Mariners announce Minor League Awards

Mariners announce Minor League Awards

SEATTLE -- Double-A Jackson third baseman D.J. Peterson and first baseman/outfielder Jordy Lara are the 2014 Mariners' Minor League Co-Players of the Year, the club announced on Friday.

Peterson, a first-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, batted .297 with 31 home runs and 111 RBIs in 123 games split between Jackson and Class A High Desert. He was one of five players in the Minors to hit at least 30 home runs and drive in 100 or more runs.

Lara was no slouch, either, batting .337 with 26 home runs and 104 RBIs in 135 games between High Desert and Jackson.

The Minor League Unsung Hero Award went to outfielder/first baseman Patrick Kivlehan. Like Lara and Peterson, Kivlehan split the year between High Desert and Jackson. He hit .295 with 20 home runs, 103 RBIs and 84 runs in 138 games.

Shortstop Ketel Marte received the Heart and Soul Award after hitting .304 in 128 games between Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma, while the Rainiers' Jordan Pries (10-8, 3.86 ERA) and Class A Clinton's Edwin Diaz (6-8, 3.33 ERA) were named Minor League Co-Starting Pitchers of the Year. Right-hander Matt Brazis (4-1, 2.36 ERA), who pitched for High Desert and Jackson, took home the Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year Award.

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.