The Colorado Rockies announced today that right-handed pitcher Antonio Senzatela has been named the Doug Million Minor League Player of the Year. Additionally, Latin America Field Coordinator Edison Lora has been named the recipient of the second annual P.J. Carey Player Development Award.
Senzatela, 21, spent the entirety of the 2015 season with High-A Modesto, where he went 9-9 with a league-leading 2.51 ERA (154.0 IP, 43 ER), the best in the California League in more than a decade. He also led the league with a 1.06 WHIP and placed second with 143 strikeouts en route to being named the California League Pitcher of the Year. He was also named a California League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star and garnered Baseball America High Class-A All-Star honors. In four years as a professional, Senzatela is 37-18 with a 2.49 ERA (454.2 IP, 126 ER), 99 walks and 333 strikeouts.
Lora enters his tenth season as the Latin America Field Coordinator. In this position, he is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the development process in the Dominican Republic. He also assists the organization's pitching director and pitching coordinator during Spring Training and Instructional League programs. Prior to his current position, he served as the Dominican Summer League pitching coach from 1999 to 2006. Lora was originally signed by the Rockies in 1995 and played three seasons in the Minor Leagues.
The Doug Million Award has been awarded annually to the most outstanding Minor League player in the Rockies system since 1992. Past winners include Todd Helton (1997), Brad Hawpe (2002) and Jeff Francis (2004).
The P.J. Carey Player Development Award is given to a top player development staff member in the Rockies organization in honor of the beloved longtime Rockies coach, who passed away in 2012. Carey spent 13 of his 22-season Minor League managing career at the helm of the Rockies Rookie and Single-A teams and was named Manager of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2005. He also served as the Rockies Major League bullpen coach in 1997.