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Wheeler Named Minor League Player of Year

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Wheeler Named Minor League Player of Year


YAKIMA - The Arizona Diamondbacks have named their minor league players of the year for 2009. Billy Buckner from the AAA Reno Aces has been named the pitcher of the year. Yakima's first baseman, Ryan Wheeler, has been named the top position player in the organization.

            Wheeler was assigned to Yakima out of the 2009 amateur draft after being taken in the 5th round out of Loyola Marymount University. The star first baseman led the Bears with a .363 batting average. Ryan's 28 extra base hits resulted in a .538 slugging percentage. He tied the Bears franchise record for on base percentage with a .461 mark. With only 5 errors in 64 games, Wheeler showed how valuable his defense is as well.

"Ryan Wheeler is the best player I have seen come through Yakima," added Bears general manager, K.L. Wombacher. "Even though it is early in his career and anything can happen, I can see Ryan becoming an impact player in the Major Leagues very soon. We couldn't be happier for him to receive this well deserved recognition."

With over 200 players in the Diamondbacks farm system, Ryan Wheeler led all players in average, and on base percentage. This is the first time since 1997 that a short season player has been named minor league player of the year for the Arizona Diamondbacks.