The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are pleased to announce the following players have been selected as this year’s recipients of the R. HOWARD WEBSTER AWARDS, recognizing the most valuable players at each of the Club’s minor league affiliated teams: SS ADEINY HECHAVARRIA (AAA), SS RYAN GOINS (AA), RHP DANIEL BARNES (A), LHP JUSTIN NICOLINO (Low-A), RHP JAVIER AVENDANO (Short-A), SS CHRISTIAN LOPES (Rookie Advanced), RHP ALBERTO TIRADO (Rookie) and SS ROLANDO SEGOVIA (DSL).
NICOLINO becomes the 25th player in Blue Jays history to win two or more WEBSTER AWARDS, having won with the Vancouver Canadians last season. The rest are first time winners.
ADEINY HECHAVARRIA (SS) – .312, 20 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 63 RBI, .788 OPS
5-11, 180, Age-23, Born-Santiago de Cuba, Cuba Bats: Right
Las Vegas – Pacific Coast League (AAA)
The 3rd year shortstop out of Cuba posted a career high .312 batting average for the 51s, while solidifying the Las Vegas infield with stellar defensive play, earning a selection to the PCL All-Star game. Adeiny posted a .385 average vs. left-handed pitching in 2012 and earned a promotion to the Major League club where he is currently batting .259 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 36 games.
RYAN GOINS (SS) - .289, 33 2B, 7 HR, 61 RBI, 15 SB, .745 OPS
5-10, 185, Age-24, Born-Round Rock, TX Bats: Left
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Eastern League (AA)
Selected in the 4th round of the 2009 draft, Goins led the Eastern League with 158 hits and his 33 doubles and a .289 average were team highs. The left-handed hitting shortstop posted a .338 average with runners in scoring position on his way to registering career highs in most offensive categories. An Eastern League All-Star, Goins has been selected by the Blue Jays to play in the Arizona Fall league.
DANIEL BARNES (RHP) – 1-2, 1.40 ERA, 34 SV
6-1, 195, Age-22, Born-Manhasset, NY Throws: Right
Dunedin Blue Jays – Florida State League (A Advanced)
The 35th round pick from 2010 led all Florida State pitchers and set a franchise record with 34 saves, earning mid-season and end of season All-Star selections. Barnes gave up just one run in the second half of the season for a 0.36 ERA leading the Dunedin Blue Jays to a division title. The Manhasset, New York native limited right-handed hitters to a .188 average.
JUSTIN NICOLINO (LHP) – 10-4, 2.46 ERA, 124.1 IP, 112 H, 21 BB, 119 K
6-3, 195, Age-20, Born-Orlando, FL Throws: Left
Lansing Lugnuts – Midwest League (A)
In his second professional season, the 2nd round pick in 2010 posted double digit victories, while leading the Midwest league with a 2.46 ERA. The Orlando, Florida native earned his second consecutive Webster Award having won with Vancouver in 2011 becoming the 25th player to win multiple awards. Nicolino registered a 1.21 ERA in the first half on his way to a mid-season All-Star selection.
JAVIER AVENDANO (RHP) – 10-4, 1.33 ERA, 108.1 IP, 73 H, 43 BB, 130 K (Lan/Van)
6-3, 168, Age-22, Born-Maracaibo, Venezuela Throws: Right
Vancouver Canadians – Northwest League (A-short)
Posted an 8-1 record with a 1.27 ERA for Vancouver, helping the Canadians to a second consecutive championship. The right-hander did not allow more than one earned run in all but one start. In his final 10 starts allowed just five runs recording a 0.86 ERA and was selected to the Northwest League post season All-Star squad.
CHRISTIAN LOPES (SS) - .278, 17 2B, 6 3B, 4 HR & 33 RBI, .801 OPS (Blu/Van)
6-0, 185, Age-19, Born-Huntington, CA Bats: Right
Bluefield – Appalachian League (Rookie Advanced)
The 7th round pick from the 2011 draft posted a .280 average with 25 extra base hits and a team leading 29 RBI for Bluefield. In his first professional season the Huntington Beach, California native recorded a .345 average in August earning a promotion to Vancouver for his final 10 games of the season.
ALBERTO TIRADO (RHP) – 3-2, 2.63 ERA, 48.0 IP, 32 H, 17 BB, 39 K (GCL/Blu)
6-0, 167, Age-17, Born-Nagua, Dominican Republic Throws: Right
Gulf Coast Blue Jays – Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Made 11 of his 14 starts for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays, posting the lowest ERA (2.68) among starters on the rookie league club. Held GCL hitters to a .217 average. In six of his starts the Nagua, Dominican Republic native did not allow a run.
ROLANDO SEGOVIA (SS) – .299, 12 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 18 SB, .813 OPS
5-11, 165, Age-17, Born-Barquisimeto, Venezuela Bats: Both
DSL Blue Jays – Dominican Summer League
Segovia, led all Dominican League hitters with his .813 OPS, doubles with 12 and stolen bases with 18, while finishing second in average at .299. The switch-hitter batted .345 vs. left-handed pitching
Other Webster winners on Toronto’s current Major League 40-man roster include ADAM LIND (3, Auburn - 2004, Dunedin - 2005, New Hampshire - 2006), BRETT CECIL (Auburn - 2007), MOISES SIERRA (Dunedin – 2009) and JP ARENCIBIA (Las Vegas – 2010).