By Wade Haugen
Tyler Lyons, pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
This season proved to be a career year for Tyler Lyons. Lyons, who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2010, finished the season 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA. He threw 54 innings out of the bullpen and had 68 strikeouts with a 1.09 WHIP. The Cardinals had a disappointing season as they missed the playoffs, but it wasn’t due to Lyons’ shortcomings.
Tyler Buffett, pitcher, Billings Mustangs (Cincinnati Reds)
Tyler Buffett didn’t disappoint in his first short stint of pro ball to end the summer. After being drafted in the sixth round in June, Buffett was sent to rookie ball, where he finished 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA. Over 44.1 innings pitched, opponents hit .285 off Buffett, who struck out 34 over that stretch. Buffett also came out of the bullpen to close out some games, finishing with three saves.
Blake Battenfield, pitcher, Great Falls Voyagers (Chicago White Sox)
The 2017 season was up-and-down for Blake Battenfield. The 17th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox finished 1-4 with a 4.88 ERA. However, over his final 10 games, Battenfield had a 3.50 ERA. He also finished the season throwing 4.2 consecutive scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Battenfield will look to build off this strong finish in February when spring training begins.