Zach Britton Named CL Pitcher of the Year
2008 Shorebirds pitcher Zach Britton was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year. Keys first baseman was named the CL Player of the Year. Britton has won 21 games over the last two seasons (12 in Delmarva last year)
Parts of an article on www.carolinaleague.com written by Danny Wild
The Keys’ keys to success got their recognition on Wednesday.
Orioles prospects and Frederick teammates Brandon Waring and Zach Britton were voted the best players in the Carolina League and Winston-Salem’s Joe McEwing was named Manager of the Year when postseason All-Star rosters and awards were announced Wednesday afternoon.
Waring, who drove in five runs in his Double-A debut on Tuesday with Bowie, was named Most Valuable Player after leading the Carolina League with 90 RBIs, a .520 slugging percentage and 63 extra-base hits for the Keys. The 23-year-old first baseman, a midseason All-Star batting .273, ranks second with 26 homers.
Originally the Reds’ seventh-round pick in the 2007 Draft, Waring was traded to the Orioles along with Justin Turner and Ryan Freel on Dec. 10, 2008 for Ramon Hernandez on the heels onf a season in which he earned Midwest League All-Star honors for Class A Dayton.
Britton, a lefty from Panorama, Calif., was voted Pitcher of the Year. The Orioles’ third-round pick in 2006, Britton has dominated for Frederick this season, going 9-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 140 innings. The 21-year-old ranks second in the league in strikeouts with 131.
Nice to see former Shorebirds shining at the higher levels.