PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Tyler Cloyd and first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf were announced on Wednesday as the recipients of the 2012 Paul Owens Award, given annually to the best pitcher and position player in the Phillies' farm system.
It continued to be a great couple days for Cloyd, who was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his Major League debut on Wednesday night against the Mets. On Tuesday, he was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher after going 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA.
Ruf, a potential September callup despite the fact he's in Double-A, tied Ryan Howard's single-season record at Reading with his 37th home run of the season on Tuesday. After hitting an astounding 19 home runs in August, Ruf -- ranked 12th among Phillies prospects by MLB.com -- entered Wednesday a mere .05 batting average percentage points shy of leading the Eastern League in every Triple Crown category.
"Both Tyler and Darin have had outstanding seasons," said Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan. "Tyler got off to a great start with Reading and never let up, carrying his success over to Lehigh Valley after his promotion. Darin was the model of consistency this year, with his batting average never going below .300 and his power numbers only improving as the season went on. We couldn't be more proud of both guys."
The duo will be honored before the Phillies' game against the Braves on Sept. 21 at Citizens Bank Park.