Outfielder Will Venable was named the Wizards Most Valuable Player and closer John Madden and middle reliever Alfredo Fernandez were announced as the Co-Most Valuable Pitchers.
Venable has left his mark on the Wizards record books this season, driving in a team record 89 runs. His 143 hits are seventh all-time and currently third in the Midwest League. Venable also has 33 doubles, fourth-best in the 13-year history of Fort Wayne baseball and his 84 runs are tied for third-best.
Venable was named to the Midwest League’s Eastern Division All-Star team in June and was recently named to the Midwest League’s Post-Season All-Star team.
Madden is currently sixth in Wizards history with 20 saves on the season, tied with Clay Condrey from the 1999 season. The right-hander is 2-3 on the season, converting his 20 saves in 24 chances. In 50 innings, he has struck out 48 and has a pitching staff-best 2.16 earned run average.
Fernandez has been described by manager Randy Ready was one of the most consistent pitchers this season. He is 5-2 on the season with a 2.84 ERA. In 63 1/3 innings, he has struck out 44 hitters. Fernandez is currently seventh all-time with 51 appearances, trailing teammates Jon Link, who has 52 and Brandon Higelin, who has 53 appearances.