Blue Jays: Bisons hand out awards to top players

CLEVELAND, OHIO - APRIL 05: Right fielder Socrates Brito #38 of the Toronto Blue Jays catches a fly ball hit by Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 05, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - APRIL 05: Right fielder Socrates Brito #38 of the Toronto Blue Jays catches a fly ball hit by Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 05, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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The Buffalo Bisons handed out their awards hardware for their top players ahead of their season coming to a close Friday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate fell just short of a postseason berth following a successful 2019 campaign. The team acknowledged their top players for the season in a number of categories statistical categories.

Stan Barron Most Valuable Player

Although he struggled at the major league level this season, Socrates Brito dominated Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .279./.325/.500 line with 16 homers, 63 runs batted in and 11 steals in 94 games with the herd.

Warren Spahn Most Valuable Pitcher

The honour went to reliever Zach Jackson who made 45 appearances out of the bullpen for the Bisons. Jackson was 9-0 with a 4.09 earned run average while fanning 66 batters in 66 innings of work.

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Judge Michael Dillon Comeback Player of the Year

The Comeback Player of the Year recipient was Bo Bichette who missed part of the season with a broken hand after being struck with a pitch. Bichette hit .284 with seven homers and 12 stolen bases after being activated from the injured list on June 13th.

Joe Desa Most Inspirational Player

This award was voted on by the Bisons players who named Michael De La Cruz as their most inspirational player. In 50 games, De La Cruz hit .286 with 44 hits including five home runs for the herd. A nice honour seeing it came from his teammates.

Jimmy Griffin Hometown Hero

Andy Burns took the Hometown Hero honours returning to the Bisons after playing in 2015 and 2016 with the club. Burns had a nice season hitting .277 with 16 round-trippers in 114 games for Buffalo.

Fremo Vallone Community Service Award

The humanitarian award was shared between both Jordan Patterson and Patrick Cantwell for their countless volunteer hours with the Miracle League and in the Buffalo community in 2019.

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Congratulations to all the Bisons awards winners.

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