

Head inside to see who claimed the Ryan DeWitt Minor League Player of the Year award for 2013!

Detroit Tigers Minor League Player of the Year
2B Devon Travis

Team AB AVG OBP SLG K / BB SB / CS
West Michigan 290 .352 .430 .486 32 / 35 14 / 3
Lakeland 214 .350 .401 .561 32 / 18 8 / 1

The Tigers 13th round pick in 2012, Travis was paid more like a fifth round pick as the Tigers shelled out $200,000 to sign the Florida State product. After his debut season in the New York-Penn League was cut short by a sports hernia, Travis exploded in 2013 with a cumulative .351/.418/.518 line across two A-ball levels. With West Michigan for the first 77 games of the season, Travis hit a whopping .352 with 17 doubles, two triples and six home runs, all while managing to tack on 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts. After the Tigers promoted Travis to High-A Lakeland for the second half of the season, he turned up his slugging a notch while still hitting .350. In 55 games with the Flying Tigers Travis banged eleven doubles and ten home runs to help push him to an impressive .962 OPS. Travis impressed scouts at both levels with on NL scout saying, "He's a nice player that grinds hard in every phase of the game. He can hit a bit with some good gap power and he's got really good hands in the field. I like him as a solid player long term."




In 2007, TigsTown named its annual awards after a pair of outstanding Tigers fans. You can read more about Ryan and Brian here: TigsTown Awards Named




Past Award Winners

2012: OF Avisail Garcia, RHP Bruce Rondon

2011: 3B Nick Castellanos, LHP Drew Smyly

2010: 3B Wade Gaynor, RHP Jacob Turner

2009: 2B Scott Sizemore, LHP Casey Crosby

2008: 1B Ryan Strieby, RHP Rick Porcello

2007: 1B Jeff Larish, LHP Duane Below

2006: OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jair Jurrjens

2005: OF Brent Clevlen, RHP Justin Verlander

2004: OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Virgil Vasquez




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