Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Brown, Mathieson named top minor-leaguers

Outfielder Domonic Brown and righthander Scott Mathieson were named winners of the annual Paul Owens Award for best player and pitcher, respectively, in the Phillies' minor-league system.

Brown, Mathieson named top minor-leaguers

Outfielder Domonic Brown and righthander Scott Mathieson were named winners of the annual Paul Owens Award for best player and pitcher, respectively, in the Phillies' minor-league system.

Both players are currently on the Phillies' big-league roster. It's the fourth time in the 25 years the award has been presented that both are with the major-league team.

Brown was a no-brainer. He was ranked the top prospect in the minors by Baseball America in its midseason report. The 23-year-old hit a combined .327 with 22 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs, 68 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 93 games between double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Mathieson, 26, is one of the best stories in the Phillies' organization. He has recovered from two Tommy John surgeries (plus another procedure on his elbow) to post fantastic numbers at triple A this season. In 54 games, he had 26 saves and a 2.80 ERA. He struck out 83 in 64 1/3 innings.

The two players will receive their awards during a pregame presentation on Sept. 19, when the Phillies host Washington at Citizens Bank Park.

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