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11/14/2008 10:33 AM ET
Mariners name Greg Halman Minor League Player of the Year; Michael Pineda named Pitcher of the Year
Pitchers Rich Dorman and Mumba Rivera earn Ellis Award
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Minor League MVPs

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Greg Hunter announced today the Mariners Minor League Most Valuable Players.

Outfielder Greg Halman was named Player of the Year, while right-hander Michael Pineda was named Pitcher of the Year.

"All of these players deserve credit for the hard work they have put in this season," Hunter said. "Continued improvement is the first step in their overall development to get to the big leagues. Our Player Development and Scouting staffs do a great job with the development of all the players throughout our system."

Halman, 21, hit .272 (134x492) with 95 runs scored, 29 doubles, five triples, 29 home runs, 83 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 128 games combined between Single-A High Desert and Double-A West Tennessee. His 29 home runs led all Mariners farmhands, while he also ranked second in stolen bases and third in RBI. Halman began the season with High Desert and was rated the No. 13 prospect in the California League by Baseball America. He hit seven home runs in seven games, May 13-21, including two multi-home run games on May 13 at Bakersfield and May 21 vs. Inland Empire. Halman also set a new career-high by recording six RBI on May 21 vs. Inland Empire, hitting two three-run home runs. He was promoted to West Tennessee on June 17, appearing in 61 games. Halman recorded a career-high five hits, going 5x5 with two runs scored, a home run and four RBI on July 16 vs. Jacksonville. He had a season-high 10-game hit streak, batting .316 (12x38) with eight runs scored, seven extra-base hits and six RBI from Aug. 14-24. Halman was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on June 26, 2004.

Pineda, 19, spent the season with Single-A Wisconsin, going 8-6 with 1.95 ERA in 26 games, 21 starts. In 138.1 innings, he struck out 128 batters, allowed 38 runs, 30 earned, and limited his opponents average to .216 (109x504). He led all Mariners Minor Leaguers in strikeouts and ERA, while his eight wins ranked tied for fourth in the organization. Pineda got the season off to a fast start, allowing only one run in his first 23.2 innings of work (0.38 ERA) from April 5-May 9. He allowed three-or-less earned runs in 19 of 21 starts, including his last 11 consecutive starts, July 6-Sept. 1. Pineda tossed his first career complete game shutout, allowing only one hit and striking out a career-high 14 in his final start of the season on Sept. 1 at Quad Cities. His complete game shutout was the first by a Rattler pitcher since Tony Butler's four-hitter at Burlington on Aug. 26, 2007. Pineda's 14 strikeouts were also the most by a Rattler pitcher since Tom Oldham struck out 15 Dayton Dragons over 8.0 innings on June 28, 2004 in Grand Chute. Pineda was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on Dec. 12, 2005.

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