Orem Hitter of the Year

The Orem Owlz, the Angels Low-A short-season affiliate, produced a number of exciting young prospects as the system defies the odds with its loaded lineup throughout.

Table-setter Bradley Coon lived up to his billing by hitting .300 with a .381 on base percentage for the Owlz. That included a 12-game hitting streak in July and a ten-game hitting streak in August.

Coon, a singles hitter with speed, notched 67 hits and 28 walks, scoring 42 runs while playing all three outfield positions. Coon batted first and second in the lineup, stealing 19 bases in 26 tries.

A 15th round pick in '05, Coon, 23, was a surprise with runners in scoring position, hitting .397 with RISP and .444 with RISP and two outs to drive in 18 runs. But his game is built around reaching base and creating havoc on the basepaths.

Dallas Morris placed third in the Pioneer League in hits with 89 and led the league in extra base hits with 35, 23 doubles, nine homers and three triples. Morris also placed second in the league in RBI's with 52 and total bases with 145.

Morris' .302 average paced the club, among hitters who logged over 125 at bats. At 23, he showed he was above the talent level at the league, slugging at a .492 clip and hitting .343 with runners in scoring position.

Playing in 70 games, Morris walked just 16 times while whiffing 52 times. His 25 multi-hit games, however, made up for his inability to work out a free pass and a 1-for-20 stretch to end the season dropped his average from .320 to .302.

Hainley Statia began the year with Rancho Cucamonga where he hit .245 in 23 games. The 19-year old prospect was dropped down to Orem once their season started and hit .300 for the Owlz in 68 games.

Statia, a shortstop, added 41 RBI's despite hitting first or second in the lineup all season. It helped that he hit .330 with RISP and added 17 doubles, six triples and two homers.

The Curacao native is a versatile switch-hitter that flashed some speed but had trouble stealing bases, getting caught ten times in 22 stolen base attempts.

His best asset may have been his glove where he led all Pioneer League shortstops in fielding percentage at .969.

First baseman Mark Trumbo showed glimpses of his ability in the second and third game of his tenure with Orem when he went 3-for-5 both days with five of his six hits going for extra bases. He hit three doubles and two homers over that two-game stretch and ended the year with ten homers, 23 doubles and 45 RBI's in 71 games.

His 23 doubles were tied for the league lead with the aforementioned Morris and he trailed Morris by one for the league lead in extra base hits with 34.

Trumbo, an 18th round pick that signed with the Angels for a record $1.425 million, is a converted pitcher that flashed a fastball that hit 96 on the radar gun. But his bat was so intriguing that the Angels decided they wanted him to try that first with pitching the fallback option.

Clearly, he did not disappoint in his first year in the Angels system. Trumbo slugged at a .458 clip and ended up fifth in the Pioneer League in total bases. He did strikeout 67 times compared to 21 walks but it was a solid debut for the 6-foot-5, 19-year old prospect.

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