The Kansas City Royals announced on Tuesday that infielder Frank Schwindel and right-hander Jakob Junis are the recipients of Omaha's Player and Pitcher of the Year Awards, respectively. The two will be honored along with the winners from each of the Royals' other seven affiliates at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, September 29.
Schwindel, 25, in 99 games with the Storm Chasers accumulated a .321 batting average (126-392), adding 51 runs, 30 doubles, 17 homers and 72 RBI. Starting on the day he made his Triple-A debut with Omaha on May 18 until the end of the season, he ranked first in the Pacific Coast League in doubles, as well as tied for first in hits, second in total bases (207), tied for fifth in extra-base hits (47) and tied for seventh in RBI. Schwindel recorded three hits streaks of more than ten games with Omaha, including a ten-game stretch to cap 2017, while recording knocks in 47 of his final 50 games for the Storm Chasers.
Video: Omaha's Schwindel slugs a grand slam
Between Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2017, Schwindel ranked tied for second among all minorleague players in doubles (43), in addition to tied for third in hits (174), fifth in total bases (286), tied for fifth in extra-base hits (66) and seventh in RBI (97). He also paced all Royals farmhands in doubles and RBI in 2017. Schwindel was selected by the Royals in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Junis, 25, posted a 3-5 record and 2.92 ERA (23 ER/71.0 IP) in 12 starts for Omaha, adding 86 strikeouts compared to just 15 walks. He matched a single-game career-high with 12 punchouts on May 26 at Nashville over seven shutout frames while also matching the franchise's highest such total in the Pacific Coast League Era (since 1998).
Video: Storm Chasers' Junis notches 12th K
The 25-year-old also made his Major League debut with Kansas City on April 12 versus Oakland, and through 19 appearances (15 starts) for the Royals has compiled an 8-3 record and 4.39 ERA (45 ER/92.1 IP), along with 75 strikeouts compared to 23 free passes. The Royals drafted the righty in the 29th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Royals' George Brett Hitter of the Year and Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year honors will be announced during the offseason. Junis was the recipient of the 2016 edition of the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year Award, while Storm Chasers infielder Hunter Dozier earned the 2016 George Brett Hitter of the Year Award.
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