Two players, above all others, stood out as the best of the best. 3B Maikel Franco and SP Severino Gonzalez have been named the 2013 Paul Owens Award winners for top minor league position player and top minor league pitcher.
Franco, 21, was the talk-of-the-town in Philadelphia for a large portion of the season. He was spectacular for Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Franco hit .320/.356/.569 with 31 home runs and 103 RBIs between both levels. In 69 Double-A games, he batted .339/.363/.563 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs.
Gonzalez, who turns 21 on September 28th, pitched at three levels this year: Single-A Lakewood, Single-A Clearwater, and Double-A Reading. In 25 games (14 starts) this season, Gonzalez went 7-5 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP while striking out 119 batters with just 22 walks. In his lone start for Reading, Gonzalez allowed two runs on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts over 6.2 innings of work.
These two kids could be impact players sooner rather than later.
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