HOUSTON -- Astros right fielder Hunter Pence has been named the team's winner of the 2009 Heart and Hustle Award and was presented with a plaque last week by former Houston slugger Jimmy Wynn.

The Heart and Hustle Award is voted on by Major League alumni and presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.

Pence, in his third season with the Astros, made the National League All-Star team this season and is hitting .282 with 19 homers and 57 RBIs. His hustle on the bases and in the outfield has made him a favorite among Astros fans.

The 2009 Heart and Hustle Award will be presented at the Legends for Youth Dinner on Nov. 6 in New York. This year will mark the fifth time the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association has given the award. Each team selects a recipient before the overall winner is announced.

Craig Biggio of the Astros won the award in 2006 and '07, and Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore won it last season.