After five weeks of work, players, coaches and staff gathered Thursday evening for the camp awards dinner and to celebrate the prospects' accomplishments.
Both the award-winners worked hard coming off their first full-season campaigns. Kazmar, drafted out of community college last year, spent the year in Ft. Wayne where he got one nod as the MadFriars.com hitter of the year [LINK]. Ciriaco, one of the more advanced products of the Padres' Dominican program, had 44 extra base hits and 17 stolen bases in 120 games at Lake Elsinore.
"Both those guys had long years, but they came out and did everything we asked them to do," said Bill Bryk, the Padres' minor league instruction coordinator. Ciriaco has opted to extend his long year even more, heading out a few days early to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic where he'll be joined by fellow prospect Yordany Ramirez.
While the two middle infielders shared the top award, it was this year's second-round pick Chase Headley who really turned heads. A close runner-up in the MVP selection, Headley got the nod both as "Mr. Clutch" and the award for offensive achievement.
"He really improved his power," said Bryk. "He worked hard to be ‘patiently aggressive' and build his power potential."
Diaz, who was among the summer's Rookie League leaders in average, slugging and on-base percentage, continued his excellent first year stateside.