Astros announce Minor League MVPs
The Astros player development department announced the 2011 Most Valuable Players for the team’s eight minor league affiliates on Wednesday. The MVPs, selected by the field staff of each team, will be recognized next Spring Training amongst their peers.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Infielder Anderson Hernandez, 28, hit .300 (153-for-510) in 136 games and posted a franchise record 30-game hit streak, which lasted from Aug. 2-Sept. 2. His hitting streak was the longest in the PCL since 2004 and also tied for the 10th-longest in PCL history. He hit .365 (72-for-197) after the All-Star Break with a .430 on-base percentage. The switch-hitting Hernandez played all over the infield for the RedHawks, appearing in 63 games at second base, 48 games at shortstop and 41 at third base. He was originally acquired by Houston off waivers from Cleveland on July 21, 2010.
Double-A Corpus Christi
Infielder r Jimmy Paredes, 22, hit .270 (104-for-385) with 22 doubles, 10 home runs, and 29 stolen bases in 93 games. Paredes was recalled by Houston on August 1 to make his Major League debut and has gone on to hit .299 (46-for-154) with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games as the Astros primary third baseman. A 2011 Texas League All-Star, the switch-hitting Paredes had never played above Class A prior to this season. He was originally acquired by Houston along with reliever Mark Melancon from the New York Yankees in exchange for infielder Lance Berkman on July 31, 2010.
Class A Lancaster
Outfielder Austin Wates, 23, finished his second professional season hitting .300 (158-for-526) with 38 extra-base hits, 75 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. The right-handed hitting outfielder finished the season in the top 10 of the California League in hits (158, T-6th) and batting average (T-9th) and led his club in runs scored (85) and RBIs. He was a third-round pick of the Astros in 2010 .
Class A Lexington
Outfielder Emilio King, 22, finished his 2011 campaign with a .293 average (106-for-362), 24 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBIs to earn MVP honors. After beginning his season in extended Spring Training, King joined the Legends in May and went on to hit .400 (30-for-75) with 12 RBIs in 21 May games. He also had a big August, posting a .337 (30-for-89) average en route to Lexington’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Month Award. King was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in July of 2006.
Infielder Matthew Duffy, 22, hit .298 (70-for-235) with 20 doubles and 37 RBIs in 63 games as the ValleyCats primary third baseman. Duffy, a 20th-round selection out of Tennessee in 2011 , signed with Houston on June 10 and began his season by winning Tri-City’s Offensive Player of the Month for July in his first full month in professional baseball. He went on to be named a NYPL All-Star and led his club in runs scored (36) and doubles (20), while finishing second in hits and RBI.
Outfielder Jordan Scott, 19, hit .337 (83-for-246) with 12 doubles, 31 RBIs and a .388 on-base percentage in 60 games for the Astros to earn team MVP honors. Scott also played 14 games for Lexington and five games for Tri-City this season, combining to hit .323 (100-for-310) with 15 doubles, four triples and 43 RBs in 79 games. He was a 14th-round pick out of high school in 2010 .
Infielder Yonathan Mejia, 19, earned team MVP honors by hitting .329 (48-for-146) with 25 RBIs in 40 games. He played primarily second base, but saw most of his at-bats as the club’s designated hitter. He led the club in batting average and hits, in what was his second professional season after being signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in July of 2009.
Dominican Summer League
Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, 18, hit .274 (62-for-226) average with 13 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 35 RBIs in 65 games, in what was his first professional season. Hernandez led his club in doubles, triples and home runs and tied for the club lead in RBIs.