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Marlins announce Minor League award winners

MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today named outfielder Christian Yelich and right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez as its Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year. The announcement was made by Marlins’ Vice President of Player Development Marty Scott.

Yelich, 20, followed up his award-winning 2011 campaign by boasting a .330 average (131x397), 29 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 106 games for single-A Jupiter. He led the Florida State League in slugging percentage (.519), ranked second in average and on-base percentage (.404), and third in runs scored (76). Among Marlins’ minor leaguers, his 20 stolen bases ranked second, while his average was third. He was honored as a Florida State League Mid-Season and Annual All-Star. The 2010 first-round selection (23rd overall) has a career .322 average (293x909) with 64 doubles, seven triples, 27 home runs and 130 RBI in 241 games and is the only two-time Player of the Year in Franchise history.

Fernandez, 20, posted a 14-1 record with a 1.75 ERA (134.0 IP/26 ER) between low-A Greensboro and high-A Jupiter. He began his season by going 7-0 in 14 starts for Greensboro, earning Marlins Pitcher of the Month honors in April and South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star honors prior to being promoted to Jupiter on June 25. With the Hammerheads, the 2011 first-round selection (14th overall) went 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA (55.0/12) in 11 starts and earned wins in six of his last seven games to garner Marlins Pitcher of the Month honors for August.

Yelich and Fernandez will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at Marlins Park before tomorrow night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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