The Bull Oceanic Winter League (BOWL) wrapped up its first season of developmental baseball, with the Tunis Freemen capping their season with an 8-3 victory over the Lagos Millionaires, on Friday.
And now, two days later, the first BOWL player awards were announced to recognize all of the achievements during the 36-game season.
The top honor of Most Valuable Player went to Tunis star first baseman Carlos Lovato, who normally plays for the AA-level Anchorage Sky Chiefs, the Heifer League affiliate of the Chicago Pit Bulls. Lovato impressed with a league-best .418 batting average, OPS of 1.113, 6 triples, 32 RBIs, and 35 runs scored, all of which topped the leaderboards.
His trophy cabinet is certainly looking more full, as he was also the A-level Milk League’s MVP and top hitting first baseman in 2017. The 22-year-old from Puerto Rico will doubtless find himself in the major-level Bull League before long if he keeps up the stellar performance on the field.
Among the BOWL pitchers it was Gregory McConnell who got the nod as the best hurler. McConnell also played on the Tunis roster, though he is currently posted to the Seattle Salts AA-level Blue Ridge Penguins.
In his BOWL appearances, he went 5-2 after 10 starts, clocking 73.1 innings and 77 strikeouts to top the winter league leaderboards. His ERA was 1.35, and his BABIP was just .259. After 5 seasons of bouncing between A and AA-level, he finally has some recognition among his peers as top in his class.
Now, all of the BOWL players have returned to their home clubs and gone back to their off-season workout routines, preparing for the coming season.