Monday, September 14, 2009

Alabamian named top Atlanta minor-league pitcher

Huntsville native Craig Kimbrel has been named Atlanta's organizational pitcher of the year, while outfielder Jason Heyward is the Braves' player of the year. Kimbrel was at Wallace State-Hanceville Community College and had signed with Alabama before being drafted last year. Both Kimbrel and Heyward were with the Mississippi Braves this season.

Gadsden native Kyle Cofield won the pitcher's award for Mississippi. Outfielder Matt Young was Mississippi's top position player.

The Braves, who announced the awards Monday, host the winners Friday for a pregame autograph session and ceremony.

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