Friday, September 18, 2009

Jennings, Hellickson take top Tampa Bay honors

Outfielder Desmond Jennings and pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, who spent most of the season with the Biscuits, won Tampa Bay's top minor-league awards this year.

Jennings, the Southern League's most valuable player, was the Rays' player of the year and Hellickson was the pitcher of the year.

Jennings hit a combined .318 between Montgomery and Triple-A Durham with 11 home runs, 62 RBIs and 92 runs scored. He had a .401 on-base percentage and was 52-of-59 on steals. The 22-year-old is from Pinson Valley.

Hellickson was a combined 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 114 innings between Montgomery and Durham. He held hitters to a .178 average and averaged 10.42 strikeouts per nine innings. The 22-year-old missed six weeks with a shoulder strain.

Durham: OF Jon Weber
Montgomery: CF Desmond Jennings
Charlotte: LHP Darin Downs
Bowling Green: LHP Matt Moore
Hudson Valley: RHP Alex Colome
Princeton: OF Cody Rogers
GCL: RHP Wilmer Almonte
Dominican: OF Edward Dorville
Venezuela: IF Hector Guevara

Some stats from the Dominican and Venezuela winners (the others have been previously chronicled here) ...

Dorville hit .304 with 37 RBIs and 44 runs scored. He led the Dominican Summer League with a .549 slugging percentage and paced the team in hits, home runs (nine), triples (six) and runs scored. He's 20 years old.

Guevara, 17, had a .330 average to rank fifth in the Venezuela Summer League with eight homers and 36 RBIs. His .534 slugging percentage was fourth in the league.

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