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Saturday, September 18, 2010
Red Sox award top minor league players

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox announced the winners of the organization's 2010 minor league awards, and the seven recipients will behonored in a pregame ceremony Saturday night.

The honorees are selected by the Red Sox baseball operations department and minor league roving instructors. Here are the award winners (statistics provided by the Red Sox):

Pitcher of the Year: LHP Felix Doubront, Double-A Portland/Triple-A Pawtucket: The 22-year-old who signed with the Red Sox in 2004 as an international free agent went 8-3 with 75 strikeouts, 25 ER and a 2.81 ERA in 80 IP over 17 games (16 starts) between Portland and Pawtucket. He made three starts in 12 games with the Red Sox in his major league debut. He held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his 14 minor league starts. He went 4-0 with a 2.51 ERA (12 ER/43.0 IP) after being Portland’s Opening Day starter. He was promoted on May 20 to Pawtucket, where he went 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA (13 ER/37.0 IP).

Offensive Co-Player of the Year: 1B Anthony Rizzo, Single-A Salem/Double-A Portland: Rizzo hit .260 (138-for-531) with 42 doubles, 25 homers, 100 RBIs and 61 walks in 136 games between Salem and Portland. The 21-year-old led the Red Sox minor leagues in home runs and ranked second in RBIs. He sset a franchise record for the Sea Dogs with 32 RBIs in August. Rizzo was selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for August 2-8, batting .444 (12-for-27) with four doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in that span. He was Boston’s seventh pick (sixth round, 204th overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Offensive Co-Player of the Year: C Ryan Lavarnway, Single-A Salem/Double-A Portland: The 23-year-old Batted .288 (133-for-462) with 27 doubles, 22 home runs, 70 walks and 102 RBIs in 126 games with Salem and Portland. He led Boston’s minor league system in RBIs and ranked second in homers, and was named Player of the Week in both the Carolina League (April 8-18) and Eastern League (August 23-29). He was named to both the Carolina League mid-season and post-season All-Star teams Lavarnway was elected as the eighth pick by the Red Sox (sixth round, 202nd overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Defensive Player of the Year: OF Che-Hsuan Lin, Double-A Portland: He committed just three errors in 338 chances for a .991 fielding percentage over 118 games between right field (four games) and center field (114 games) for Portland. The 21-year-old hit .275 (126-for-458) with 17 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 34 RBIs and 72 walks in 119 games with the Sea Dogs. He was signed as an international free agent in 2007.

Base Runner of the Year: OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, Single-A Greenville: Hazelbaker led the Red Sox organization with 63 stolen bases, the most in a season by a Boston farmhand since Gus Burgess stole 68 bases in 1981. The 23-year-old outfielder was caught stealing 17 times for a 78.8 percent success rate. He hit .267 (118-for-442) with 29 doubles, nine triples, 12 home runs, 59 walks and 62 RBI. He was named a South Atlantic League post-season All-Star for the 2010 season. Hazelbaker was Boston’s fourth pick (fourth round, 138th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Minor League Latin Program Pitcher of the Year: RHP Raul Alcantara, Rookie-Level DSL Red Sox: The 17-year-old went 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA (22 ER/60.1 IP) in 13 starts for the DSL Red Sox, tying for the team high in wins and ranking second in innings. He finished 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA (3 ER/21.0 IP) and 17 strikeouts over his last four starts, and was named to the 2010 DSL All-Star team.

Minor League Latin Program Player of the Year: SS Xander Bogaerts, Rookie-Level DSL Red Sox: The 17-year-old hit .314 (75-for-239) with seven doubles, five triples, three home runs, 42 RBIs and 30 walks in 63 games for the DSL Red Sox. He led the club in batting average, hits, homers, RBIs, total bases (101) and slugging (.423) and was named to the 2010 DSL All-Star team.