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O’s announce award-winners

The Orioles held their Minor League Appreciation night on Wednesday and chose the occasion to introduce a few of their prospects and hand out a few awards.

Brandon Waring, who had previously been given the Carolina League Most Valuable Player award for his exploits at Class A Frederick, was named the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday. Waring, acquired as a piece in last winter’s Ramon Hernandez trade, batted .274 with 38 doubles and 27 home runs for the Keys.

Brian Matusz, who has been with the Orioles for the last six weeks, was named the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year on the strength of a combined 11-2 record and 1.92 ERA between Frederick and Double-A Bowie. Matusz continued his success upon his promotion to the Major Leagues but was shut down early to protect his arm.

Baltimore also recognized Caleb Joseph for the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award and Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin for the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award. Scout Jim Howard was named the Jim Russo Scout of the Year.

— Spencer Fordin


More awards

The Class A Carolina League named their season-ending awards on Wednesday and settled on a pair of Oriole prospects as their Player and Pitcher of the Year. First baseman Brandon Waring won the former award, while Zach Britton won the latter.

Britton, a third-round draftee in 2006, went 9-6 with a 2.70 for Class A Frederick this season. Britton allowed just six home runs in 140 innings, striking out 131 batters against 55 walks.

Waring, who was acquired from the Reds in last winter’s Ramon Hernandez trade, batted .273 with 26 home runs, 90 RBIs and 70 runs scored for Frederick this season.

— Spencer Fordin

Props to prospects

The Orioles named their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August on Wednesday, a pairing that includes two current members of the Double-A Bowie club.

Brandon Waring, who was recently promoted to Bowie, was recognized for his work at Class A Frederick. Waring batted .286 with a .382 on-base percentage and a .619 slugging mark in August, knocking nine home runs and driving home 25 runs to earn his promotion.

Reliever Luis Lebron was lauded for a perfect month at Bowie that saw him log a 0.00 ERA over 14 innings. Lebron struck out 20 batters and only walked three in August.

— Spencer Fordin