Howard, Mitchinson Win Paul Owens Award

Each year, the Phillies reward their top position player and top pitcher in their minor league system with the Paul Owens Award. This season, Ryan Howard was celebrated as the top position player and Scott Mitchinson picked up the honor as the organization's top pitcher.

Perhaps Scott Mitchinson owes Ed Wade a thank you card for helping him to become the Phillies' top minor league pitcher and winning the Paul Owens Award. Had Wade not dealt Alfredo Simon, the award would likely be in Simon's hands and not Mitchinson's. While all of that may be true, Mitchinson was downright amazing as a member of the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Mitchinson, a 19 year old right-hander from Australia, finished the Gulf Coast League season with a 7-0, 1.75 record. In 61 2/3 innings, he struck out 60 hitters and amazingly, walked just one.

The Paul Owens Award for the organization's top hitter went to Ryan Howard for the second straight season. Howard broke Reading's all-time record for homeruns in a season, hitting 37 round-trippers at AA. He was promoted to Scranton in August and hit another nine homeruns for the Red Barons. Howard's combined numbers were 46-131-.291 at Reading and Scranton.

The Phillies awarded Howard with a September audition and he made his major league debut Wednesday night against Atlanta. Howard pinch-hit for Vicente Padilla in the fifth inning and struck out looking.

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