Grafton, WI – Over the past week, the Lakeshore Chinooks announced their 2018 award winners for the organization’s annual honors. The award winners are selected by the Chinooks coaching staff and front office. Following each season, the team hands out four awards: Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Kapco’s Steel Slugger, and the Robin Yount Award.
Robin Yount Award – DJ Lee (Richmond)
Robin Yount was known throughout his career for playing the game with hustle, passion, determination, and professionalism on and off the field. Each season, a player from the Chinooks that exemplifies these qualities is selected for the Robin Yount Award.
DJ was with the club for the entire season and appeared in 64 games. In each of those games, he brought the same hustle, passion, and attitude. The coaching staff also commended him on being an ideal teammate and he was great with all of our fans.
Kapco’s Steel Slugger Award – Jack Dunn (Northwestern)
It has been award season for Jack Dunn. He was named to the Northwoods League All-Star Game where he achieved MVP honors. Next, he appeared in the Northwoods League Major League Dreams Showcase. Following the season, he was named a Post-Season All-Star by the league. Most recently, he was awarded the Rawlings Big Stick Award for having the best batting average of any other shortstop in the league.
Dunn lead the team in hitting with a .316 batting average. He also lead the team in runs scored and was second in hits for the Chinooks.
Pitcher of the Year Award – Kevin Tibor (Carthage College)
Kevin was the workhorse of this year’s staff. Tibor appeared and started in 11 games this year with a 4-7 record and a 3.04 ERA including 40 strikeouts to just 11 walks. His performance in the first half of the season earned him a spot in the Northwoods League All-Star Game.
He even proposed to his girlfriend on-field before a game at the end of the season.
Most Valuable Player Award – Dallas Beaver (University of Central Florida)
Beaver appeared in the second most games of any other player on the 2018 roster. Dallas was able to be utilized at multiple positions including catcher, first base, third base.
He ended the season second in hitting with an average of .302. He would lead the team in Hits (60) and RBI’s (30). Beaver would finish second on the team for Runs (34) and Home Runs (4). Dallas participated in the Northwoods League Major League Dream Showcase back in early August as well. After the season, he was named a Post-Season All-Star by the league.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, 200 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.