FORT WAYNE, Ind.
- Fort Wayne alums swept the San Diego Padres' annual minor-league awards for the 2010 season. C Jason Hagerty was named the organization's Offensive Player of the Year and RHP Brad Brach won Pitcher of the Year honors.
Hagerty, 23, hit .302 with 14 homers for the TinCaps in 2010. The switch-hitting catcher was ranked the Padres' No. 10 prospect by Baseball America.
Brach, 24, set a California League record with 41 saves in 2010. He anchored the TinCaps' bullpen in 2009, leading the Midwest League with 33 saves. In his pro career, Brach is 9-6 with a 1.90 ERA, is 78-for-83 in save opportunities and has struck out more than a batter per inning (189 strikeouts in 151.2 innings) while holding the opposition to a .196 batting average.
INF Jeudy Valdez took home the Padres' minor-league Baserunner of the Year award. The 21-year-old stole 34 bases for the TinCaps in 2010.
In addition, C Luis Martinez was named the organization's Defensive Player of the Year. He threw out 31 percent of runners attempting to steal and was the MVP of the 2010 Texas League All-Star Game representing the Double-A San Antonio Missions. Martinez played in Fort Wayne in 2007 and 2008.
Former Fort Wayne manager Gary Jones received the Jack Krol Minor League Coach of the Year Award for 2010. He has won the award three times while serving in several coaching roles in the San Diego organization. Jones has been the roving minor-league infield coordinator for the last four years. He managed Fort Wayne to a playoff appearance in 2003.
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