La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Dozier, Hendriks earn Twins' top minor league awards

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: October 13, 2011 - 1:53 PM

Infielder Brian Dozier and pitcher Liam Hendriks have been named the Twins minor league player and pitcher of the year.

Dozier, 24, began the season at Class A Fort Myers, where  he batted .322 in 49 games before being promoted to Class AA New Britain. In 127 games with the Rock Cats, Dozier batted .320 with 33 doubles, 15 triples, 9 home runs and 56 RBI. Dozier, a shortstop, currently is 7-for-19 through five games with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. Dozier was considered for a callup in August before the Twins decided on Trevor Plouffe.

Hendriks, a righthander, was 8-2, 2.70 in 16 games (15 starts) with New Britain before moving on to Class AAA Rochester, where he was 4-4,4.56 in nine starts. He was called up on Sept. 6 when the Twins ran low on starters and was 0-2, 6.17 in four starts.

Hendriks, 22, was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Australia.

Dozier and Hendriks will be honored on Jan. 26 at the Seventh Annual Diamond Awards, held at Target Field.

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