Following a career season where he belted 22 home runs and drove in a Southern League leading 87 runs batted in – Milwaukee named Stars’ first baseman Jason Rogers it’s Minor League Player of the Year.
In addition, Brewers’ third rated prospect Johnny Hellweg formerly of Nashville was honored as the Pitcher of the Year today in announcement made by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hellweg tied for second in the Pacific Coast League with 12 victories despite spending some time with the parent club earlier in the season and was also second in the PCL with an earned run average of 3.12. He also struck out 89 batters in 125 innings in Triple A while allowing just 81 walks.
The pitching prospect was named the PCL Pitcher of the Year after his stellar season for Nashville while Rogers is the sole Stars’ sole representative on the Southern League Post-Season All-Star team.
Rogers belted three home runs on August 20 and drove in six against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and had a season batting average of .270 for the Stars.
In addition, Rogers collected 25 doubles and walked 59 times for the Double A affiliate and accrued a .346 On Base Percentage.
The first baseman was named as the Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Month for two consecutive months – and produced a 16-game hitting streak for Huntsville.
Hellweg was recently recalled by Milwaukee along with teammate Sean Halton after Major League rosters expanded September 1. Brewers’ top rated prospect Jimmy Nelson joined both.
Rogers will continue playing baseball through November with a stint in the Arizona Fall League beginning in October.
Milwaukee’s 2012 winners were Huntsville’s Hunter Morris and Hiram Burgos of Nashville.