9/8/2013 2:09 P.M. ET
Orioles present 2013 Minor League, development awards
By Jeff Seidel / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced their 2013 awards for player development and scouting, with new Oriole Henry Urrutia among the winners.
Urrutia, who got the single that started the winning rally in the 10th inning of Saturday's 4-3 win over the White Sox, won the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year honor. He hit .347 with 50 RBIs in 81 games with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk.
He's on his second stint with the Orioles this year and has a .283 average so far. He made his Major League debut on July 20 at Texas and got a single in the third inning.
The Orioles signed Urrutia as a non-drafted free agent on July 11, 2012, and he is the 12th Cuban-born player in franchise history.
"To me, it was a big surprise because I played with a lot of good players, and I didn't think I was going to get it," said Urrutia through interpreter Rudy Arias, a bullpen catcher. "But it was a big surprise for me. I worked as hard as I could to get to the big leagues, and the results were that, being Minor League Player [of the Year]."
Pitcher Mike Wright won the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award. He went 11-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 143 2/3 innings at Double-A Bowie. He also made one start with Triple-A Norfolk and turned in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Orioles picked him in the third round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Infielder Anthony Caronia (Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award), Bowie manager Gary Kendall (Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award), and Area Scout Dave Jennings (Jim Russo Scout of the Year) also won honors. Pat Wesley, trainer for the Class A Frederick Keys was named the Carolina League Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Urrutia unable to join Orioles on trip to Toronto
BALTIMORE -- Henry Urrutia isn't going to be joining the Orioles when they go to Toronto because of a situation with his work visa.
Manager Buck Showalter made that announcement before Sunday's series finale with the White Sox.
"When we go to Toronto, you'll probably notice that Henry won't be on the trip," Showalter said. "Henry, because of his situation, he can't go out of the country, probably send him to Sarasota, [Fla.,] and meet us back in Boston."
The Cuban-born Urrutia has a .283 average in 22 games in his rookie season. He got a single in the 10th inning Saturday that started the game-winning rally in a 4-3 victory.
Baltimore will be playing in Toronto from Sept. 13-15. After that, he can join the team for a three-game series in Boston on Sept. 17-19.
Gausman likely to stay in bullpen down the stretch
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Kevin Gausman probably won't get the call to join the starting rotation during the September pennant race.
Gausman's pitched effectively in relief since rejoining the team, and Showalter said the team is trying to be careful with him.
"He was pretty sore; I don't want to say sore, but stiff after his last outing," Showalter said. "He was a two- or three-day off for me. He was unavailable the last couple of days. I'm careful about yo-yoing young players that haven't done it. I don't think it's good business."
Gausman threw three times in relief over five days earlier this month, giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
But he blew away some hitters, finishing with eight strikeouts and three walks. Still, last year's first-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft is adjusting to life in the bullpen now.
Gausman had a 2-4 record with a 5.77 ERA heading into Sunday's game against the White Sox. He's got 34 strikeouts and 12 walks in 39 innings this season.
• Danny Valencia keeps on rolling. He had three hits on Saturday and has gotten at least two hits in eight of his last nine starts -- including six consecutive ones from Aug. 4-Sept. 1. Valencia, who did not start Sunday, is hitting .563 in his last nine games (18-for-32). According to STATS, Inc., that's the second-best average over a nine-game period this year behind only Robinson Cano's .571 (Aug. 12-20).
• J.J. Hardy did something unusual for the Orioles on Saturday: He made an error. That's only the 41st error the team's made this season, by far the fewest in the Major Leagues. STATS, Inc. said the Orioles were the first team ever to reach 100 error-free games by the end of August.
• Jim Johnson's 42 saves lead the American League. He's the first Orioles pitcher to reach 40 saves in a season twice.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.