Green, Fiers named top Minor Leaguers

Taylor Green today became the first player to win the Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year honor for a second time, and right-hander Mike Fiers was the organization’s no-doubt pitcher of the year.

Both players were honored with what the Brewers’ call their “Robin Yount Performance Awards,” given annually to the top player and pitcher in the Minor League chain. They will be honored on the field at Miller Park before the Brewers’ Sept. 24 game against the Marlins.

Green, who also won the Yount Award in 2007 as a 20-year-old, batted .336 with 22 home runs and 88 RBIs in 120 games at Triple-A Nashville, re-establishing himself as a prospect after 2008 and 2009 seasons marred by a wrist injury. Fiers went 13-3 with a 1.86 ERA between Double-A Huntsville and Nashville, and was at his best at the higher level. In two relief appearances and 10 starts with the Sounds, he was 8-0 with a 1.11 ERA.

Both Green, 24, and Fiers, 26, are currently with the big-league Brewers.

The Brewers began naming Minor League players and pitchers of the year in 1999. Green is the first prospect to be honored with the “player” honor twice, though Ben Hendrickson was a two-time pitcher of the year in 2002 and 2004.

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