Gonzalez, Peavy rake in hardware
Friars' MVP, top pitcher among awards handed out
SAN DIEGO -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was named the Padres' Most Valuable Player and Jake Peavy won the Clyde McCullough Award as the team's top pitcher on Thursday at the Padres-UCP of San Diego County Awards Dinner.Gonzalez, Peavy, as well as other players, coaches and scouts were honored during the annual event, which was held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Former Padres pitcher Dave Dravecky, who appeared in 199 games with the team over six seasons (1982-87), provided the keynote address. San Diego broadcaster Ted Leitner served as master of ceremonies at the dinner. Other award winners included pitcher Chris Young, who received the Chairman's Award for contributions to the community, outfielder Jody Gerut (Madres Favorite New Padre) and pitcher Trevor Hoffman (Fireman's Award). Gonzalez, 26, was named a National League All-Star last season and won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award -- the first by a Padres first baseman. His 119 RBIs ranked third in the National League, and he finished with a .279 average and 36 homers in 162 games. Peavy, 27, won the Clyde McCullough Award for the second straight season and fourth time overall (2004-05, 2007-08). He led the Major Leagues with a home ERA of 1.74 and led San Diego's staff in wins (10), strikeouts (166) and quality starts (19). Gonzalez and Peavy were selected by the local Baseball Writers' Association of America chapter. The Padres also honored their 2008 Minor League award winners. First baseman Kyle Blanks won Minor League Player of the Year, while right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner won Pitcher of the Year honors. San Diego vice president of scouting and player development Grady Fuson Blanks with his award. Blanks, 22, dominated the Texas League, ranking among the top five in batting average (.325), RBIs (107), hits (160), slugging percentage (.514) and on-base percentage (.404). Heffner, 22, spent most of last season with Class A Fort Wayne. The 22-year-old collected 144 strikeouts for the Wizards to rank third in the Midwest League. He finished with a 10-5 record and a 3.34 ERA in 30 games between Fort Wayne and Class A Lake Elsinore. The Padres' first Cy Young Award Winner, Randy Jones, presented the award to Heffner. Also, Steve Webber received the Jack Krol Award for contributions in player development, while Dave Lottsfeldt is the Denny Galehouse were the Scout of the Year award recipients. Other featured speakers on Thursday included Padres CEO Sandy Alderson, executive vice president/general manager Kevin Towers and manager Bud Black. UCP's immediate past president Jim Matthews provided an update on his organization's work in San Diego. Additionally, recently hired Channel 4 San Diego broadcaster Mark Neely was introduced.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.