Trevor May and Freddy Galvis were already highly touted prospects prior to the official announcement that the two are the recipients of the Paul Owens Award as the organization's best pitcher and position player, respectively. Even with their status though, the numbers that the two put up this season were impressive.
May reached Clearwater last season, but wasn't able to produce at that level and wound up back down at Lakewood before too long. This season, May started the season at Clearwater and there was no sending him back to Lakewood once he got his legs under him and started to roll. May was hit hard in four of his first five starts, posting a 6.30 ERA in those four games, but once the month of May rolled around, May was starting to put away hitters at an aggressive pace.
This season with the Threshers, May set career highs in games started (27), innings pitched (151.1) and strikeouts (208) on his way to picking up his Paul Owens Award. Across the league, May led the Florida State League in strikeouts and shutouts (2) and was second in the league in complete games (3).
As for Galvis, the season started back at Reading where he finished the 2009 season and also started the 2010 season. Not only was Galvis' starting point the same as it was in 2010, but he was also dogged by the same concerns regarding his ability to hit. After putting up a .273 average in 104 games at Reading, the Phillies decided Galvis had deserved a little challenge and moved him along to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The general consensus is that he was going to struggle - at least at first - with Lehigh Valley, but the hope was that he would adjust before too long and that he would at least be able to get his feet wet at the highest minor league level. After all, he had accomplished all he could with Reading.
The 21 year-old Galvis is taking his season and his Paul Owens Award in stride. "I'm really happy, about this season and it's great to be recognized by the Phillies," said Galvis. "I'm really appreciative."
Trevor May's 2011 Stats
Freddy Galvis' 2011 Stats