Monday, December 09, 2013 12:21 AM
Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Henry Urrutia was honored along with Baysox manager Gary Kendall and pitcher Mike Wright for their performances during the 2013 regular season.
Published on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
The Baltimore Orioles honored a few stars on the Bowie Baysox lineup at Camden Yards in September.
Pitcher Mike Wright, outfielder Henry Urrutia and manager Gary Kendall were acknowledged for their efforts during the 2013 regular season.
Kendall received the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award. Urrutia was named the Brooks Robinson Orioles Minor League Player of the Year, and Wright took home the Jim Palmer Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Their performances led the Baysox to their seventh-consecutive winning record over the span of the franchise’s storied history.
After being just the third Baysox coach to surpass 200 wins with the team, Kendall groomed up one of the best hitters in the minors, which contributed to the success of Cuban defector Urrutia. Playing for the first time ever in America, Urrutia shined in only 52 games for Bowie.
He led the league in batting average (.365) before being promoted to the Orioles roster in July. Urrutia participated in the MLB Futures Game in July and also appeared in 23 games for Baltimore. As Bowie’s most feared batter, the lefty crushed seven home runs and had 37 RBIs.
Kendall also mentored pitcher Kevin Gausman at the start of the season. The Orioles 2012 first-round pick showed a lot of promise during the beginning of the year and he was quickly promoted to the Orioles roster after posting 49 strikeouts with an ERA of (3.11) over eight starts.
“It has been awesome,” Gausman said about his time in an O’s uniform. “It has gone fast but at the same time I feel like been everywhere. It has been really exciting and it is a huge honor for me to get to Baltimore in my first professional season. I thought I had a chance maybe at the end of the year to get a shot, but I never thought it would happen as soon as it did.”
Wright received a Most Valuable Player award in the Eastern League All-Star game and was the most dominant pitcher on the Baysox roster. Wright started 26 games for Bowie going 11-3. He finished the season by leading the Eastern League in ERA and winning percentage. He also led his team in strikeouts.