Twelfth Round pick from the 2009 draft, outfielder Kyle Jensen was named the Florida State Player of the Year.
The press release follows:
KYLE JENSEN NAMED
In 108 games with Jupiter before being called up to Double-A Jacksonville, Jensen batted .309 with 22 home runs, 66 RBIs and 53 runs scored. Despite not playing in the league since August 11th, Jensen still holds the league’s 3rd highest home run total, 7th highest batting average, and owns the FSL’s best slugging percentage.
This season, Jensen notched Jupiter’s first hit of the year with a single in the 2nd inning on Opening Day, and then followed with the team’s first home run in his next at-bat. It was the start to a season that saw him earn the league’s first Player of the Week award and the Marlins’ Minor League Player of the Month honor for April.
Despite the early promotion and a trip to the disabled list that cost him eight games in May, Jensen’s 22 home runs are the second-most by a Hammerhead player in one season, falling just one short of Chris Schwab’s mark in Jupiter’s inaugural season.
Jensen is the Hammerheads’ second Player of the Year winner, joining Logan Morrison who took the league’s top honor in 2008. In addition to the individual honor, Jensen was named to the FSL’s year-end All-Star Team, a distinction he also earned at mid-season.
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Congratulations to Kyle! Strangely the Marlins are developing young outfielders at a much better rate than they are pitchers, which was once their strong suit. While pitchers may be more valuable, it is good to see that something is going right in the minors.