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.