The Orioles today announced the winners of their player development and scouting awards for 2016, including C CHANCE SISCO as the club's top minor league player and LHP DONNIE HART as the club's top minor league pitcher. The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony on Saturday, September 17, before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays, with awards presented by Orioles Director of Minor League Operations KENT QUALLS and Director of Scouting GARY RAJSICH.
Sisco, the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, played in 116 games between Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie. Over 112 games with the Baysox, he batted .320/.406/.422 (131-for-410) with 28 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 44 RBI, and 53 runs scored. He led the club in doubles (28), finished second on the team in hits (131), and ranked third in total bases (173). A Baseball America Double-A Classification All-Star, Sisco led the Eastern League with a .406 on-base percentage and ranked fourth with a .320 batting average. He was named an Eastern League Mid-Season and Post-season All-Star with the Baysox and was also selected to Baseball America's All-Prospect Team for April after batting .321/.465/.411 (18-for-56) with five doubles and 10 RBI in the month. Sisco was rated by Baseball America as having the best strike-zone judgment in the Eastern League and went 1-for-2 with a solo home run as a member of the United States team in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Sisco was selected by the Orioles in the second round (No. 61 overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Hart, the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, went 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA (14 ER/46.1 IP), four saves, and a career-high 50 strikeouts over 40 games with Double-A Bowie this season. Hart posted a 1.036 WHIP with the Baysox, walking just seven batters. He was named an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star with the Baysox and had his contract selected by the Orioles on July 15. Hart made his Major League debut on July 17, at Tampa Bay, fanning Kevin Kiermaier for his first Major League strikeout. Over 16 games with the Orioles this season, Hart has tossed 13.2 scoreless innings, holding left-handed hitters to a .172 batting average (5-for-29). Hart was selected by the Orioles in the 27th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
INF DREW DOSCH has been named this year's recipient of the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award. Dosch, selected by the Orioles in the seventh round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Youngstown State University, was an enthusiastic instructor during three youth baseball camp programs conducted by the Bowie Baysox this season, coaching kids ages 6-14 in hitting and fielding drills. Along with assisting in other community outreach efforts offered by the Baysox, Dosch also could be seen interacting with fans before each Baysox home game, signing autographs, taking pictures, and speaking with children.