The Orioles today announced the winners of their player development and scouting awards for 2007, including OF BRANDON TRIPP and RHP RADHAMES LIZ as the club's top minor league player and pitcher. The winners were honored before the Orioles' game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tonight at Camden Yards.
Tripp, named the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, spent the 2007 season at Class A Delmarva, where he batted .288 with 19 home runs and 79 RBI and was named to the South Atlantic League's Northern Division All-Star team. He was the Orioles' Minor League Player of the Month for april and was named the SAL Player of the Week for April 16-22. Tripp was the Orioles 12th round selection in the 2006 First Year Player Draft.
Liz was named the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 11-4 with a 3.22 ERA in 25 starts for AA Bowie before joining the Orioles on August 25. He was 2nd in the Eastern League with 161 strikeouts and 3rd in ERA (3.22) and was named to the EL's Southern Division All-Star team. Liz was the Orioles' Player of the Month for June and was twice named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (May 28-June 3 and July 23-29). He won his last 9 games for Bowie , highlighted by a no-hitter vs. Harrisburg on June 1.
Class A Frederick RHP JASON BERKEN was named winner of the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award, named for the Orioles' longtime player and coach. Berken went to many community outreach for the Keys, visiting numerous local schools and camps in the Frederick area, and was a big part of two baseball camp sessions held at Harry Grove Stadium. Berken was selected in the 6th round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft.
Frederick Keys Manager TOMMY THOMPSON, in his first year on the Orioles' staff, was named winner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award, presented to a minor league staff member who exemplifies the qualities of the late Oriole who is regarded as the architect of "The Oriole Way." Thompson stepped in and led the Keys to the Carolina League Championship after winning the Northern Division's first-half title. It was the Keys' third straight playoff appearances and second Mills Cup trophy in the last three years.
Amateur scout JIM RICHARDSON was presented the Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award, named for the man who spent 33 years in various scouting capacities with the Orioles beginning with their move from St. Louis in 1954. Richardson, who serves as area scout for northern Texas , Okalahoma , Kansas and Nebraska , has signed 11 players in his three years with the Orioles, including this year's 5th round selection, RHP Jake Arrieta, as well as LHP Zach Britton ( Aberdeen ) and SS Tyler Henson (Frederick).
CA BRANDON SNYDER was named winner of the Moe Drabowsky Comeback Player of the Year Award, in honor of the late Orioles pitcher who spent 13 years in two stints as a coach and instructor in the club's farm system. Snyder, the Orioles No. 1 pick in the 2005 First Year Draft, missed the 2006 season after recovering from left shoulder surgery. He spent the 2007 season at Class A Delmarva and batted .283 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI. He ranked 3rd on the Shorebirds in games played (118) and at-bats (448).
2007 Award Winners
Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year…………………….Brandon Tripp (Delmarva)
Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year………………………….. Radhames Liz ( Bowie )
Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award……………Jason Berken ( Frederick )
Moe Drabowsky Comeback Player of the Year Award…………………Brandon Snyder (Delmarva)
Cal Ripken, Sr. Player Development Award……………………………..Tommy Thompson
Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award ……………………………………..Jim Richardson
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