Paul Owens Award

The annual Paul Owens Award, given to the best player and pitcher in the Phillies minor league system, will be presented pre-game on October 1. The Award is named in honor of Owens who spent 48 years in the organization as a player, manager, scout, farm director, general manager, major league manager and senior advisor.

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Owens had the vision of a training complex for the Phillies minor leaguers.  In 1967, Carpenter Field was opened in Clearwater.  The clubhouse is named in honor of Owens.  A bronze bust of the Pope is located at the clubhouse entrance.

The first winners of his award in 1986 were OF Ron Jones and RHP Marvin Freeman.  Current players who were so honored include Freddy Galvis, Darin Ruf, Maikel Franco and Luis Garcia.

While there is no official list of candidates, the following are my observations, in alphabetical order:

Players
Astudillo, Willans . . . C, 1B, DH . . . 23 . . . B-R . . . Spent entire season at Clearwater, led league with .314 average; 18 doubles, 3 home runs, 49 RBI, 10 walks, 10 strikeouts in 107 games . . . Signed as an international free agent December 2008 . . . .318 career hitter.

Hoskins, Rhys . . . 1B . . . 22 . . . B-R . . . Began season at Lakewood, played 68 games before moving up to Clearwater, 67 games . . . Combined hit .319, 36 doubles, 6 triples, 17 home runs, 90 RBI . . . Fifth round selection in 2014.

Knapp, Andrew . . . C . . . 23 . . . Switch-hitter . . . Began season at Clearwater, played 63 games before moving up to Reading where he hit .360 in 55 games . . . Combined hit .308 in 118 games, 35 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs, 84 RBI . . . Second round selection in 2013.

Stassi, Brock . . . 1B . . . 26 . . . B-L . . . Played entire season at Reading, hit .300, 32 doubles, 1 triple, 15 home runs, league-leading 90 RBI . . . 33rd round selection in 2011.

Pitchers
Dygestile-Therrien, Jesen . . . RHR . . . 22 . . . Began season at Lakewood (9 games) and finished at Clearwater (30) . . . Used mostly as a set-up man . . . Combined: 5-0, 1.43 ERA, 5 saves, 63 innings, 50 hits, 17 walks, 54 strikeouts; .218 opponents’ average . . .
Selected in the 17th round in 2011.
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Gueller, Mitch . . . RHS . . . 21 . . . Led NYP League in wins, 10-1; 2.23 ERA, 12 GS, 68.2 innings, 57 hits, 23 walks, 44 strikeouts; .229 opponents’ average . . . Compensation round selection in 2012.

Pinto, Ricardo . . . RHS . . . 21 . . . Began season at Lakewood (11 starts) and finished in Clearwater (13 starts) . . . Combined, led organization in wins, 15-4; 2.77 ERA,  145.1 innings, 129 hits, 37 walks, 105 strikeouts; .244 opponents’ average . . . Signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela, 12/28/11.

Ramos, Edubray . . . RHR . . . 22 . . . Began season at Clearwater (29 games) and finished at Reading (18 games) . . . Combined, 4-6, 2.07 ERA, 47 G, 69.2 IP, 48 H, 16 BB, 65 S0; .196 opponents’ average . . . Signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela, 3/25/10.

Rivero, Alexis . . . RHR . . . 20 . . . Began season at Lakewood (25 games) and finished at Clearwater (16 games) . . . Combined, 4-2, 2.64 ERA, 41 games, 11 saves, 71.2 innings, 48 hits, 18 walks, 67 strikeouts; .188 opponents’ average . . . Signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela, 11/7/12.

This Date In Phillies History
September 22, 2008
Greg Dobbs sets Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season when he gets his 22nd at
Citizens Bank Park in eighth inning against Atlanta as Phillies beat Braves, 6-2.

September 23, 1916
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 7-3 and 4-0 complete-game wins over Cincinnati in a double-header at Baker Bowl and ties a major league record by walking only one batter. Almost a year later (September 3) he does it again, 5-0 and 9-3, at Brooklyn, allowing one walk.

Alumni News
Al Monchak, the oldest living Phillies Alumnus, died on September 12, 2015. Mr. Monchak was 98 and third oldest major league player.

He began his major league career as a shortstop with the Phillies (1940) playing 19 games.  Like many players during that time, his career was interrupted when he was drafted.  As a member of the Army’s 11th Armored Division, Mr. Monchack fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.  His baseball career resumed in 1949, a career in which he was a minor league player-manager, scout, major league coach (1971-1985) for four different teams under Chuck Tanner, and a scout again.

94-year-old outfielder, Wally Westlake, succeeds Mr. Monchak as the oldest Phillies Alumnus. An outfielder, Westlake ended a 10-year career in the majors with five games with the Phillies in 1956.

Around MLB
The Braves Shelby Miller last won a game on May 17, 23 straight starts.  Since then, 17 different Braves pitchers won a game.

The Mets magic number is 7.

The Reds’ Joey Votto walked for the 136th time last night, breaking his own club record set in 2013. Phillies club mark is 129, Lenny Dykstra, 1993.

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