The Tigers announced this morning that outfielder Avisail Garcia and relief pitcher Bruce Rondon have been named the organization's player and pitcher of the year for 2012.
Both names are doubtlessly familiar to you. Garcia has already been promoted to Detroit and has quickly become a fan favorite. (Not just for looking like Miguel Cabrera's "little" brother.) Rondon wowed everyone with pitches touching 102 in the Futures Game during the All-Star Break and has been talked up as the team's future closer.
So long as neither gets traded -- and let's face it, with this organization that is far from given -- both players could be key contributors in the future.
Garcia and Rondon both began their seasons in High-A Lakeland before receiving promotions to Double-A Erie. Rondon eventually ended up in Triple-A.
Garcia finished his 2012 minor-league stint with a .299 average, .333 on-base percentage and .455 slugging average across 513 plate appearances. He had 14 home runs and stole 23 bases.
Garcia is batting .313 / .389 / .313 after 18 major league plate appearances.
Rondon, who did not receive a promotion to Detroit nor was he listed on an Arizona Fall League roster, finished his minor league year with a 1.53 ERA compiled across 52 appearances. He had a 1.094 WHIP, 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings and 4.4 walks per nine innings. He saved 29 games.