Os announce Minor League awards

BALTIMORE— Orioles infielder Christian Walker and right-handed pitch Tyler Wilson have been named the organization’s Minor League Players of the Year, the club announced on Thursday.

Walker, the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, hit a combined .288/.357/.489 with 53 extra-base hits, 96 RBI and 73 runs scored in 139 total games with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk leading all Orioles minor leaguers in home runs (26) and RBIs this season.

The 23-year-old, selected by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft, was named the first baseman for this year’s Eastern League Season-ending All-Star team, finishing the season among the League leaders despite being promoted in July.

Wilson, the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, went a combined 14-8 with a 3.67 ERA in 166 2/3 innings pitched for Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.  He led all Orioles Minor Leaguers in wins (14) and strikeouts (157) and ranked seventh in ERA (3.67). 

The 24-year-old Wilson was a 10th round selection in the ’11 Draft out of the University of Virginia. He was named was named the Organizational Pitcher of the Month for April, when he went 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA in five starts for the Baysox.  He also received EL Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending April 27. 

Other awards include right-handed pitcher Mark Blackmar named this year’s recipient of the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award. Blackmar was traded to the White Sox for Alejandro De Aza last week.

The Delmarva Shorebirds coaching staff of Ryan Minor (manager), Alan Mills (pitching coach), Paco Figueroa (hitting coach), and Shawn McGill (coach) has been named the winner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award, presented to a minor league staff member(s) who exemplifies the qualities of the late Oriole who is regarded as the architect of “The Oriole Way.”

The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony before Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, with awards presented by Director of Player Development Brian Graham and Director of Minor League Operations Kent Qualls.

The Orioles will also recognize Chance Sisco for winning the 2014 South Atlantic League batting crown.  Sisco, 19, batted .340 (145-426) and also led the SAL in on-base percentage (.406).

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