As a record-setting 662,536 fans can attest, the Indianapolis Indians celebrated one of the best seasons in all of Minor League Baseball in 2015.
Now, it’s time to make it official.
Voting is officially open for the Minor League Baseball Yearly (MiLBY) Awards and your Tribe is one of roughly just 30 teams with three nominations on this year’s ballot. Fans are encouraged to “Vote Tribe” in the categories of Top Starting Pitcher (RHP Tyler Glasnow), Photo of the Year (Josh Bell celebration after walk-off hit in debut) and Best Farm System (four affiliates reached playoffs) for the 2015 campaign.
The ballot is open through Tuesday, Oct. 27 and there is no limit on voting.
Results will be revealed on MiLB.com throughout the week of Oct. 28 – Nov. 5.
And without further ado…the Indianapolis Indians’ nominees are:
TOP STARTING PITCHER — RHP TYLER GLASNOW
Embodying his status as the top prospect of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Glasnow posted a 2.39 ERA with 136 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings during both his Double-A and Triple-A debuts in 2015. The 22-year-old right-hander ranked third in all of Minor League Baseball with 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings, and is seeking a repeat title as MiLBY’s reigning Top Starting Pitcher from the 2014 campaign.
PHOTO OF THE YEAR — THE BELL TOLLS IN 13th
Ice in his veins and ice in the celebratory shower of top hitting prospect Josh Bell, when the 23 year old was doused on the field after hitting a walk-off single in his Triple-A debut. Bell, who later delivered a walk-off knock to force Game 5 in the Governors’ Cup title, capped his above-pictured debut in the bottom of the 13th inning for a 6-5 win over the Charlotte Knights on Aug. 1 at Victory Field.
(All-Star catcher Elias Diaz had the dousing honors).
BEST FARM SYSTEM — THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed tremendous success throughout their farm system in 2015, with four of eight affiliates reaching the postseason and Short-Season West Virginia winning a New York-Penn League championship during its inaugural season. The Buccos’ organization combined to finish second in the National League and fourth in the Majors with a combined record of 447-388 (.535) between eight MiLB clubs.