09/23/2003 4:59 PM ET
Gettis, Greinke win honors
Duo wins minor league player, pitcher of year awards
KANSAS CITY, MO (Sept. 23, 2003) - Kansas City Royals Assistant General Manager - Player Personnel Muzzy Jackson announced today that outfielder Byron Gettis and right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke have been named as the Alex George Royals Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year for 2003.
In addition, the Royals have announced player and pitcher of the year winners for each of the club's seven Minor League affiliates. Gettis, 23, was named Royals Minor League Player of the Year after putting together an impressive offensive season for the Wichita Wranglers (AA).
The outfielder ranked second in the Texas League with a .302 batting average and a career-best 102 RBI, while adding 16 home runs in his first season at the Double-A level. Gettis also ranked among the league leaders in extra base hits (4th, 51), on base percentage (4th, .377) and hits (5th, 154).
The 6-0, 240-pounder was named to both the Texas League mid-season and postseason All-Star teams. The 2003 campaign was his sixth professional season in the Royals organization after being signed as a non-drafted free agent in June 1998.
Greinke, 19, combined for a 15-4 record with a 1.93 ERA at Wilmington (A) and Wichita en route to earning Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors. He began the season with the Blue Rocks, going 11-1 and leading the Carolina League with a 1.14 ERA before his promotion to Wichita on July 5. Greinke then posted a 4-3 mark with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts at the Double-A level.
Kansas City's sixth overall pick of the 2002 June Free Agent Draft. Greinke was honored as the Sporting News Minor League Baseball Player of the Year last week and also earned Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors.
Greinke also participated in the Futures Game held as part of the All-Star festivities in Chicago this July, pitching a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for the United States team.
Jarrod Patterson has been named Player of the Year for the Omaha Royals, the club's Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.
The third baseman batted .257 and paced the O-Royals with 18 home runs on the season, while ranking among the league leaders with 33 doubles and 91 RBI. Patterson has also seen limited action for the big league club, batting .176 in nine games for Kansas City.
The 29-year-old was signed by the Royals as a Minor League free agent prior to the 2003 season. Right-handed pitcher Brad Voyles has been selected as Omaha's Pitcher of the Year after going 2-2 with 2 saves and a 2.99 ERA in 29 games.
He was converted to a starter during the season and went 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA in nine starts. Like Patterson, Voyles,
26, also saw limited action with Kansas City, posting a 0-2 record with a 7.71
ERA in nine games. He was obtained by the Royals from the Atlanta Braves in the
Rey Sanchez deal on July 31, 2001.