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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