Roll out the red carpet. It’s time for the 2009 MiLBY Awards which awarded to the best performances in the minor leagues this year.
You can find the complete coverage of the MiLBYs on mlb.com
A couple awards of note:
Dan Hudson who pitched for the White Sox organization (and actually made it to the bigs for a quick cup of coffee late in the year) won the award for best overall pitcher. He did so thanks to a 2.32 ERA and a 14-5. Want a more impressive stat? He struck out 166 and walked only 34 for a 4.88 K/BB ratio.
David Cales is someone who I’m looking forward to seeing in a Cub uniform. For Single-A Daytona, he had a 0.78 ERA in 37 games which got him the Best Reliever in Class A Advanced. It may not be too long before we see him… he’s already made it to AA Tennessee.
Speaking of Daytona, Catcher Robinson Chirinos who also plays for them, won the MiLBY award for Best Single Game Performance at the Class A Advanced level. On May 31, the Venezuelan native hit two grand slams to help the Daytona Cubs to a 11-3 victory over Sarasota. That’s the second time that’s happened in the Florida State League history.
The Best Team award went to Padre Class A affiliate Fort Wayne Tin Caps. They won over 100 games (a 101-48 record to be precise) which in the minors, is pretty dang rare. By the way, their manager? Former Cubs speedster Doug Dascenzo.
The Best Hitter award will be announced sometime today.