Roman Anthony, Wikelman Gonzalez headline Crimson Sox’ minor league award winners

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Infielder David Hamilton claimed Defensive Participant of the 12 months after making his debut with the big-league ballclub this season.

Roman Anthony stands at bat.
Roman Anthony slashed a scorching .343/.477/.543 with a 1.020 in 10 video games for Double A Portland after a late-season promotion. Salem Crimson Sox

The Crimson Sox introduced their minor league award winners on Monday, honoring the standout performers within the farm system this 12 months.

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Outfielder Roman Anthony, the Sox’ No. 2 prospect and the Nineteenth-ranked prospect in baseball by Baseball America, was the group’s Offensive Participant of the 12 months after his exceptional rise to change into the primary Sox teenager to achieve Double A Portland since Xander Bogaerts in 2012. Anthony hit .294/.412/.569 with 12 homers and 29 extra-base hits in 54 video games with Excessive A Greenville, sufficient to earn him a promotion and additional nationwide prospect prominence.

Anthony dazzled in his temporary season-ending stint in Portland, slashing a .343/.477/.543 line with a 1.020 OPS in 10 video games, laying a robust basis for opening 2024 in Double A.

Infielder David Hamilton claimed Defensive Participant of the 12 months after making his debut with the big-league ballclub this season. The 25-year-old by no means actually discovered a rhythm on the plate, however contributed together with his glove when known as upon to play shortstop earlier than Trevor Story’s return from damage.

Righthander Wikelman Gonzalez took dwelling Beginning Pitcher of the 12 months. The Venezuelan’s numbers in Greenville early within the season weren’t notably spectacular, however the group noticed sufficient to advertise him to Double A Portland in July, the place he thrived. Gonzalez posted a 2.42 ERA in 10 begins there, hanging out 63 batters in simply 48 ⅓ innings, and tossed the primary six innings of a mixed Sea Canine no-hitter on July 23.

Reduction Pitcher of the 12 months went to righty Luis Guerrero, who tossed 49 ⅔ innings for Portland with a 1.81 ERA earlier than a rocky late-season promotion to Triple A Worcester.

Speedy Ceddanne Rafaela, who reached the majors on the finish of August, was the Sox’ Baserunner of the 12 months after swiping 37 bases throughout three totally different ranges in 2023.

Infielder Yoeilin Cespedes was named Latin Program Place Participant of the 12 months. Simply 17 years previous through the season — he turned 18 on Sept. 8 — the diminutive Dominican flashed his appreciable offensive upside with a .346/.392/.560 slash line within the Dominican Summer time League.

The Latin Program Pitcher of the 12 months was Gilberto Batista, who held opponents to a .228 batting common within the Dominican Summer time League.

Lefthander Brandon Walter took dwelling the Lou Gorman Award, given yearly to a Sox minor leaguer who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles whereas working his approach to the majors. The 27-year-old made his big-league debut on June 22.