The Baltimore Orioles today have announced that their minor league awards, and they are:
- Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year: L.J. Hoes (Norfolk/Bowie)
- Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Dylan Bundy (Bowie/Frederick/Delmarva)
- Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award: Trent Howard (Frederick/Delmarva)
The fantastically named L.J. Hoes started the year with the Bowie Baysox, where .265/.368/.372 in 51 games and was then promoted to the Norfolk Tides, where he hit .300/.374/.397 in 82 games. Hoes’ 147 hits were the 3rd-most and his 65 walks were the 4th-most in the organization. Hoes was called up to the Orioles on September 11th but we haven't seen him in action yet.
Dylan Bundy, him we've seen in the majors. Drafted in 2011, Bundy started the season dominating the SAL league, notching a 0.00 ERA in 8 starts with the Delmarva Shorebirds. He made 12 starts for the Frederick Keys with a 10.4 K/9 and a 3.67 K/BB. Upon his promotion to the Bowie Baysox, where he made three starts, he wasn't quite as good. But he was also a 19-year-old in AA, and he was still pretty awesome.
In related news, Jim Palmer is reportedly not amused at the rumors regarding the changing of the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award to the Dylan Bundy Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.*
From what I can tell, the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award is the equivalent of winning Miss Congeniality. No offense to Trent Howard, who sounds like a lovely young man. From the Orioles press release:
LHP TRENT HOWARD has been named this year’s recipient of the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award. Howard, the Orioles’ seventh-round pick in 2011 out of Central Michigan University, has displayed outstanding character both on and off the field. He was part of numerous appearances in the community (approximately 30 hours’ worth) including baseball camps around Frederick and Washington D.C. Howard also attended library reading events, charity walks and visits.
Congrats to the winners, hopefully you'll all be regular contributors to the Baltimore Orioles one day soon.
*this paragraph not necessarily based on facts.