Two former BlueClaws were named winners of the Paul Owens Award by the Phillies.
2018 BlueClaw David Parkinson and 2017 BlueClaw Austin Listi were named winners of the Paul Owens Award, presented annually to the Phillies top minor league pitcher and position player.
Parkinson was named the organization's top minor league pitcher. He opened the season with the BlueClaws, going 8-1 with a 1.51 ERA over 17 starts. He also had a stretch of 34 straight innings from May 12th through June 25th in which he did not allow an earned run. He was promoted to Clearwater in August and went 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA over five games with the Threshers.
The left-hander from Ole Miss was twice named SAL Pitcher of the Week and threw seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in the Father's Day win over Hickory in which, coupled with a Kannapolis loss later that day, the BlueClaws clinched the South Atlantic League First-Half Championship.
Parkinson joins OF Quintin Berry (2007), SS JP Crawford (2014), and RHP Ricardo Pinto (2015) as Owens Award winners that spent part of their award-winning season with the BlueClaws.
Listi, drafted last year out of Dallas Baptist, hit four home runs for Lakewood in 2017, including a walk-off home run in the final game of the season. This year, he hit a combined .312 with 18 home runs and 84 RBIs between Clearwater and Reading.
"Austin and David both had incredible seasons in 2018," assistant general manager Bryan Minniti said. "Austin opened everyone's eyes with his offensive output, and he has a bright future in this game. David's competitiveness and ability to miss bats led to dominating performances at both Lakewood and Clearwater, which proved to be integral to both teams reaching the playoffs this year."
The Paul Owens Award was instituted in 1986 and is named for the late Paul Owens, who spent 48 years in the Phillies organization as a scout, farm director, general manager, manager and senior advisor. The players will receive their awards on the field on Sept. 28, prior to the Phillies' 7:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves.
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