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September 16, 2009 at 11:50 PM

SoxProspects.com 2009 Player Awards

SoxProspects.com is proud to announce that the following players have been selected by the community for recognition as the Site's 2009 award winners:

The SoxProspects Community selected Ryan Lavarnway as the 2009 Offensive Player of the Year, narrowly edging out Portland outfielders Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava. Drafted by the Red Sox in the sixth round out of Yale in 2008, Lavarnway suffered through nagging injuries in his first professional season in Lowell last season. In 2009, the 22-year-old catcher came back in a big way, spending the entire season in Low-A Greenville, hitting .285 with a .367 on-base percentage, and leading the organization with a .540 slugging percentage, 21 home runs, and 59 extra base hits. He also finished second in the organization in OPS (.907, behind Nava's .991) and total bases (218, behind Kalish's 230). In 106 games this season, Lavarnway spent 66 behind the plate and 40 as a designated hitter. Look for the Ivy Leaguer to start the 2010 season in Salem.

Additionally, the community named Casey Kelly as the SoxProspects
Pitcher of the Year, Ryan Westmoreland as SoxProspects Rookie of the Year, Kalish as Breakout Player of the Year, and Anthony Rizzo as Comeback Player of the Year. Each of these four players were also named SoxProspects 2009 All Stars. For details on these players' respective seasons, check out Zach Nicholson's report on the 2009 SoxProspects All Stars.