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2016/17 ABL award winners announced
Brisbane's Aaron Whitefield claims Helms Award
12/21/2017 9:19 PM ET
Brisbane's Aaron Whitefield was named the 2016/17 Helms Award winner last night (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Brisbane's Aaron Whitefield was named the 2016/17 Helms Award winner last night (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

The Australian Baseball League announced its 2016/17 season award winners at a presentation during Thursday night's All-Star Game at Melbourne Ballpark.

Brisbane outfielder Aaron Whitefield claimed the Helms Award - given to the league's Most Valuable Player - following an outstanding season as the Bandits completed back-to-back Claxton Shield successes.

Whitefield, 21, led the league for hits (53), runs (34), stolen bases (20) and tied with Mitch Dening for total bases (77).

He was second for batting average (.338) behind Dening, who was named Silver Slugger after leading the ABL with a .340 average in 39 games for Adelaide.

The Bite were the big winners with Jordan McArdle claiming Rookie of the Year and Loek van Mil named Reliever of the Year.

McArdle finished the season with a batting average of .278 and hit three home runs in 27 games for Adelaide.

Van Mil was a standout in the Adelaide bullpen during the 2016/17 season, compiling an ERA of 0.40 in18 relief appearances.

The 216cm right-hander recorded eight saves and allowed just one earned run in 22 1/3 innings.

Melbourne starter Mark Hamburger collected the Pitching Champion award after leading the Aces to the ABL Championship Series.

Hamburger led the league for ERA (1.90), wins (five) and strikeouts (86).

Melbourne catcher Allan de San Miguel was named Gold Glove.

He recorded a fielding percentage of .996 and threw out 10 of 23 base stealers.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.