What do we have here? A little lefty who was very effective both as a reliever in the first half and as a starter in the second. Cuan finished second on the Gnats in innings pitched, and for what it's worth (next to nothing) first in wins at 10.
Statistically, the most impressive thing about Cuan is that he throws strikes, lots and lots of them. He walked just 1.16 batters per nine innings pitched.
Cuan serves to illustrate a great point about the divergence between having a really good season and being a really good prospect. He throws 86-88 and strikes with two breaking balls - a curve and a change. There isn't an average MLB pitch in there, but the ability to throw two off-speed pitches for strikes is more than enough to get SAL hitters out.
Other Good Candidates
On the pitching side, Taylor Whitenton led the SAL in ERA, and would have been a fine candidate.
Chase Huchingson was really good (1.82 ERA, 91 K, 84 IP) but threw only 84 innings, 40 fewer than Cuan.
No position players were serious candidates.
Cory Vaughn and his .405 SAL OBP only played 63 games for Savannah on his way to earning a promotion at the All-Star Break. Albert Cordero (.286/.324/.382 - 385 AB, 104 G) was the most deserving of the position players, but he too, like Vaughn only was really good for half a season as he hit .330/.373/.439 in the second half after hitting .219/.248/.297 in the first half.