Myers, Odorizzi among Royals' Minors honorees

Myers, Odorizzi among Royals' Minors honorees

Myers, Odorizzi among Royals' Minors honorees
KANSAS CITY -- Two players who might figure in the Kansas City picture next year, pitcher Jake Odorizzi and outfielder Wil Myers, were among the honorees on Friday as the Royals announced award winners for all of their Minor League affiliates.

Myers, hitting .293 with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs in 95 games, was named Triple-A Omaha's Player of the Year. He was promoted to the Storm Chasers after a .343/13/30 beginning in Double-A. Myers, a right-handed batter, was the Royals' third-round selection in 2009, drafted as a catcher.

Odorizzi, acquired from Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade, was Omaha's Pitcher of the Year. The right-hander is 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 19 games for the playoff-bound Storm Chasers. He also started the season in Double-A and was 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA for Northwest Arkansas.

As of Friday, Myers' combined 36 homers were second-highest total in the entire Minor Leagues and Odorizzi's total 15 victories were second-most in the Minors.

All the winners will be honored at Futures Night on Sept. 14 at Kauffman Stadium before a game against the Angels.

The player and pitcher of the year, respectively, for the Royals' other affiliates are:

Northwest Arkansas (Double-A)

Shortstop-second baseman Christian Colon hit .289 with five homers and 12 stolen bases in 73 games for the Naturals. Promoted to Omaha, he was at .412 in five games before an eye injury in mid-August ended his season.

Right-hander Michael Mariot, a University of Nebraska product, was 6-3 with one save and a 3.40 ERA in 32 games (14 starts). He was recently promoted to Omaha.

Wilmington (Class A-Advanced)

Infielder-outfielder Whit Merrifield, from the University of South Carolina, is hitting .258 with eight homers, 20 doubles and 25 stolen bases in 30 tries in 101 games for the Blue Rocks.

Right-hander Yordano Ventura was 3-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 16 starts, including 98 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings. He was the starting pitcher for the World in the All-Star Futures Game at Kansas City and is now with Northwest Arkansas.

Kane County (Class A)

Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, brother of Marlins outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, has a .282 average with 36 extra-base hits and 61 RBIs in 105 games for the Cougars. He also was Player of the Year for Burlington in 2011 and the Dominican Royals in 2010.

Right-hander Angel Baez is 6-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 16 games, including 83 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings. It was a turnaround year for Baez, who had a combined 0-15 record in three previous seasons.

Idaho Falls (Rookie Advanced)

Outfielder Ethan Chapman, a 30th-round Draft pick this year from Cal State-San Bernardino, is hitting .314 with eight triples, 22 stolen bases and 52 runs.

Left-hander Sam Selman, a second-round pick in June's First-Year Player Draft from Vanderbilt, also was the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year. He's 5-3 with a league-best ERA of 2.11 and 84 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings with just 22 walks.

Burlington, N.C. (Rookie)

Outfielder Bubba Starling, 2011's first-round selection from nearby Gardner, Kan., had 10 homers, 33 RBIs and a .275 in 53 regular-season games. He also had 10 steals in 11 tries.

Left-hander Colin Rodgers, just 18, was 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 11 games. He was the starting pitcher in the B-Royals' playoff victory on Thursday night.

Surprise (Rookie)

Outfielder Alexis Rivera hit .342 with 15 extra-base hits, 34 RBIs and 35 runs in 48 games. He was named to the Arizona League all-star team.

Left-hander Matt Tenuta was 3-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 games including one start. He was a 25th -round Draft pick this year. Both and he and Rivera are 18.

Dominican (Rookie)

Infielder Wander Franco, 17, batted .315 with 14 doubles, five triples and 38 RBIs in 66 games. He's a switch-hitter.

Right-hander Miguel Almonte was 6-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 50 innings. He also was 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA for Surprise and is now with Burlington.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.