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Jose Osuna, Eduardo Vera and Hunter Owen Take Home Weekly Awards


The Pittsburgh Pirates had a strong week in the minors, as highlighted in our top performers article this morning. Minor League Baseball handed out their weekly awards and three Pirates are among the players honored.

Jose Osuna is the International League Player of the Week. He had a total of 11 hits, including three homers and he drove in nine runs. Osuna had a 1.370 OPS, which was actually well behind teammate Eric Wood, who homered in each of the last three games, though he only had 16 plate appearances during the week.

Eduardo Vera won the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. He left little doubt on Sunday that this award was his, leading Altoona to the playoffs with 7.2 shutout innings on two hits and a career high nine strikeouts. Earlier in the week, he allowed one run over seven innings, with two hits and seven strikeouts.

Hunter Owen won the Florida State League Player of the Week. He goes into action tonight with a streak of home runs in four straight games. He also had six more hits besides the homers last week, scored seven runs and drove in seven runs.

You can read more on each player in the link above.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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