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Braves Announce Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Year

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The Braves announced their 2008 minor league Players and Pitchers of the Year:

Level Pitcher of the Year Player of the Year
Overall Tommy Hanson Freddie Freeman
Richmond Braves (AAA) Charlie Morton Josh Anderson
Mississippi Braves (AA) Todd Redmond Matt Young
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A+) Scott Diamond Tyler Flowers
Rome Braves (A-) Edgar Osuna Jason Heyward
Danville Braves (R+) David Francis Jon Gilmore
GCL Braves (R-) Zeke Spruill Robert Brooks
Dominican Summer League Edigson Mora Alberto Odreman










Tommy Hanson is a no-brainer, but Freddie Freeman, while very deserving, is an interesting pick over Jason Heyward. Freeman was just as dominant, though he didn't get the promotion to the Beach; I wonder if Heyward would have gotten it had he hit a little better after his promotion (playoffs not withstanding). In thinking about the awards from last year I remember that it's as much of a sentimental choice as a "best stats" choice.

Matt Young is an interesting pick over, say, a guy like Jeff Francoeur who hit .538 at Mississippi this year.

David Francis beat out Casey Hodges at Danville after Casey fell apart in his final two starts of the season.

Here are last year's player and pitcher of the year for the Braves.