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09/07/2011 12:47 PM ET
Galvis, May named winners of 2011 Paul Owens Awards
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Shortstop Freddy Galvis and right-hander Trevor May are the winners of the Paul Owens Award for the best player and pitcher, respectively, in the Phillies minor league system for 2011, Benny Looper, Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel announced today.

The two players will receive their awards during a pregame presentation on Sunday, September 18, when the Phillies host the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.

Galvis, 21, hit a combined .278 with 28 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 43 RBI, 23 stolen bases and 78 runs in 137 games between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. The switch-hitter was selected as an Eastern League midseason All-Star before being promoted to Lehigh Valley on August 2, where he batted .321 in his first 29 games for the IronPigs en route to being named Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for August.

May went 10-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 27 games for Single-A Clearwater this season. He struck out 208 batters in 151.1 innings (12.37 SO/9.0 IP), third-most in all of minor league baseball, and held opposing hitters to a .221 average. May is the first Phillies minor leaguer with at least 180 strikeouts in a single season since Mark Davis had 185 for Reading in 1980. In total, May posted seven double-digit strikeout games, including a career-high-tying 14 strikeouts on June 22 against the Tampa Yankees. The 21-year-old earned the win in the 50th annual Florida State League All-Star Game at Bright House Field, was twice named FSL Pitcher of the Week and earned Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for June. Prior to the season, May was ranked as the 5th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system by Baseball America.

"We're very happy with the seasons that both Freddy and Trevor had," Looper said. "At only 21 years old, Freddy rose to the challenge of triple-A ball and improved his batting average. His defense was right where we expected it to be and his instincts on a baseball field are tremendous for a player of his age. Trevor's strikeout totals in the Florida State League were very indicative of his progression in our minor league system. Both young men have very bright futures."

Both Galvis and May were originally signed by the Phillies. Galvis was signed as an amateur free agent in July 2006 out of Punto Fijo, Venezuela, while May was selected in the 4th round of the June 2008 draft from Kelso High School in Washington state.

Instituted in 1986, the award is named for the late Paul Owens, who spent 48 years in the Phillies organization as a scout, farm director, general manager, manager and senior advisor.

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