The Boston Red Sox today announced left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy as the winner of the first annual Lou Gorman Award. The award is given to a Red Sox minor league player who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while working his way to the Major League team. The award was presented today during an on-field ceremony recognizing the organization's 2011 Minor League Awards held prior to the Red Sox game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Gorman was the Red Sox vice president/general manager from 1984-1993 and later served as vice president of baseball operations and executive consultant until his death in April 2011. He was a staunch advocate of player development throughout his professional baseball career, particularly during his time with the Red Sox.
"Lou Gorman was a force within baseball and impacted the game in so many ways," said Larry Lucchino, President/CEO. "His dedication to player development had a significant and lasting effect on both the Red Sox and Major League Baseball. This award will give us an opportunity to annually honor Lou's legacy and to recognize a minor league player who embodies the characteristics that he so admired."
Hottovy made his Major League debut at 29-years-old on June 3 in his eighth professional season and appeared in eight games in relief for the Red Sox. He combined for a 2.47 ERA (15 ER/54.2 IP) with two saves, 47 strikeouts and 13 walks in 32 relief appearances between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket this season. Boston's third pick (fourth round, 125th overall) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Hottovy posted a 1.93 ERA (4 ER/18.2 IP) with the Sea Dogs prior to joining the PawSox on May 14.