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Houston BBWAA announces annual awards

Catcher Jason Castro has been selected the Houston Astros Most Valuable Player in an unanimous vote by the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Castro, 26, was among the top offensive catchers in the Majors this season, hitting .276 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI before landing on the disabled list Sept. 13 after having a cyst removed from his knee. His 2013 on base percentage was .350 with a slugging average of .485. He was named to the AL All-Star team and was a two-time AL Player of the Week Award winner.

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The former Stanford star was picked 10th overall in the 2008 Draft, and made his Astros big league debut in 2010, appearing in 67 games.

Others named in the annual writers' poll are Brett Oberholtzer, Pitcher of the Year; Jarred Cosart, Rookie of the Year; Carlos Corporan, Darryl Kile Award winner; and Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondback first baseman, Houston Area Major League Player of the Year.

Oberholtzer, 24, finished his rookie season with a 4-5 record and an ERA of 2.76 over 73 innings. He struck out 45, allowed seven home runs and 13 walks. He posted a 2.24 ERA after joining the starting rotation on July 31, which ranked 2nd in the AL in that span. He also hurled two complete games. 

 Cosart, 23, was 1-1 in his 10 starts with a 1.95 ERA. For the two months he was in the starting rotation (July 12- Sept. 9), Cosart's 1.95 ERA was the lowest in the AL. 

Corporan's Kile Award is also called the "good guy award," in memory of the late Darryl Kile, a former Astro and St. Louis Cardinal. It is presented to the player chosen most affable with teammates, fans and the press.

Goldschmidt played high school baseball at The Woodlands and has been with the Diamondbacks two-plus seasons. In 2013, he led the NL in RBI with 125 while tying for the league lead in HR with 36, both career highs. Goldschmidt also hit .302 with a .403 on base average and a .551 slugging percentage.

Steve Perry, who has been with the Astros 34 seasons, serving 24 as visiting clubhouse manager, is the 2013 recipient of the Fred Hartman Long and Meritorious Service to Baseball Award. This award is in memory of the late Baytown newspaper man who covered the Astros from their infancy in 1962 until his death in 1991. Perry joined the Astros as a batboy in 1979, but by mid-season was promoted to an assistant in the visiting clubhouse. He was named visiting clubhouse manager in 1989. He and his wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Nicole and Amanda, lived in Houston.

Bill Hartman of the Fort Bend Herald was re-elected chairman of the Houston BBWAA chapter.

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