Junis highlights Royals' Minor League Awards

Righty named Triple-A Pitcher of the Year; infielder Schwindel earns Player of the Year honors

Junis highlights Royals' Minor League Awards

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Tuesday name their Minor Leaguer Players and Pitchers of the Year, and all those named will be at Kauffman Stadium on Friday for an on-field ceremony.

Triple-A Omaha
Infielder Frank Schwindel, 25, was named the Player of the Year. He set career highs in doubles (43), home runs (23) and RBIs (97) in 133 games between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Omaha, leading Royals farmhands in doubles and RBIs.

Right-hander Jakob Junis, 25, was named the Pitcher of the Year. He went 3-5 with a 2.92 ERA in 12 starts, recording 86 strikeouts (10.9 K/9) and just 15 walks (0.8 BB/9). He matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in seven innings on May 26 at Nashville, tying the Omaha record (since 1998).

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Double-A Northwest Arkansas
Outfielder Donnie Dewees, 23, was named Player of the Year. He hit .272 with 24 doubles and a career-high nine home runs in 126 games, and he tied for third among Texas League players in triples (six) while ranking sixth in stolen bases (20) and ninth in runs (67).

Left-hander Foster Griffin, 22, was named Pitcher of the Year. He went 11-5 with a 3.61 ERA in 18 starts following a promotion from Wilmington.

Class A Advanced Wilmington
Shortstop Nicky Lopez, 22, was named Player of the Year. He hit .295 with a .376 on-base percentage in 70 games before his promotion to Northwest Arkansas on June 26.

Left-hander Richard Lovelady, 22, was named Pitcher of the Year. He went 1-0 with seven saves, a 1.08 ERA and 41 strikeouts (11.1 K/9) to just four walks (1.1 BB/9) in 21 appearances, earning Carolina League All-Star honors before his promotion to Northwest Arkansas on June 26.

Class A Lexington
Third baseman Emmanuel Rivera, 21, was named Player of the Year. He hit .310/.364/.468 to lead the South Atlantic League in batting average and hits, and he ranked fifth in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Right-hander Jace Vines, 23, was named Pitcher of the Year. He went 9-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 19 appearances (14 starts), earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors before his promotion to Wilmington on Aug. 28.

Rookie-level Idaho Falls
First baseman Robby Rinn, 24, was named Player of the Year. He hit .355/.429/.511 with 30 extra-base hits and 59 RBIs in 69 games for the Chukars, and he ranked among the Pioneer League leaders in hits (first), doubles (22, first), runs (58, tied for second) and RBIs (tied for third).

Right-hander Janser Lara, 21, was named Pitcher of the Year. In his first season stateside, he went 4-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 57 strikeouts (9.8 K/9) in 12 appearances (10 starts), earning Pioneer League All-Star honors. Lara was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on July 3, 2015.

Rookie-level Burlington
Outfielder Michael Gigliotti, 21, was named Player of the Year. He hit .329/.442/.477 in 42 games and ranked among Appalachian League leaders in on-base percentage (third), stolen bases (15, third), walks (32, third) and batting average (sixth).

Right-hander Sal Biasi, 21, was named Pitcher of the Year. After starting his season with four appearances for Surprise, he went 3-2 with a 2.44 ERA and a .186 opponents' average in nine outings (seven starts) with Burlington.

Rookie-level Surprise
First baseman Nick Pratto, 18, was named Player of the Year. He hit .247 with 22 extra-base hits and 34 RBIs in 52 games and ranked first among Arizona League players with five sacrifice flies. Pratto was the Royals' first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2017 Draft.

Right-hander Charlie Neuweiler, 18, was named Pitcher of the Year. He went 3-3 with a 1.76 ERA and a .192 opponents' average in 12 appearances (five starts).

Dominican Summer League
Infielder Rubendy Jaquez, 18, was named Player of the Year. He hit .267 with a .362 on-base percentage and led the team in games (62), at-bats, stolen bases (19) and total bases (71).

Right-hander Delvin Capellan, 18, was named Pitcher of the Year. The first-year player went 3-2 with a 0.48 ERA and 48 strikeouts to just three walks (16.0 K/BB) in 12 starts.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.