Top award for Tyler Cloyd

Tyler Cloyd was named the 2012 International League Pitcher of the Year.

Tyler Cloyd was named the International League's most valuable pitcher, becoming the first Phillies minor-leaguer to win such honors since Brandon Duckworth in 2001.

Cloyd, 25, is 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He leads the league with a 1.01 WHIP and his .210 batting average against ranked second best. Earlier in the season, he started at the triple-A all-star game.

He's done it all with pinpoint control and a fastball that rarely eclipses 90 m.p.h. 

This hardware is likely a prelude to more; Cloyd is a favorite for the Paul Owens Award, given annually by the Phillies to their top hitting and pitching farmhands.

It's uncertain whether Cloyd will have a chance to make an impression at the big-league level in 2012. Ruben Amaro Jr. said he expects minimal September call-ups. The Phillies are not keen on the idea of pushing a current starter from the rotation to audition Cloyd.

Read more of Amaro's thoughts on September in Tuesday's Inquirer.

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