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Angels Announce 2011 Minor League Awards

First Baseman Efren Navarro
First Baseman Efren Navarro

The Angels Wednesday announced the organization’s 2011 Minor League Award winners...

Kenny Myers Minor League Player of the YearKOLE CALHOUN
Kole Calhoun, 23, played his second season in the Angels’ system in 2011 after being drafted out of Arizona State in 2010… Spent the campaign at single-A Inland Empire where he batted .324 (166/512) with 94 runs scored, 36 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs, 99 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 133 games… Among California League leaders, Calhoun ranked third in total bases (280), sixth in average, fourth in hits, tied for sixth in home runs and fifth in RBI… His OPS of .957 ranked third in the circuit.

Howie Gershberg Minor League Pitcher of the YearMATT SHOEMAKER
Matt Shoemaker, 25, spent the majority of his fourth season in the Halos’ system with double-A Arkansas… Named Texas League Pitcher of the Year… Posted a 12-5 record with five complete games, two shutouts and a 2.48 ERA in 23 starts… His 2.48 ERA led Texas league starters and ranked third in all of double-A while his 1.07 WHIP was tops in double-A… Shoemaker was called up to triple-A Salt Lake at season’s end and made four starts with the Bees… Shoemaker was among the 24 minor league players named to the U.S. national team for this fall's World Cup and Pan American Games.

Minor League Gold Glove AwardEFREN NAVARRO
Efren Navarro, 25, spent his first season at the triple-A level in 2011 with Salt Lake… He was chosen as a recipient of a Rawlings Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence at his position during the 2011 minor league season… He set several Salt Lake defensive records for a first baseman, including total chances (1,357), putouts (1,285), double plays (140) and fielding percentage (.998)… He registered just three errors in 1,357 total chances and led all Pacific Coast League first basemen in fielding percentage.

Preston Gomez Minor League Manager of the YearTY BOYKIN
Ty Boykin spent his 11 season as a manager in the Angels’ system in 2011, his 20th season in the Halo organization… Boykin guided the Tempe Angels to a second place finish in the East Division of the Arizona Rookie League… He has managed the Tempe Angels since 2007, compiling a record of 162-117 (.581).