AAA Tacoma Alex Liddi (3B) Blake Beavan (RHP)
AA Jackson Vinnie Catricala (3B) Andrew Carraway (RHP)
A High Desert Danny Carroll (OF) Chris Sorce (RHP)
A Clinton Stefen Romero (INF/OF) Taijuan Walker (RHP)
Short-A Everett Jabari Blash (OF) Jose Campos (RHP)
Rookie Pulaski Jamal Austin (OF) Angel Raga (RHP)
Rookie AZL Mariners Phillips Castillo (OF) Yunior DeJesus (RHP)
Dominican DSL Mariners Janelfry Zorrilla (OF) Domingo Brazoban (RHP)
Venezuelan VSL Mariners Felipe Burin (3B) Isliexel Gonzalez (RHP)
Mariners annouce 2011 Ellis Awards
OF Daniel Carroll, RHP Willy Kesler and the High Desert all honored.
Outfielder Daniel Carroll and right-handed pitcher Willy Kesler were honored as the individual award co-winners of the 2011 John Ellis Award and the High Desert Mavericks, the Mariners single-A affiliate in the California League, were honored for having the top overall team commitment.
"The Mariners organization is committed to giving back to the community and prides itself on involvement by players and staff at all levels," Zduriencik said. "We try to emphasize the value of being good citizens and role models. In addition, our affiliates understand the importance of reaching out to their communities, which is one of the reasons we enjoy our relationships with each club. We actively encourage all of our players to participate in these efforts."
The Mavericks, honored for their overall team commitment, were active throughout the Adelanto, CA, area in several community endeavors. The Mavericks, who are dedicated to supporting the community that supports them, compiled over 415 community service hours and surpassed their 2010 total. The team and staff participated in numerous community events including youth baseball camps, speaking appearances and autograph sessions. Prior to Sunday home games in April, May and June the Mavericks held little league clinics for 150-200 kids ages 6-15 and Wednesday's were designated as "Meet the Mavericks Day". Mavericks players, coaches and front office personal also traveled to local elementary schools to deliver their "Four Bases" presentation, stressing the importance education and positive thinking.
Teammates Daniel Carroll, 22, and Willy Kesler, 24, were each honored for their individual efforts, after accumulating more than 20 hours in the Adelanto community. Kesler led the team with 24 hours of community service participating in coaching clinics, school assemblies and autograph sessions. He also volunteered as a coach in a softball game that pitted sixth grade students vs. their teachers. Carroll also made a positive influence in the community at multiple appearances including participating in the Mavericks Kids Club and also speaking to many high school baseball teams on that attended High Desert games.
The Mariners instituted the Ellis Award in 1998 to recognize community involvement by players in their minor league system. The Mariners minor leaguers were very active in the community in 2011, bringing the total hours contributed by the Mariners minor leaguers to over 11,500 hours in the last 14 years.