Mariners Announce 2014 Minor League Award Winners

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Executive VP & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn announced today the Mariners Minor League Awards for the 2014 season:

Co-Players of the Year

D.J. Peterson (3B/1B: 2013 - 1st round - University of New Mexico)

Jordy Lara (OF/1B: 2008 - Dominican Republic)

Peterson hit .297 (147x495) with 83 runs scored, 31 doubles, 1 triple, 31 home runs, 111 RBI, 45 walks and 7 stolen base in 123 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. He was 1 of 5 minor league players to record a season of 30 or more home runs and 100 or more RBI, joining Kris Bryant-CHI (43 HR/110 RBI), Marquez Smith-CIN (38 HR/131 RBI), Steven Moya-DET (35 HR/105 RBI) and Joey Gallo-TEX (42 HR/106 RBI).

Lara combined to bat .337 (177x525) with 91 runs, 40 doubles, 5 triples, 26 home runs and 104 RBI in 135 games with High Desert and Jackson. He was T3rd in the minors with 71 extra-base hits, while also ranking 6th in RBI and 10th in slugging percentage (.581).

Unsung Hero Award

Patrick Kivlehan (OF/1B: 2012 - 4th round - Rutgers University)

Kivlehan hit .295 (153x519) with 84 runs scored, 32 doubles, 9 triples, 103 RBI, 56 walks and 11 stolen bases in 138 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. He appeared in games at first base, third base, left field, center field, right field and designated hitter during the season.

Heart & Soul Award

Ketel Marte (SS: 2010 - Dominican Republic)

Marte hit .304 (159x523) with 79 runs scored, 32 doubles, 6 triples, 4 home runs, 55 RBI, 27 walks and 29 stolen bases in 128 games combined between Jackson and Tacoma. He was named Southern League Post-Season All-Star team after batting .302 (134x443) in 109 games with the Generals. In 19 games with Tacoma, as the 3rd-youngest player in the Pacific Coast League, hit safely in 16 games and batted .313 (25x80) with 16 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 8 walks and 6 stolen bases.

Co-Starting Pitchers of the Year

Jordan Pries (RHP: 2011 - 30th round - Stanford)

Edwin Diaz (RHP: 2012 - 3rd round - Caguas Military Academy)

Pries split the season between Jackson and Tacoma, combining for a 10-8 with a 3.86 ERA (66 ER, 154.0 IP) over 27 games, 26 starts. After making 2 starts with Jackson, Pries went 9-8 with a 4.06 ERA (64 ER, 142.0 IP) in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He ranked 5th in the league with a .254 opponent batting average (4th among starters, .246) and 9th with a 4.06 ERA.

Diaz went 6-8 with a 3.33 ERA (43 ER, 116.1 IP) in 24 starts with Clinton in the Midwest League. He limited opponents to a .226 batting average (96x224), while walking 42 and striking out 111. Amongst Midwest League leader he ranked 4th in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (8.59) and T4th in lowest opponent batting average (.226).

Relief Pitcher of the Year

Matt Brazis (RHP: 2012 - 28th round - Boston College)

Brazis went 4-1 with 6 saves and a 2.36 ERA (19 ER, 72.1 IP) in 40 relief appearances with High Desert and Jackson. He limited opponents to a .208 average (54x260), while walking 18 and striking out 84. With Jackson he went 1-1 with 2 saves and a 1.64 ERA (6 ER, 33.0 IP) in 17 relief appearances. Amongst Mariners minor league pitchers his 0.995 WHIP and ERA were 2nd-lowest, and strikeout rate (10.05 K/9.0 IP) was 3rd-lowest (min. 30 G).