The Portland Sea Dogs held a special pre-game ceremony before they took the field for their final game of the season on Sunday announcing the winners of the 2015 team awards. The awards were given out for Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, 10th Player and Citizen of the Year.
Most Valuable Player – 1B Sam Travis
Sam Travis wasted no time becoming the most valuable player for the 2015 Sea Dogs, hitting .300/.384/.436 with four home runs and 38 RBIs over 65 games after being promoted on June 25th. According to the Sea Dogs website, Travis reached base in 60 of 65 starts while matching a team-high hitting streak of 13 straight games. Travis was selected in the second round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
Pitcher of the Year – RHP William Cuevas
In just his first season in the Double-A ranks, it took William Cuevas little time to establish himself as one of the best pitchers in the Eastern League. Cuevas earned starting honors in the Eastern League All-Star Classic after a hot start to the season and finished his year with the Sea Dogs at 8-5 with a 3.40 ERA before being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on August 3rd. Cuevas was signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in July 2008.
10th Player Award – C/1B Tim Roberson
Tim Roberson began his season on the disabled list due to injury but became one of Portland’s more consistent hitters by seasons end. The highlight of Roberson’s season came on May 15 at the New Britain Rock Cats when he became just the third Sea Dog in history to hit for the cycle, including a game-winning RBI triple in extra innings. Roberson finished the year at .300/.342/.419 with four home runs and 40 RBIs. Roberson was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Red Sox in June 2011 after attending Florida Gulf Coast University.
Citizen of the Year – RHP Mike McCarthy
Mike McCarthy did not have a great season by most standard measures, but did not allow that to effect his off-field contributions. McCarthy, working with his charity Baseball Miracles, held several equipment drives at Hadlock Field to collect baseball gear for under privileged children. A regular at the Sea Dogs’ autograph table, McCarthy also volunteered his time by making several appearances in and around the Portland community. McCarthy finished the season 6-8 with a 4.59 ERA in 115 2/3 innings pitched. The Red Sox selected McCarthy in the 14th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.