It's honor for O's prospects

The Baltimore Sun

Two of the most anticipated prospects in the Orioles' system were at Camden Yards yesterday, wearing suits and ties and providing some hope for the club's future.

In an on-field ceremony, top catching prospect Matt Wieters was presented with the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award and his batterymate, Brad Bergesen, received the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.

"It's a great year; it's a great award," said Wieters, who won it in his first pro season. "To get honored like this, with these guys, is something special."

Also recognized by the Orioles last night were Delmarva Shorebirds right-hander Cliff Flagello (Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award), Bowie Baysox manager Brad Komminsk (Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award) and amateur scout Dean Albany (Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award).

Wieters, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft, dominated at Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie, batting .355 with 27 homers and 91 RBIs. But the 22-year-old switch-hitter wasn't campaigning for a big league call-up yesterday.

"You always are going to have something to work on," he said. "It's something I am definitely ready to try, and you are always going to have to keep working, and hopefully one day you'll be able to be there."

Bergesen, who turns 23 on Thursday, was a fourth-round selection for the Orioles in 2004. The 6-foot-2 right-hander was 16-7 with a 3.10 ERA in 28 games between Frederick and Bowie. Though he was a potential September call-up, the organization left him in Bowie to help with the Eastern League playoff push.

"It can be tough sometimes, reading the paper, hearing this rumor, someone said this, someone said that," Bergesen said. "But I just really tried to block it all out and focused on what is at hand."

Around the horn

The Orioles will not reschedule the rainout against the Oakland Athletics that was originally set for Sept. 7. Tickets can be redeemed for a game this week or a nonpremium 2009 game. ... Jeremy Guthrie threw a sideline session yesterday and likely will pitch a simulated game Wednesday. If he gets through it without soreness, he'll pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend.


On-base percentage of top prospect Matt Wieters in 130 games between Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie

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