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Britton, Mahoney will receive top honor

The Orioles are expected to unveil their minor league award winners during this weekend's series against the New York Yankees, but the recipients of the top two prizes won't come as a surprise.

First baseman Joe Mahoney will receive the Brooks Robinson Award, given to the organization's top minor league position player. Starter Zach Britton will be the winner of the Jim Palmer Award, presented to the organization's top minor league pitcher.

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Mahoney, a 23-year-old who was a sixth round selection in the 2007 draft, hit a combined .307 with 18 homers, 78 RBIs and 13 steals in 124 combined games for Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie.

Britton, a 22-year-old left-hander who is considered the Orioles' top pitching prospect yet to reach the majors, went 10-7 with a 2.70 ERA in 27 outings between Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Opponents hit just .237 off him.

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Last year's winners of the Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer awards were infielder Brandon Waring and pitcher Brian Matusz.


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