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09/08/2005 5:06 PM ET
Diamond and Metcalf named Rangers Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year
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ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers announced today that right-handed pitcher Thomas Diamond was named the organization's 2005 Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, third baseman Travis Metcalf was named the 2005 Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year.

Diamond, the Rangers' first selection (10th overall) in last year's June draft, combined to go 13-4 with a 3.53 ERA (59 ER/150.1 IP) and 169 strikeouts in 28 games/starts for Bakersfield (A) and Frisco (AA). The 22-year-old right-hander ranked first among Texas full-season minor leaguers in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Diamond earned Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors in May and June, going 5-0, 1.66 (11 ER/59.2 IP) with 78 strikeouts in 10 games/starts for Bakersfield and Frisco during that two-month stretch. Diamond earned California League Postseason All-Star honors after going 8-0, 1.99 (18 ER/81.1 IP) with 101 strikeouts in 14 games/starts with Bakersfield in 2005.

Metcalf, the Rangers' 11th round selection in last year's June draft, batted .291 (147-505) with 32 doubles, 22 home runs and 94 RBI in 132 games for Bakersfield this season. The former University of Kansas standout led the Blaze in games played, home runs and RBI. Metcalf tied for 2nd-most among Texas farmhands in RBI and ranked 3rd in home runs.

TOM GRIEVE MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1984 Tommy Dunbar (OF)
1985 Steve Buechele (3B)
1986 Bob Brower (OF)
1987 Wayne Rosenthal (RHP)
1988 Kevin Reimer (OF)
1989 Jim Hvizda (RHP)
1990 Juan Gonzalez (OF)
1991 Rob Maurer (1B)
1992 Dan Smith (LHP)
1993 Rick Helling (RHP)
1994 Julio Santana (RHP)
1995 Fernando Tatis (3B)
1996 Lee Stevens (DH)
1997 Fernando Tatis (3B)
1998 Shawn Gallagher (1B)
1999 Mike Lamb (3B)
2000 Kevin Mench (OF)
2001 Hank Blalock (3B)
2002 Laynce Nix (OF)
2003 Ramon Nivar (OF)
2004 Ian Kinsler (SS)
2005 Travis Metcalf (3B)

NOLAN RYAN MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE YEAR

1995 Jeff Davis (RHP)
1996 Ted Silva (RHP)
1997 Corey Lee (LHP)
1998 Jeff Zimmerman (RHP)
1999 Doug Davis (LHP)
2000 Jovanny Cedeno (RHP)
2001 Ryan Dittfurth (RHP)
2002 Ben Kozlowski (LHP)
2003 Juan Dominguez (RHP)
2004 Kameron Loe (RHP)
2005 Thomas Diamond (RHP)

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