Peacock, d'Arnaud rise to the top

Eastern League honors Jays catching prospect as MVP

Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .317 with 19 homers and 71 RBIs. (Brace Hemmelgarn/

By Staff | August 26, 2011 4:46 PM ET

New Hampshire Fisher Cats catcher Travis d'Arnaud and Harrisburg Senators right-hander Brad Peacock were recognized Friday for their summer-long dominance in the Eastern League.

d'Arnaud, a Blue Jays prospect, was named MVP. He's batting .317 (126-for-398) with 32 doubles, 19 homers, 71 RBIs, 70 runs scored and a league-best .545 slugging percentage. The 22-year-old also leads all active Eastern Leaguers with a .923 OPS.

Peacock posted a league-best 10 wins before earning a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse. The Nationals' top pitching prospect is 14-3 with a 2.48 ERA between the two levels and is tied for second in wins in the Minors. He ranks sixth with 170 strikeouts.

Peacock twice won Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors and threw a scoreless frame for the U.S. team in the All-Star Futures Game. He won seven decisions over eight starts in one stretch, prompting the promotion to Triple-A, where he's 4-1 with a 3.56 ERA.

Both d'Arnaud and Peacock were named to the Eastern League postseason All-Star team, which was announced Thursday.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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