The Atlanta Braves released the 2011 organizational Pitcher and Player of the Year honors Thursday and Gwinnett Brave Julio Teheran has been selected as the organization’s Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year. Mike Minor was named as Gwinnett Pitcher of the Year while Stefan Gartrell is the Player of the Year for the G-Braves. Randall Delgado (Pitcher of the Year) and Tyler Pastornicky (Player of the Year) both spent time with Gwinnett and were chosen to receive the honors as the Double-A Mississippi Braves award winners.
In addition to the organization’s Player of the Year award, Teheran’s outstanding season (he led the IL with 15 wins and tied for the lead in ERA with a 2.55) has led to a number of postseason honors that include IL Most Valuable Pitcher, IL Rookie of the Year and IL Postseason All-Star. He was selected to his second All-Star Futures Game as well as being one of four G-Braves selected for the Triple-A All-Star team at mid-season. Teheran’s 15 wins established a new Gwinnett season record. Teheran was also recently named Pert Plus MiLB pitcher with the brightest MLB future. Fans voted online to determine the winner.
Stefan Gartrell had a solid season with Gwinnett leading the league in RBI (94) and finishing second in HR’s with 26. He was also selected to the IL All-Star squad and won the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby. Possibly the most important honor Gartrell has received is being named Team MVP by his teammates for the 2011 season.
Mike Minor made 16 starts for Gwinnett and was 4-5 with a 3.13 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .246 average. Minor was called to Atlanta after starting August 1st against the Indianapolis Indians when he worked six innings striking out eight and allowing two runs to pick up the win.
Mississippi Player of the Year Tyler Pastornicky played 90 games with Mississippi. He was hitting .299 with 6 HRs/36 RBI and 20 SBs when he was promoted to Gwinnett where he played 27 games and hit .365 with 1 HR/9 RBI and 7 SB before injuring his ankle and missing the final weeks of the season. Pastornicky finished 2011 with a combined .314 average, 7 HRs/45 RBI and 27 SBs between Mississippi and Gwinnett.
Randall Delgado made four starts with Gwinnett (2-2) striking out 25 batters in 21.2 IP. He made his first start at the Triple-A level August 6th and was promoted to Atlanta after his August 26th start against the Norfolk Tides. Delgado started 21 games with the M-Braves going 5-5 with a 3.84 ERA and had two complete games.
The Braves will honor all the organizational award winners in a pregame ceremony Friday, September 16th before the game with the New York Mets. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.
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