Indians Announce 2011 Minor League Pitcher/Player Of The Year

CLEVELAND, OH  –  The Cleveland Indians today announced the club’s Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards.   RHP CHEN-CHANG LEE has been named the 2011 Bob Feller Award recipient while INF JASON KIPNIS has been given the 2011 Lou Boudreau Award.

Lee, 25, was outstanding between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus in 2011, going a combined 6-1 with a save and 2.40 ERA in 44 relief appearances (71.1IP, 53H, 19ER, 23BB, 99SO).  He averaged 12.5 strikeouts per 9.0IP and limited Minor League hitters to a .210 (53-252) average against with 3HR allowed. On the season right-handed batters hit .197 (28-142) off him with just 4 extra base hits.  After beginning the season in Akron (2.50ERA, 23 games), he was promoted to Columbus on June 22 where he finished the year by going 4-0 w/a 2.27 ERA in 21 games (31.2IP, 26H, 8ER, 43SO) and recorded an ERA of 1.29 in 4 Triple- A playoff appearances (7.0IP, 3H, 1R/ER, 4BB, 7SO). 

Lee hails from the island nation of Taiwan and was signed as an amateur by the Indians in September of 2008.  He owns a three-year Minor League career record of 15-11 w/a 3.01 ERA in 133 relief appearances (227.1IP, 179H, 76ER, 14HR, 73BB, 278SO), averaging 11.0 strikeouts per 9.0IP over the span.  He pitched for the Taiwanese National Team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Kipnis, who also won the award in 2010, spent the first three and half months of the 2011 season at Triple-A Columbus, hitting .280 (96-343) with 16 doubles, 9 triples, 55RBI in 92 games. He also scored 65 runs and stole 12 bases in 13 attempts. At this time of his July 22 promotion to Cleveland he was leading the International League in triples (9), was 2nd in runs (65), tied for 12th in hits (92) and RBI (55) and was 16th in OPS (.846).  He homered in the July 10 XM Futures Game, hit lead-off in the Triple-A All-Star Game and was named to the IL Postseason All-Star Team and was a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star selection.

The 2009 second round pick out of Arizona State University went on to hit .272 (37-136) with Cleveland over the final two months of the season with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 7HR & 19RBI in 36 games (.841OPS).   He and VICTOR MARTINEZ are the only Indians position players to win the award in consecutive seasons (award began in 1990).

BOB FELLER WINNERS

1990 Charles Nagy      1991 Mike Soper

1992 Chad Ogea         1993 John Carter

1994 Steve Kline          1995 Danny Graves

1996 Danny Graves    1997 Marc Deschenes

1998 David Riske        1999 Robert Pugmire

2000 Jason Stanford   2001 Mike Bacsik

2002 Billy Traber          2003 Fausto Carmona

2004 Adam Miller         2005 Jeremy Sowers

2006 Adam Miller         2007 Aaron Laffey

2008 David Huff           2009 Hector Rondon

2010 Alex White           2011 Chen-Chang Lee

 

 

LOU BOUDREAU WINNERS

1990 Jim Thome          1991 Manny Ramirez

1992 Ken Ramos         1993 Jim Thome

1994 David Bell            1995 Richie Sexson

1996 Russ Branyan     1997 Sean Casey

1998 Alex Ramirez       1999 Scott Morgan

2000 Billy Munoz         2001 Victor Martinez

2002 Victor Martinez    2003 Grady Sizemore

2004 Ryan Garko        2005 Ryan Mulhern

2006 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2007 Asdrubal Cabrera

2008 Beau Mills            2009 Carlos Santana

2010 Jason Kipnis      2011 Jason Kipnis