Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin
By ANDREW GRUMAN  |  Last updated 9/6/13
Johnny Hellweg's stellar minor-league season was recognized further Friday, as the right-hander was named the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year. First baseman Jason Rogers was named as Milwaukee's Minor League Player of the Year after a breakout campaign for Double-A Huntsville. Both awards will be presented at Miller Park on Sept. 21. "We congratulate Johnny and Jason on their great seasons and well-deserved recognition," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. "In his first season at the Triple-A level, Johnny showed why he was chosen as the top pitcher in the Pacific Coast League and we're excited to see him contribute at the Major League level. "Jason had a great finish to the season in the Southern League as the league's top run producer while playing nearly every game this season. This is also a reflection of our player development and scouting staffs as they work hard to provide young players the opportunity to play in Milwaukee." Hellweg, 24, was named the 2013 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, going 12-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 starts for Triple-A Nashville. Acquired last July in the Zack Greinke trade, Hellweg's ERA ranked second in the PCL, while his 12 wins left him tied for second most in the league. Hellweg won 11 of his last 12 decisions in Triple-A and allowed just one earned run in June and July. In four apperances and three starts with the Brewers this season, Hellweg is 0-3 with a 10.97 ERA. He made his major-league debut on June 28 in Pittsburgh, but was sent back to Nashville on July 10. His strong performance in Nashville earned him a September call-up, and Hellweg will rejoin Milwaukee's rotation Saturday against the Cubs. For the second straight season, Milwaukee's Minor League Player of the Year is a Double-A first baseman. A year after Hunter Morris took home the honor, the 25-year-old Rogers earned the award by hitting .270 with 22 HRs and 87 RBI in 133 games. Rogers led the Southern League in RBI and was tied for second in home runs. Milwaukee's 32nd round pick in the 2010 first-year player draft out of Columbus State University, Rogers hit .301 with 11 HR and 66 RBI between Single-A Wisconsin and Single-A advanced Brevard County last season. Recipients of these awards have had good luck in making it to the big leagues. Since Milwaukee began giving out the honors in 1999, Morris is the only player of the year not to appear in the major leagues. Amaury Rivas, who won in 1999, is the only pitcher of the year not to make it. Davis scratched: Brewers left fielder Khris Davis was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sore left wrist and is officially listed as day-to-day. With Davis out, Logan Schafer starts in left field and bats eighth. Initially hitting seventh, first baseman Sean Halton will hit sixth with second baseman Jeff Bianchi bumping up from eighth to seventh in the lineup. Davis, 25, is hitting .279 with nine home runs and 21 RBI in 48 games this season. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter
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