PHOENIX —The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named C Daulton Varsho (@DaultonVarsho25) and RHP Josh Green (@Joshtg22) the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.
Varsho, 23, hit .301 (119-for-396)/.378 OBP/.520 SLG with 25 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs, 58 RBI, 42 walks, 21 stolen bases and 85 runs scored in 108 games for the Double-A Southern League Champion Jackson Generals, ranking among SL leaders in runs (1st), slugging pct. (1st), OPS (1st, .898) average (3rd), on-base pct. (4th) home runs (T-5th), hits (T-6th), doubles (T-6th) and stolen bases (T-9th). He was named a SL mid- and post-season All-Star, a Baseball America Minor League All-Star and participated in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
A native of Chili, Wis., the left-handed hitting catcher was named Most Valuable Player of the SL Championship Series after hitting .300 (6-for-20) with 3 RBI and 4 runs scored in 5 games. He is the first catcher to win organizational Player-of-the-Year in club history. Varsho is rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the D-backs’ organization, and No. 87 overall, and No. 5 by MLB.com.
Green, 24, went 11-5 with a 2.71 ERA (38 ER in 126.1 IP), 1.20 WHIP, 101 strikeouts and 21 walks in 22 starts between Single-A Adv. Visalia and Jackson. He led all D-backs farmhands in total wins and ranked second in ERA behind only Levi Kelly/KC (2.15) [min. 100.0 IP]. He posted a 1.38 ERA (2 ER in 13.0 IP) in 2 Postseason starts with Jackson, including 7.0 shutout frames vs. Biloxi in Game 2 of the SL Championship Series. In 14 starts with the Rawhide, Green led the team in ERA (1.73; 15 ER in 78.0 IP), and was tied for the team lead in wins (9).
Green, who was named California League Pitcher-of-the-Week for the week of June 30, was selected by the D-backs in the 14th round of the 2018 First Year Player Draft. He is the ninth pitcher in the last 10 years to split time between 2 levels en route to an Organizational Pitcher-of-the-Year Award. He is rated by MLB.com as the No. 21 prospect in the D-backs’ organization and No. 19 by Baseball America.