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September 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

D.J. Peterson heads the list of Mariners’ minor league award winners

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The Mariners announced their minor league awards for the 2014 season – and few  things stood out, specifically right-handed hitting and power arms.

Right-handed hitters D.J. Peterson, Jordy Lara and Patrick Kivlehan were rewarded for the monster seasons with Class A High Desert and Class AA Jackson.

Peterson and Lara were named co-players of the year, while Kivlehan picked up the organization’s Unsung Hero award.

Peterson, the top Mariners’ top hitting, prospect posted a .297/.360/.552 slash line with 31 doubles, 31 homers and 111 RBI in 123 games. He was one of just five minor league players to hit more than 30 homers and drive in 100 runs in the season. (video)

At 23, Lara finally put together a full season of success and avoid nagging injuries. Lara’s slash line of .331/.392/.597 to go with 40 doubles, 26 homers and 104 RBI was the best of his career. (video)

“Power and plate discipline,” said Mariners’ director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara.

Kivlehan, a former football player for Rutgers, continues to exceed expectations. He was promoted to Jackson after 34 games with High Desert. The tougher competition didn’t faze him. In 104 games with the Generals, he posted a .300/.374/.485 line with 23 doubles, seven triples, 11 homers and 68 RBI while playing first base, third base and all three outfield positions. (video)

“He’s a tough, tough kid,” McNamara said.

Right-handers Jordan Pries and Edwin Diaz were named the co-starting pitchers of the years, while right-hander Matt Brazis was named reliever of the year.

Both Diaz and Brazis have mid 90s fastballs, while Pries is more of a control pitcher.

Pries posted a 9-8 record with a 4.06 ERA in Class AAA Tacoma. They’re solid numbers considering the hitter-friendly, high-altitude parks in the league. In 142 innings pitched, Pries struck out 111 batters and walked just 53.

Diaz is just 20 years old and went 6-8 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts for Class A Clinton. In 116 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out 111 batters and walked 42.

Brazis, a 28th round pick of the 2012 draft out of Boston College, worked a combined 40 relief outings between High Desert and Jackson. He posted a 4-1 record with a 2.36 ERA and five saves. In 72 1/3 innings, Brazis struck out 84 hitters with just 18 walks.

Slick infielder Ketel Marte was given the Heart  & Soul award. Marte spent most of the season in Jackson, posting a .304/.329/.404 line with 32 doubles, six triples and 29 stolen bases.

 

 

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