First baseman Trey Mancini, who excelled at High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie, has won the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award while the organization split its top minor league pitching award for the first time since 1993.
Triple-A Norfolk closer Oliver Drake and Double-A Bowie closer Mychal Givens, both of whom contributed at the big league level this season, were named the 2015 Jim Palmer Award co-winners.
Since the organization began giving out separate minor league pitching awards in 1988, co-winners have occurred just one other time — in 1993, when Garrett Stephenson and Armando Benitez both won it.
It’s hard to separate the achievements of Drake, 28, and Givens, 25.
Drake, a Navy product and 43rd-round draft pick in 2008, allowed just four runs (a 0.82 ERA) on 23 hits and 16 walks (0.886 WHIP) while striking out an impressive 66 batters in 44 innings for the Tides.
Givens, who was drafted in the second round in 2009 as a shortstop and is in just his third season as a pitcher, posted a 1.73 ERA, allowing 38 hits and walking 16 while striking out 79 batters in 57 1/3 innings for the Baysox.
Both made their major league debuts this year and have done well in the Orioles bullpen.
Mancini, 23, hit a combined .341 with a .375 on-base percentage, 21 homers and 43 doubles at Frederick and Bowie. An eighth-rounder out of Notre Dame in 2013, Mancini had been a finalist for various Player of the Year honors this season.
The trio will receive their awards during an on-field ceremony before Friday’s game versus the New York Yankees.
Also winning organizational awards are: Baysox outfielder Glynn Davis, the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award; Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award; and scouts Ernst Meyer (international) Rich Morales (mid-Atlantic area), the Jim Russo Scout of the Year Awards.
Jones to receive Governor’s Award
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones will receive the Governor’s Service Award on Friday. The honors are presented by the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism each year to “recognize Maryland citizens for their significant volunteer contributions to the life and health of the state and its people during a particular period of time.”
Jones has been heavily active in promoting programs for underprivileged youth, assisting organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, MLB’s RBI program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Cool Kids Campaign Foundation and the Y in Central Maryland, among others.
“Anytime you are recognized by the leader of the state, which is the governor, not for what I do between the lines but what you do outside the lines in terms of community outreach, community programs and trying to influence and help out the youth, that’s pretty good,” Jones said. “I don’t do anything like that for attention. I do it to help kids. And to be recognized for that again — by the governor — that’s high praise.”
Around the horn
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop did not return to the game in the second inning after the 3-hour, 25-minute rain delay. Schoop was hit in the right hand by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the first inning, but went to first base after being checked by athletic trainer Brian Ebel. He was removed because of a “right hand contusion.” Initial X-Rays were negative, but Showalter said he'll wait to see if Schoop is available Friday. … Jones (back spasms) is not giving up hope that he’ll play this season, but that possibility is becoming increasingly unlikely. … Also being recognized Friday as part of the minor league recognition night at Camden Yards will be the Eastern League champion Baysox, as well as Delmarva Shorebirds athletic trainer Trek Schuler (2015 South Atlantic League Trainer of the Year), Bowie’s head groundskeeper Matt Parrott (Eastern League Diamond Pro Sports Field Manager of the Year) and Frederick’s head groundskeeper Mike Soper (Carolina League Sports Turf Manager of the Year). … The first 20,000 fans ages 15 and older at Saturday’s game versus the Yankees will receive an Orioles “bomber knit hat.” ... Major League Baseball announced a scoring change from Sunday’s game at Boston. Jones was originally charged with an error on a dropped fly ball in center. The error was taken away, Mookie Betts was awarded a single and Ubaldo Jimenez was charged with another hit allowed. … The Orioles officially announced the signing of 18-year-old left-hander Alex Wells from Australia. He will report to the club’s instructional league in Sarasota, Fla. ... Saturday's Breathe Deep Baltimore walk for the LUNGevity Foundation at Camden Yards has been postponed because of uncertain weather. It has been rescheduled for Oct. 18.