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Austin Hays named Orioles' minor league player of the year

Austin Hays named Orioles' minor league player of the year

Orioles outfielder Austin Hays, whose breakout season is ending with a September call-up and the opportunity to get regular big league innings down the stretch, has been named the organization’s Brooks Robinson minor league player of the year.

Hays, who went from being drafted to making the majors in a 16-month span, emerged as one of the Orioles’ top prospects this season, hitting .329/.365/.593 with 32 doubles, five triples, 32 homers and 95 RBIs between High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie.

Hays’ season also earned him national recognition as one of five finalists for Baseball America’s minor league player of the year award.

He was promoted to the majors Sept. 5 and...