The Blue Jays revealed the 2010 recipients of the organization’s R. Howard Webster Awards on Wednesday. The annual awards recognize the most valuable players at each of Toronto’s Minor League affiliates.
And the Websters go to:
Triple-A Las Vegas: C J.P. Arencibia
All JPA did this season was hit .301 with 32 home runs and 85 RBIs for Las Vegas, and those numbers might’ve been loftier had it not been for a brief stay in the big leagues prior to being called up in September. Arencibia was the Pacific Coast League MVP, put up a .986 OPS, piled up 70 extra-base hits and made the PCL’s mid-season and postseason All-Star teams.
Double-A New Hampshire: OF Eric Thames
Thames, 23, finished the season hitting .288 with 27 homers and 104 RBIs for the Fisher Cats. He led Toronto’s farm system in RBIs and paced the Eastern League as well. He tied for first in the EL with 58 extra-base hits and tied for second in homers. Thames made two All-Star teams as well.
Class A (advanced) Dunedin: 1B Mike McDade
McDade, 21, hit .267 with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs for the Dunedin Blue Jays this season. He led the Florida State League in homers, tied for second in total bases (215) and was fourth in slugging (.448). McDade led Dunedin in homers, RBIs, total bases, hits (128) and runs (60). Over the past two years, McDade has hit 37 homers.
Class A (low) Lansing: INF Sean Ochinko
Ochinko, 22, has taken home two Websters, earning one for his showing with Class A (short-season) Auburn in 2009. This year, he hit .311 with eight homers and 65 RBIs for Lansing. He finished fifth overall in the Midwest League in batting and led the Lugnuts in average and doubles (37).
Class A (short-season) Auburn: C Carlos Perez
Perez, 19, hit .298 with two homers and 41 RBIs for Auburn this season. Along with Arencibia and prospect Travis d’Arnaud, Perez gives the Jays three strong prospects behind the plate. Perez becomes the fourth plater in Blue Jays history to earn his third Webster Award. He was named to the New York-Penn League mid-season All-Star team and led the Doubledays in average, on-base percentage (.396) and RBIs.
Gulf Coast (rookie) League: OF Jake Marisnick
Marisnick, 19, combined to hit .253 with four homers and 26 RBIs between stints with the GCL Jays and low-Class A Lansing. He hit .287 with three homers and 14 RBIs for the GCL Jays. Marisnick was selected in the third round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Dominican Summer League: P Eyerys Guerrero
Guerrero went 1-2 with a 3.23 ERA over 39 innings, during which he allowed 40 hits and ended with 11 strikeouts and six walks. The 17-year-old product of the Dominican Republic walked 1.4 batters per nine innings and started nine of the 13 games in which he appeared this season.
Here’s your lineups…
SEATTLE AT TORONTO
at 7:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre
Pitching: David Pauley (2-8, 4.14)
Pitching: Kyle Drabek (0-1, 4.50)
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