The impressive half of a season Miguel Sano put together for the Minnesota Twins has garnered him recognition from the local media.
It was announced Tuesday that Sano is the winner of a couple of Diamond Awards, as voted on by the Twins Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Sano was named winner of the Calvin R. Griffith Award (Most Valuable Twins) and the Bill Boni Award (Most Outstanding Rookie) after hitting .269 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI in just 80 games this past season. Sano is the first Twins player to receive both awards in the same season.
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Kyle Gibson, who had a 3.84 ERA with a career-high 145 strikeouts, was tabbed Joseph W. Haynes (Pitcher of the Year) winner.
Other awards and their winners:
Aaron Hicks -- Charles O. Johnson (Most Improved)
Torii Hunter -- Bob Allison (determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit, leadership on and off the field) and Mike Augustin ("Media Good Guy")
Eddie Rosario -- Jim Kaat (Defensive Player of Year)
Brian Dozier -- Carl R. Pohlad (Commuity Service)
Max Kepler -- Sherry Robertson (Minor League Player of Year)
Jose Berrios -- Jim Rantz (Minor League Pitcher of Year)
Julio Becquer -- Kirby Puckett (Alumni Community Service)
Pittsburgh's Tony Watson -- Dick Siebert (Upper Midwest Player of the Year)