Astros hand out Minor League awards

Astros hand out Minor League awards

CINCINNATI -- Right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles was named Tuesday as the Astros' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, and outfielder J.D. Martinez was named Minor League Player of the Year by the club's player development department. Omar Lopez, who managed the Astros' Gulf Coast League affiliate, was named Player Development Man of the Year.

"Jordan and J.D. have both moved through the system at a rapid pace and seem destined to reach the big leagues in the not-too-distant future," said general manager Ed Wade. "Not only are they talented players, but they're solid-makeup, exceptionally-dedicated kids. Omar has impressed everyone with the work he's done for us in player development. He's had an impact everywhere he's gone and is focused on making our kids better."

Lyles went 7-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock. He spent most of the season in Corpus Christi, going 7-9 with a 3.12 ERA, and was a Texas League All-Star.

Martinez hit .341 with 40 doubles, 18 homers and 89 RBIs combined between Class A Lexington and Double-A Corpus Christi, where he finished the season. He was named the South Atlantic League's Most Valuable Player and was a midseason and postseason All-Star.

All three will be recognized at a pregame ceremony at Minute Maid Park before Saturday's game against the Cubs.