SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Colorado Rockies announced today that first baseman Brian Mundell has been named the Doug Million Minor League Player of the Year. Additionally, High-A Modesto (Lancaster) Pitching Coach Brandon Emanuel has been named the recipient of the third annual P.J. Carey Player Development Award.
Mundell, 23, spent the entirety of the 2016 season with Low-A Asheville, where he batted .313 (168-for-537) with 59 doubles, 14 home runs and 83 RBI. His 59 doubles set the modern day Minor League record for the most doubles in a single season and tied former Rockies player Todd Helton for the Colorado Rockies organization record for the most doubles in a single season. He also led the team in games (136), runs (94), hits (168), RBI (83), total bases (271) and walks (56) en route to being named the South Atlantic League's Most Valuable Player, a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star, a MiLB Organization All-Star and the MiLB.com South Atlantic Player of the Month for May.
Emanuel enters his third season in the Rockies organization as the pitching coach for the Rockies High-A affiliate, which will transition from Modesto to Lancaster in 2017. In 2016, the Modesto staff led the California League in team ERA, with three pitchers finishing in the top three in the league in individual ERA and two pitchers finishing first and second in the league in strikeouts. Prior to his current position, he spent seven years as a pitching coach in the Los Angeles Angels organization (2007-2013).
The Doug Million Award has been awarded annually to the most outstanding Minor League player in the Rockies system since 1992. Past winners include Todd Helton (1997), Brad Hawpe (2002) and Jeff Francis (2004).
The P.J. Carey Player Development Award is given to a top player development staff member in the Rockies organization in honor of the beloved longtime Rockies coach, who passed away in 2012. Carey spent 13 of his 22-season Minor League managing career at the helm of the Rockies Rookie and Single-A teams and was named Manager of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2005. He also served as the Rockies Major League bullpen coach in 1997.