Pelicans’ Rowen earns CL reliever of the year award

Pelicans closer Ben Rowen has been named Carolina League Relief Pitcher of the Year for the 2012 season.  Rowen is tied for the league lead with 18 saves and his 17 since the all-star break is tied for most in Minor League Baseball.

Rowen is in his third professional season after getting drafted out of Virginia Tech in the 22th round in the 2010 draft. The Williamsville, NY native has allowed only nine earned runs in 55.1 innings pitched so far this season. His .186 batting average against and .70 WHIP also lead all Carolina League relievers. Since the all-star break Rowen has 17 saves in 18 opportunities and sports a 0.96 ERA. He did not allow a run at home from May 8th until August 18th including a streak from June 3rd until August 18th when he did not allow a run at all.

Rowen, along with fellow Pelican reliever Jimmy Reyes, will play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League for the Surprise Saguaros managed by Pelicans Manager Jason Wood.

Winston-Salem first baseman Dan Black was named Carolina League MVP, while Lynchburg right hander Gus Schlosser was selected Pitcher of the Year. Winston-Salem’s Tommy Thompson was voted Manager of the Year.

* The Texas Rangers also announced that Myrtle Beach Pelicans Jimmy Reyes and Ben Rowen will join four former Pelicans as Rangers representatives playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. They will play for the Surprise Saguaros, managed by Pelicans manager Jason Wood.

Reyes and Rowen will be joined by Pelicans alumni Miguel De Los Santos, Chris McGuiness, Ryan Rodebaugh and Leury Garcia on the Saguaros. The other Rangers minor leaguers are Kellan Deglan and Luis Sardinas, who are both likely to play for Myrtle Beach next season after spending 2012 at Class-A Hickory.

Reyes, the Pelicans lone left handed reliever for a majority of the season, is 6-3 with a 2.56 ERA and 3 saves for Myrtle Beach. He has pitched 63.1 innings over 38 games. He leads all Myrtle Beach pitchers in games pitches.  Reyes has been dominant at home with a 0.93 ERA in games played at TicketReturn.com Field. He also has struck out 68 batters against only 16 walks

Rowen, who was named Carolina League Relief Pitcher of the Year, is 5-0 with 1.46 ERA and 18 saves for Myrtle Beach. He has thrown 55.1 innings over 36 games.  Ben has an unheard of 16-1 strikeout to walk ratio with 48 strikeouts to 3 walks.

LHP De Los Santos (3-2, 5.17 ERA, 55.2 IP), 1B McGuiness (.262, 22 HR, 73RBI), RHP Rodebaugh (3-5, 2.17 ERA, 5 saves, 49.2 IP) and SS Garcia (.283, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 30 SB) all played this season for Double-A Frisco after playing most of 2011 in Myrtle Beach.

They will play for the Surprise Saguaros at Surprise Stadium, the Rangers and Kansas City Royals spring training home. Pelicans Manager Jason Wood will manage the team after spending the 2011 AFL season as a coach. The Rangers prospects will join prospects from the Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox on the Surprise roster. They will play their first game on October 9th and the AFL season will run through the middle of November.

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