Paul Owens loved minor league baseball. He spent a big chunk of his 48 years in baseball dealing with minor league players and teams. Since 1986, the Phillies have awarded the top player and pitcher with an award named in honor of Owens. This season, they've saluted Kyle Drabek as the top pitcher in the organization and Michael Taylor as the top position player.
Drabek, who came back from Tommy John surgery to pitch late last season, showed that he was completely healthy and split his season between Clearwater and Reading. In his two stops, Drabek was 12-3 with a 3.19 ERA before being shut down for the rest of the season last week.
The Phillies shut down Drabek because of concern over how many innings he has pitched this season after pitching very little last season.
Taylor also played at two levels this season - Reading and Lehigh Valley - and hit a combined 20-84-.320 in the two stops. Taylor landed on the DL last month with a strained right oblique and may not return to Lehigh Valley before the end of the season on Monday.
Besides being honored by the Phillies, Taylor was named the Eastern League Rookie of the Year winner. Taylor hit 15 of his home runs for Double-A Reading and hit .333 in his Eastern League stint.
Both players will receive their awards prior to the Phillies September 15 game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.