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Orioles notebook: Urrutia, Wright honored as top minor leaguers

Baltimore Orioles' Henry Urrutia watches from the dugout against the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game, Saturday. On Sunday, Urrutia was named the organization's top minor league position player of the year.
Baltimore Orioles' Henry Urrutia watches from the dugout against the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game, Saturday. On Sunday, Urrutia was named the organization's top minor league position player of the year. (GAIL BURTON, Carroll County Times)

BALTIMORE - There's a page in the Baltimore Orioles media guide every year that recognizes the organization's top minor-league players from the previous season. Next year's will display images of pitcher Mike Wright and outfielder Henry Urrutia.
Wright is the club's minor league pitcher of the year, while Urrutia earned minor league player of the year honors, and both players were honored before Sunday's game at Camden Yards.
Wright went 11-3 with a 3.236 ERA in 143 2-3 innings for Class-AA Bowie, and earned the win in the Eastern League All-Star Game. The 23-year-old right-hander made one start with Class-AAA Norfolk to end the year and tossed 6 2-3 scoreless innings.
"This was a little bit of a surprise," said Wright, who listed names of fellow Orioles prospects such as Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, and Eduardo Rodriguez as other contenders for his award. "I definitely wanted it. It's good for my name to be thrown around with ... guys like that."
Wright earned praise from Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations, for his standout season.
"He's coming, and he's coming quick," said Duquette, "and this was a nice recognition for him."
Meanwhile, Urrutia hit .347 in 81 games between Bowie and Norfolk. He was an Eastern League all-star and played in the MLB Futures Game in New York during the all-star week.
The Cuban-born Urrutia, 26, made his major-league debut July 20 and was recalled by Baltimore after the rosters expanded in early September.
"Urrutia has a chance to be a complete everyday ballplayer in the big leagues," Duquette said. "His bat is his calling card. But he can also run he can also defend and he has a good arm."
The Orioles have parted ways with a few prospects this season in trades, but Duquette and Showalter said the minor-league system is still producing players like Wright and Urrutia.
"The fact we can continue to bring players from the farm system to the big leagues, that's our reason to be, right?" Duquette said. "That's our mantra of the club."
MORE MANNY: Third baseman Manny Machado collected his 48th double of the season with a two-bagger leading off the sixth inning, which gave him the second most by a player in his age-20 season or younger. Alex Rodriguez had 56 doubles in 1996. Machado is on pace to finish with 55. That's one shy of the Orioles record (Brian Roberts had 56 doubles in 2009).
HAMMEL TIME: Pitcher Jason Hammel made his first appearance since July 28 when he came on in relief in the sixth inning Sunday. Hammel tossed two scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout. Hammel was activated from the disabled list Sept. 5 after being sidelined with a sore right forearm.
UP NEXT: The Yankees come to town for a four-game series starting tonight. New York's scheduled starting pitchers are CC Sabathia (13-11), Ivan Nova (8-4), Andy Pettitte (10-9), and Dave Huff (2-1). The Orioles list Chris Tillman (15-5), Miguel Gonzalez (9-7), Scott Feldman (5-4), and Wei-Yin Chen (7-7).

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