The Seattle Mariners Minor League Awards were announced yesterday – here are the winners:
Player Of The Year: shortstop Chris Taylor, who started the season at Class-A High Desert and was promoted mid-season to Double-A Jackson. Combined, Taylor hit.314 with eight home runs and 60 RBI. Taylor drew 84 walks, stole 38 bases, and scored 108 runs – a total which ranked third in all of minor league baseball. I expect to see Taylor in Tacoma next year – if not on Opening Day, then at some point midway through the season.
Pitcher Of The Year: no surprise here, it’s Taijuan Walker all the way. Walker made 25 minor league starts between Jackson and Tacoma, posting a 2.93 ERA with 160 strikeouts in 141.1 innings pitched. Walker will compete for a spot in the Mariners starting rotation next spring.
Relief Pitcher Of The Year: Jackson right-hander Carson Smith gets the nod, posting a 1.80 ERA with 15 saves in 44 games. I thought we might see him in Tacoma during the 2013 season, but he got off to a slow start before really clicking in the second half, so the Mariners decided to leave him in Jackson and let him have a successful season. We’ll see him in 2014.
Heart and Soul Award: Tacoma’s Abraham Almonte receives the honor for “exemplary play and leadership.” Almonte hit .300 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases in 123 games between Jackson and Tacoma. He played 93 of those games for Tacoma, ranking fourth in the PCL with a .403 on-base percentage. He’s in the big leagues right now.
Broadcaster Of The Year: Tacoma’s own ok that one doesn’t exist.
- On Thursday, Larry Stone of the Seattle Times wrote a column about the future of Mariners manager Eric Wedge.
- Today, John McGrath shared his opinion on Wedge’s future with the team.
- Geoff Baker writes that Hisashi Iwakuma deserves to get some Cy Young Award votes.
- Here at Cheney Stadium, we’re getting an experimental new eco-friendly parking lot, courtesy of a Department of Ecology grant. It sounds like an interesting project.
- Baseball America subscribers can read this list of top prospects in the Northwest League. Several Everett Aqua Sox made the cut.
- Taijuan Walker comes in at No. 4 on John Sickel’s post-season list of baseball’s top 75 prospects.
- I’m pretty sure this was written just to torment me: there is a new book listing the 501 baseball books fans must read before they die. Too much pressure!
- Speaking of lists, you can entertain yourself for a while watching/listening to the 10 Greatest Baseball Comedy Bits.
Enjoy the weekend!