ST. LOUIS -- Astros prospects Delino DeShields Jr., a second baseman, and right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz have been named the club's Minor League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. They'll be recognized on Friday at Minute Maid Park before the Astros take on the Pirates. MLB.com ranks DeShields as the fifth-best prospect
in Houston's organization and Foltynewicz as the seventh best.
DeShields hit a combined .287 (154-for-537) with a .389 on-base percentage, 12 homers, 61 RBIs and 101 stolen bases for Class A Lexington (111 games) and Class A Advanced Lancaster (24 games). He's the first player in the history of the Astros organization to swipe at least 100 bases in a season.
Foltynewicz spent the entire season in Lexington and went 14-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 27 starts. A first-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, the 6-foot-4 Foltynewicz allowed 145 hits and 62 walks, striking out 125 batters in 152 innings. He went 9-1 with a 2.13 ERA in the first half of the season.
Meanwhile, infielder Austin Elkins of Tri-City -- a Class A Short Season affiliate -- was named the Offensive Player of the Postseason for the New York-Penn League by MiLB.com, and infielder Jonathan Meyer of Lancaster received the same honor for the California League. Elkins had 10 hits in six playoff games, and Meyer drove in 10 runs in 10 games to help the JetHawks to the league title.