Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Barons' Semien league MVP; BayBears' Bradley top pitcher

Birmingham's Marcus Semien won the Southern League's most valuable player award today. Mobile's Archie Bradley won the pitcher of the year and Mobile's Andy Green the manager of the year.

Semien led the league with a .420 on-base percentage and 90 runs scored. He was third with a .290 batting average and a .483 slugging percentage. Semien played second base, shortstop and third base before being promoted to Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 1.

Bradley finished 12-5 with a 1.98 ERA, leading the league in wins and finishing second in ERA. He had 119 strikeouts in 123 1/3 innings. The right-hander is one of the top prospects in the minor leagues.

Green led the BayBears to the South Division first- and second-half championships. Mobile finished 79-60 and will try to be the first Southern League three-peat champion since the Montgomery Rebels from 1975-77.

Semien is the third Baron to win MVP: Joe Crede (2000) and Aaron Miles (2002). Bradley is the second BayBear to win top pitcher: Brad Baker (2004). Green is the third BayBears manager to take honors: Mike Ramsey (1998) and Turner Ward (2011).

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