November 1, 2007

Slowey, Buscher Rewarded

Kevin Slowey and Brian Buscher both took huge strides to reach the major leagues this past season, and today they were awarded for all of their achievements. Buscher was named the 2007 Minor League Player of the Year and Slowey was named the 2007 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Buscher started the season at Double-A New Britain, and after hitting .308 in 63 games for the Rock Cats, Buscher was promoted to Triple-A Rochester to replace the struggling Matt Mosses. With the Red Wings, Buscher played in 40 games and hit .311 with 7 homeruns. He was then promoted to the majors where he hit .244 with 2 homeruns in 33 games for the Twins.

Pitcher Kevin Slowey had a quick path to the majors just like Buscher, but started his season in Rochester. With the Red Wings, Slowey started 20 games and posted a 10-5 record to go along with a 1.89 ERA. Slowey pitched so well at AAA that he was named to the International League All-Star Team. Slowey was then promoted to the majors where he pitched well for the Twins. In 13 games (11 starts), Slowey posted a 4-1 record and a 4.72 ERA. In addition to this award, Slowey was also named the International League Pitcher of the Year.

Previous winners of the two awards include Joe Mauer, David Ortiz, and Francisco Liriano.