Watkins, Struck named top Minor League players

Watkins, Struck named top Minor League players

Watkins, Struck named top Minor League players
DENVER -- Infielder Logan Watkins and right-handed pitcher Nick Struck were named the Cubs' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, on Thursday. The two will be honored Monday at Wrigley Field.

Watkins, 23, hit .281 with 93 runs scored, 20 doubles, 11 triples, nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 133 games for Double-A Tennessee. He led the Southern League in runs scored, was second in triples and walks (76) and was fourth in on-base percentage (.383).

A 21st round pick in the 2008 Draft, Watkins has a .285 batting average in 475 career Minor League games.

Struck, 22, went 14-10 with a 3.18 ERA in 28 games (26 starts) for Tennessee. He led the Southern League in victories, ranked third with 155 2/3 innings pitched and fourth in ERA. He led the club with 123 strikeouts and 44 walks, and limited opposing hitters to a .238 batting average.

From May 29 through the end of the season, Struck went 10-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 18 games (16 starts). He allowed three or fewer earned runs in 20 of his 26 starts while giving up two or fewer walks in 21 starts.

A 39th-round selection in the 2009 Draft, Struck is 32-27 with a 3.50 ERA in 84 career Minor League games, including 73 starts. He has struck out 330 batters, walked 134, and surrendered 28 home runs in 431 2/3 innings pitched.