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Fans name Dickson best Triple-A starter10/11/2010 4:06 PM ET
By Benjamin Hill / MLB.com
In the 2010 MiLB.com Awards voting, the starters have come to a finish.
The polls were open for the past week, allowing fans worldwide to cast a vote for their favored starting pitcher at all levels of play (short-season through Triple-A). After seven days of fast and furious voting, much of it driven by vigorous team-led campaigns, the results are in.
Triple-A: Brandon Dickson, Memphis Redbirds (11-8, 3.23 ERA)
Double-A: Elih Villanueva, Jacksonville Suns (14-4, 2.26 ERA)
Class A Advanced: Anthony Bass, Lake Elsinore Storm (8-7, 3.13)
Class A: Matt Magill, Great Lakes Loons (7-4, 3.28 ERA) This marked Magill's first full-season campaign, but if the grind of five-month season wore on him, he certainly didn't show it. The former 31st-round Draft pick pitched more innings and compiled a lower ERA after the All-Star break than before it, greatly aiding the Loons in their impressive march to a Minor League-best 90 wins. Magill struck out 135 batters over just 126 1/3 innings of work, and kept opposing hitters below the Mendoza Line (.194). He was particularly effective within the confines of his home park, going 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA over 10 starts at Great Lakes' Dow Diamond. Magill accumulated a whopping 57 percent of the vote, more than double that of his closest competitor.
Class A Short-Season: Yohan Almonte (8-1, 1.91 ERA) The Cyclones compiled the best winning percentage in all of short-season baseball in 2010, and Almonte was a big reason why. The 20-year-old, signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, led the league with a 1.91 ERA while pacing the Cyclones with eight victories. Almonte racked up four times as many strikeouts (60) as he did walks (15), and didn't allow an earned run in seven of his 15 starts. The ultra-lanky righty (listed as 6'1", 150 pounds) posted the only nine-inning complete game shutout in the New York-Penn League, scattering six hits in a dominating win over Connecticut on August 28. Almonte got 44 percent of the overall vote, triumphing in a close race over Bristol's Spencer Arroyo (37 percent) and handily beating rotation-mate Angel Cuan (14 percent).