Outfielder Ian Miller and pitcher Nick Neidert headline Mariners 2017 minor league award winners

The award winners will be honored before the Mariners game vs. the Indians at Safeco Field on Sept. 22.

ARLINGTON, Texas — With the minor league regular season now over and only Class A Modesto playing in the postseason, the Mariners and director of player development Andy McKay have announced their 2017 minor league season awards for the top performers in the organization. The official names of the awards were changed last season to reflect former top players that wore Mariners’ uniforms in their career. The winners of the awards will be honored at Safeco Field on Sept. 22 vs. the Indians.

The Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League Hitter of the Year: Ian Miller, OF, (Class AA/Class AAA Tacoma)

Miller, 25, had a breakout 2017, hitting .307 (157 for 512) with a .355 on-base percentage, a .393 slugging percentage,  85 runs scored, 22 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 35 RBIs and 43 stolen bases in 124 games combined between Arkansas and Tacoma. The speedy outfielder set career highs in nearly every offensive category, including runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, average, slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging percentage (.748).

He led the Mariners minor league system with 43 stolen bases and is considered the best overall base runner.

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The Jamie Moyer Minor League Pitcher of the Year:  Nick Neidert, RHP, (High-A Modesto/AA Arkansas) 

Neidert, the Mariners’ top pitching prospect, dominated the Class A Cal League and then predictably struggled after being called up a level to the Class AA Texas League. The 20-year-old right-hander posted an 11-6 record with a 3.45 ERA in 25 combined starts. Neidert started the season with Modesto, posting 10-3 record with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts before being promoted to Arkansas on July 19. He struck out 109 batters and walked just 17  in 104 1/3 innings pitched.

In six starts with Arkansas, Neidert posted a 1-3 record with a 6.56 ERA. He finished the season on the disabled list with a bone bruise after being hit by a line drive in his start on Aug. 19.



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