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Astros honor Minor League MVPs

Astros honor Minor League MVPs

HOUSTON -- Mark Saccomanno would have been at Minute Maid Park on Saturday regardless of whether he had been called up to the big leagues or not, but he couldn't have asked for a better scenario than to be honored as a Minor League MVP while wearing a Major League uniform.

Saccomanno, along with seven other Minor League MVPs, were recognized for their contributions to their respective teams during a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's game between the Astros and Braves. The ceremony is a yearly ritual, conducted during the last homestand of the regular season.

"It's pretty much ideal," Saccomanno said. "I wasn't going to stop playing until I made it to this point. I feel like I contributed a little bit, at least in one game."

Saccomanno, who hit .297 with 27 homers and 84 RBIs for Triple-A Round Rock this year, was called up on Sept. 8 and hit a home run that night in his very first big league at-bat.

Also recognized as team MVPs were Double-A Corpus Christi infielder Drew Sutton, Class A Salem infielder Mark Ori, Class A Lexington infielder Eric Taylor, Short Season Class A infielder Phil Disher, Rookie League right-hander Kyle Greenwalt, Dominican Summer League infielder Miguel Arrendell and Venezuelan Summer League right-hander Carlos Quevedo.

Sutton batted .317 for Corpus, the fourth-highest average in the Texas League. He hit 20 home runs and drove in 69 runs and finished with an on-base percentage of .408, second in the league. Sutton was named to the Texas League's Midseason and Postseason All-Star teams.

Ori, a Carolina League Postseason All-Star, finished third in the league with a .304 average and 89 RBIs. His RBI total ranked first among all Astros Minor Leaguers.

Taylor finished his season in Lexington with a .255 average, nine homers and 56 RBIs. He ranked third among all Astros prospects with 27 stolen bases and posted a .992 fielding percentage over 128 games at first base.

Disher hit .304 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs for Tri-City. A 15th-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Disher finished second in the New York-Penn League in both home runs and RBIs. He was also a NYPL Mid-Season All-Star.

Greenwalt posted a 3.14 ERA over 13 starts for Greeneville to win MVP honors. His performance earned him a late-season promotion to Tri-City, where he made two appearances, lowering his overall ERA this year to 3.01, the second-lowest in the Astros farm system.

For the Dominican Summer League Astros, Arrendell hit .284 with 20 stolen bases. He had a .459 on-base percentage for the season and was named to the DSL All-Star team. Quevedo was tabbed MVP of the Venezuelan Summer League team after posting a 4-2 record and a 1.98 ERA over 14 starts.

The Astros currently have three of the organization's former Minor League MVP honorees on their active roster, including Lance Berkman and Hunter Pence. Berkman was MVP of the Double-A team in 1998, and Pence was MVP of Lexington in '05.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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