Baez, Hendricks take home Cubs yearly awards

Baez, Hendricks take home Cubs yearly awards
September 13, 2013, 10:45 am
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Tony Andracki

Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks drew headlines all year for their performance in the Cubs minor leagues.

Friday, the pair of prospects were honored for their phenomenal seasons, as the Cubs named Baez the Minor League Player of the Year and Hendricks the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

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Both players were named midseason All-Stars and also found themselves on Baseball America's minor league All-Star team, which was released Thursday.

Baez, rated as the No. 16 prospect in baseball by both Baseball America and MLB.com prior to the 2013 season, led all minor-league players with 111 RBI and 75 extra-base hits that included 37 homers. He also stole 20 bases and scored 98 runs with a .920 OPS while playing 76 games for Class-A Daytona and 54 games for Double-A Tennessee.

Hendricks, acquired from the Rangers in last year's Ryan Dempster deadline deal, dominated Double-A hitters with a 10-3 record and 1.85 ERA in 21 starts. He was promoted to Triple-A Iowa late in the year, where his success continued with a 3-1 record and 2.48 ERA.

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The 23-year-old righty boasted a stellar 3.76 strikeout:walk ratio between both levels and only gave up five homers in 166.1 innings.

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