The Kansas City Royals announced Tuesday that infielder Frank Schwindel has been named the George Brett Hitter of the Year. The honor was the second 2017 award for Schwindel, 25, who was also named Omaha Player of the Year in September.
Video: Omaha's Schwindel launches a grand slam
The New Jersey native accumulated a .321 average (126-392) with 30 doubles, 17 homers and 72 RBI in just 99 tilts with the Storm Chasers. Schwindel was a force to be reckoned with between his time with Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He set career marks in doubles (43), home runs (23), and RBI (97), leading all Royals farmhands in doubles and RBI. Schwindel also recorded three hitting streaks of 10 games or more, and collected a hit in 47 of his last 50 contests for the Storm Chasers.
Video: Omaha's Schwindel knocks two-run single
Starting on the day he made his Triple-A debut with Omaha on May 18 until the end of the season, Schwindel ranked first in the Pacific Coast League in doubles, as well as tied for first in hits (126), second in total bases (207), tied for fifth in extra-base hits (47) and tied for seventh in RBI.
Schwindel was selected by the Royals in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB draft. The Royals also honored left-handed pitcher Foster Griffin, who was named the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year. Both award winners will be recognized during spring training.
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