The Crimson Sox introduced their minor league award winners on Monday, honoring the standout performers within the farm system this yr.
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Outfielder Roman Anthony, the Sox’ No. 2 prospect and the Nineteenth-ranked prospect in baseball by Baseball America, was the group’s Offensive Participant of the Yr after his outstanding rise to change into the primary Sox teenager to succeed in Double A Portland since Xander Bogaerts in 2012. Anthony hit .294/.412/.569 with 12 homers and 29 extra-base hits in 54 video games with Excessive A Greenville, sufficient to earn him a promotion and additional nationwide prospect prominence.
Anthony dazzled in his transient season-ending stint in Portland, slashing a .343/.477/.543 line with a 1.020 OPS in 10 video games, laying a powerful basis for opening 2024 in Double A.
Infielder David Hamilton claimed Defensive Participant of the Yr after making his debut with the big-league ballclub this season. The 25-year-old by no means actually discovered a rhythm on the plate, however contributed together with his glove when referred to as upon to play shortstop earlier than Trevor Story’s return from damage.
Righthander Wikelman Gonzalez took residence Beginning Pitcher of the Yr. The Venezuelan’s numbers in Greenville early within the season weren’t notably spectacular, however the group noticed sufficient to advertise him to Double A Portland in July, the place he thrived. Gonzalez posted a 2.42 ERA in 10 begins there, placing out 63 batters in simply 48 ⅓ innings, and tossed the primary six innings of a mixed Sea Canine no-hitter on July 23.
Aid Pitcher of the Yr went to righty Luis Guerrero, who tossed 49 ⅔ innings for Portland with a 1.81 ERA earlier than a rocky late-season promotion to Triple A Worcester.
Speedy Ceddanne Rafaela, who reached the majors on the finish of August, was the Sox’ Baserunner of the Yr after swiping 37 bases throughout three completely different ranges in 2023.
Infielder Yoeilin Cespedes was named Latin Program Place Participant of the Yr. Simply 17 years outdated through the season — he turned 18 on Sept. 8 — the diminutive Dominican flashed his appreciable offensive upside with a .346/.392/.560 slash line within the Dominican Summer season League.
The Latin Program Pitcher of the Yr was Gilberto Batista, who held opponents to a .228 batting common within the Dominican Summer season League.
Lefthander Brandon Walter took residence the Lou Gorman Award, given yearly to a Sox minor leaguer who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles whereas working his option to the majors. The 27-year-old made his big-league debut on June 22.
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