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Flying Squirrels announce 2019 team awards

Fargas named Player of the Year, Halstead named Pitcher of the Year for 10th season
September 1, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Flying Squirrels announced the recipients of their 2019 team awards in a pregame ceremony on Sunday night at The Diamond. Outfielder Johneshwy Fargas was selected as the team's Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Ryan Halstead was named as the Pitcher of the Year.

RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Flying Squirrels announced the recipients of their 2019 team awards in a pregame ceremony on Sunday night at The Diamond. Outfielder Johneshwy Fargas was selected as the team's Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Ryan Halstead was named as the Pitcher of the Year.

Additionally, Jalen Miller was named the Puritan Cleaners "Dirty Squirrel" of the Year and Matt Winn was named the recipient of the 2019 Flying Squirrels Community Service Award.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - JOHNESHWY FARGAS
Fargas leads qualified Flying Squirrels batters with a .249 batting average this season. He also leads the Eastern League and ranks fourth in all of minor league baseball with 49 stolen bases, tied with Kelby Tomlinson for the most in a single season in Flying Squirrels franchise history. Fargas leads the team in triples (5) and is tied for the team lead in runs scored (54). Defensively, he set a new team record with 14 outfield assists on the year.
"Johneshwy Fargas comes to the park every day full of energy," Flying Squirrels manager Willie Harris said. "He was a spark plug for our team this year, and he was the most consistent player. It brings tons of joy to watch him play and tons of joy to know he's going to get better. I'm looking forward to him coming out next year and being an even better ballplayer."
PITCHER OF THE YEAR - RYAN HALSTEAD
Playing his third overall season with the Flying Squirrels, Halstead has gone 3-6 with a 3.53 ERA this season in 33 total appearances. In his six starts, the first starts of his professional career, Halstead has gone 1-2 with a 2.67 ERA. After opening the season with an 8.44 ERA through his first 10 games, Halstead has posted a 1.89 ERA in his 23 pitching outings for the Flying Squirrels since May 21.
"Ryan Halstead earned and deserves this award," Harris said. "Coming from where he was earlier in the season, he was the best pitcher for us this year. He will do anything you ask him to do, whether you need him to go two innings or five innings, he was willing to do it for the team."
PURITAN CLEANERS DIRTY SQUIRREL OF THE YEAR - JALEN MILLER
Miller was named an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star, representing the Flying Squirrels in the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game at The Diamond on July 10. He has played 133 of Richmond's 137 games so far this year and is tied for the team lead with 54 runs scored and 46 RBIs. Miller also leads the team in hits (104), ranks second in home runs (11) and second in walks (48). He has the second-most steals for the Flying Squirrels with 27, which is tied for sixth in the league.
"Jalen Miller is always playing hard, no matter the score," Harris said. "Even if we were losing games by a good amount of runs in the eighth or ninth inning, he was out there diving at second base making plays for his pitcher. That just goes to show you his character and what he's about. He's always going to play hard for his pitchers and his teammates."
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD - MATT WINN
A Richmond native who proudly gave back to his hometown throughout the season, Matt Winn represented the Flying Squirrels during appearances at the local MLB Play Ball event, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Miracle League, Camp Warrior, Feed More and Virginia Treatment Center for Children. He also put his catching skills to work, often catching ceremonial first pitches prior to games. The first-ever Richmond native to suit up for the Flying Squirrels, Winn has spent parts of four seasons with the team since 2016.
"You won't find a better 'team guy' than Matt Winn," Harris said. "He's all about his teammates and about his community, and I think he's shown that with all the contributions he has made for this community here in his home town, being supportive of kids and doing camps. It's a lot for him. He catches a lot of bullpens during games and then wakes up early in the morning to do community service. What a great guy to have."  
PREVIOUS FLYING SQUIRRELS TEAM AWARD WINNERS
2010
Player of the Year: Thomas Neal
Pitcher of the Year: David Mixon
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Thomas Neal
2011
Player of the Year: Roger Kieschnick
Pitcher of the Year: Eric Surkamp
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Skyler Stromsmoe
2012
Player of the Year: Juan Perez
Pitcher of the Year: Chris Heston
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Gary Brown
2013
Player of the Year: Javier Herrera
Pitcher of the Year: Jack Snodgrass
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Ryan Lollis
2014
Player of the Year: Matt Duffy
Pitcher of the Year: Jack Snodgrass
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Kelby Tomlinson
2015
Player of the Year: Rando Moreno
Pitcher of the Year: Joe Biagini
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Myles Schroder
2016
Player of the Year: Hunter Cole
Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Beede
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Steven Duggar
Community Service Award: Eliezer Zambrano
2017
Player of the Year: Miguel Gómez
Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Cyr
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Myles Schroder
Community Service Award: Jeff Arnold
2018
Player of the Year: Ryan Howard
Pitcher of the Year: Dillon McNamara
Puritan Cleaners Dirty Squirrel of the Year: Matt Lipka
Community Service Award: Dan Slania
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