Thursday, September 23, 2010

Owens, Presley Minor League Players of the Year

In no surprise, the Pirates announced that Alex Presley and Rudy Owens were their Minor league Player and Pitcher of the Year, per Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette.

Presley, 25, had a meteoric rise through the system, starting as a reserve outfielder at Altoona and finishing in Pittsburgh during September. He hit a combined .320/12/85 in the minors this season after failing to crack the .260 mark in 2008-09 in High Class A at Lynchburg.

It's the second straight year that Owens, 22, was honored by Pittsburgh. The lefty was 12-6 for the Curve in 2010 with a 2.46 ERA and 132 K's in 150 innings after posting an 11-2 slate with a 2.10 ERA for West Virginia and Lynchburg in 2009.

The 6'3", 215-pounder was rated the ninth-best prospect in the Pirates organization by Baseball America entering the season, thanks greatly to his pinpoint command.

Both should start 2011 at Indy.

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