Orioles honor top performers in Minor Leagues

Orioles honor top performers in Minor Leagues

Orioles honor top performers in Minor Leagues
BALTIMORE- -- The Orioles announced their 2011 player development and scouting awards for this season on Monday and gave out the honors before the series opener with the Red Sox at Camden Yards.

Jonathan Schoop won the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. The 19-year-old second baseman/shortstop/third baseman played 51 games at Class A Delmarva and then 77 more with Class A Frederick.

He finished with a .290 average (combined) and 13 homers, 71 RBI and a .781 OPS over 128 games and played a big role in helping Frederick win the Carolina League championship. The Orioles signed him as a non-drafted free agent in Aug. 2008, and he'll play for the Netherlands in the upcoming International Baseball Federation World Cup in Panama.

"It means a lot to me," Schoop said. "I'm excited. I'm happy. I improved everything, and the next year I want to come improve everything, too."

Tim Bascom earned the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award. He pitched in relief before getting back to starting and finished 10-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 games, 29 of which came with Double-A Bowie. His 2.97 ERA ranked second in the Orioles' organization, while his 117 strikeouts ranked fourth.

A fourth-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Bascom anchored Bowie's late-season drive for a playoff spot that fell just short. He also earned a trip to the Eastern League All-Star Game.

"It's named after Jim Palmer, a Hall of Famer, [so] all I can say is it's an honor," Bascom said. "It's really just an honor."

Frederick manager Orlando Gomez guided the Keys to the Class A Carolina League championship and won the Cal Ripken, Sr. Player Develop Award. Gomez finished his seventh season in the Orioles' organization and 48th year in professional baseball.

The Keys ended up with a franchise-best 80-59 record this season, and they've made the playoffs in both years Gomez has managed them. "We played great baseball in the end," Gomez said. "It was a great. It was very nice. [This is] a great honor for me. I'm very, very happy and excited."

The Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award went to pitcher Cameron Roth (Delmarva). Northeast regional crosschecker Dean Albany got the Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award.

The Orioles also recognized Pat Armstrong and Mark Shires. Armstrong is the Delmarva strength and conditioning coach. He was picked as the South Atlantic League's Co-Strength Coach of the Year in his first year with the team.

Shires is Triple-A Norfolk's head athletic trainer and earned International League Trainer of the Year for a second time.