Odorizzi, Komatsu named top farmhands
Hot off the presses from the Brewers. Jake Odorizzi is a no-brainer, but I’m probably not the only one surprised that Erik Komatsu got the nod over a higher-profile prospect like Brett Lawrie or Scooter Gennett:
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the recipients of the 2010 Robin Yount Performance Awards which recognizes the Brewers Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year. Outfielder Erik Komatsu was selected as the club’s Minor League Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi was named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.Komatsu, 22, spent the entire season with Class-A Brevard County, where he batted .323 with 5 HR, 63 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 130 games with more walks (68) than strikeouts (61). Komatsu led the Florida State League in runs scored (90), on-base percentage (.413) and walks and ranked second in the league in batting average and hits (157). He was selected to the Florida State League Midseason and Postseason All-Star teams.Komatsu played all three outfield positions, making 73 starts in center field, 30 starts in right field and 22 starts in left field. He had a 13-game hitting streak from July 15-30 and reached base safely in 23 straight games from May 3-27. Komatsu was drafted by the Brewers in the eighth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal-State Fullerton and was signed by area scout Josh Belovsky.Odorizzi, 20, spent the entire season with Class-A Wisconsin, where he went 7-3 with a 3.43 ERA (120.2ip, 46er) in 23 games (20 starts). His ERA ranked ninth-best in the Midwest League. He was selected to the Midwest League All-Star team and was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for August 23-30.As a starter, Odorizzi went 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA (112.2ip, 40er). He made three relief appearances, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (8ip, 6er) and one save. Odorizzi was drafted by the Brewers in the supplemental first round (32nd overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Highland (IL) High School. He was signed by area scout Harvey Kuenn Jr.