NEWBERG REPORT PLUS: Minor league player/pitcher of the year announced

The Rangers have announced that righthander Edinson Volquez has been named their Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year and third baseman Chris Davis has been named their Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year.

Volquez went a combined 14-6, 3.67 for Bakersfield, Frisco, and Oklahoma before returning to Texas this month. He was particularly dominant in AAA, going 6-1, 1.41 in eight starts (his loss and no-decision were both 1-0 RedHawk losses) while limiting opponents to a .146 batting average and punching out 66 in 51 innings.

Davis, in what was his first full pro season, hit a combined .297/.347/.598 for Bakersfield and Frisco, blasting 36 home runs and driving in 118 runs, both of which were second in all of minor league baseball this year. He also tied two all-time Cal League records, with a 35-game hit streak and five grand slams for the season (in just 99 games).


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