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Monday, September 12, 2011

Farmstros Player of the Year Candidates

The minor league season has been over for a week now, and Fall Instructional League begins in less than seven days. As the minor league off-season gets rolling in earnest, it's time to vote for the Farmstros Player of the Year.

Please note: This award is based only on performances in the Astros' minor league system. All players who were on a minor league roster on August 31 are eligible (September call-ups are included). Voting will run through 11:59 p.m. (Minute Maid Park time) on Thursday, September 15.

Remember that the Astros are hosting a night for the Minor League MVPs at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, September 24.

THE CANDIDATES:

Adam Bailey, 23, OF, Lexington/Lancaster/Corpus Christi. Bailey was solid in all three of his stops in 2011- Lexington, 79 games; Lancaster, 30 games; Corpus Christi, 23 games. Combined for the season, Bailey was 155 for 533 (.291) with 24 home runs and 95 RBI.

Chase Davidson, 21, 1B, Greeneville/Tri-City. Davidson went to Greeneville after being drafted in June. In the Appalachian League, he batted .335 in 43 games with 26 extra-base hits, 11 home runs and 44 RBI. The July Farmstros Player of the Month also had 33 runs scored and eight stolen bases for Greeneville before being called up to Tri-City for one game at the end of the season.

Jacob Goebbert, 23, OF, Lancaster/Corpus Christi/Oklahoma City. Goebbert started the season in Lancaster but ended it one level below Houston. Wearing three different uniforms (Lancaster-31 games, Corpus-75 games, Oklahoma City-26 games), Goebbert was 140 for 482 (.290) with 12 home runs and 67 RBI.

Anderson Hernandez, 28, IF, Oklahoma City. The veteran infielder ended the season with the Pacific Coast League's longest hitting streak (30 games). For 2011, Hernandez batted .300 in 136 games. He had 35 extra-base hits, scored 74 runs, batted in 52 and stole 21 bases.

Teoscar Hernandez, 18, OF, DSL Astros. 2011 was Teoscar's first in the Astros' system. For the Dominican Astros, T. Hernandez batted .274 in 65 games. He had 13 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 41 runs scored, 35 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

Kody Hinze, 24, IF, Lancaster/Corpus Christi. Between Lancaster and Corpus Christi, Hinze led the organization in home runs (29) and RBI (98). He spent 80 games with Lancaster and 55 with Corpus.

Yonathan Mejia, 18, IF, GCL Astros. Mejia had the top batting average for the Astros' Gulf Coast League entry. He batted .329 with eight doubles and 25 RBI in 40 games.

Jordan Scott, 19, OF, Greeneville/Tri-City/Lexington. After starting the season at Lexington, Scott dropped back to Greeneville where he had his most success. In 60 games as the Greeneville MVP, Scott has twelve doubles, three triples, one home run and 31 RBI. He also stole 11 bases and scored 41 runs.

Chris Wallace, 23, C, Lexington/Corpus Christi. Wallace split his time between Low A and Double AA in 2011. In a total of 102 games, Wallace had 20 home runs and 78 RBI.

Austin Wates, 23, OF, Lancaster.` For the JetHawks in 2011, Wates batted an even .300 in 132 games. He had 23 doubles, nine triples, 75 RBI, 26 stolen bases and 85 runs scored.

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