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Listi, Parkinson win Paul Owens Awards

David Parkinson
David Parkinson, 22, went 11-1 with a 1.45 ERA between Lakewood and Clearwater in 2018. The Phillies recognized him as the best pitcher in the minor league organization by awarding him the Paul Owens Award. (Photo courtesy Lakewood BlueClaws)

First baseman/outfielder Austin Listi and pitcher David Parkinson were named the 2018 Paul Owens Award winners as the top position player and pitcher in the Phillies minor league organization.

Listi played 58 games with Clearwater and another 65 with Reading this past season and hit a combined 18-84-.312/.400/.502 in his 123 games in the minors this season. The Phillies selected Listi with their 17th round pick in the 2017 Draft out of Dallas Baptist University. Last season, Listi played for both Williamsport and Lakewood and hit .262 with seven home runs and 28 RBI between the two stops.

The 24-year old hit an impressive .418 with runners in scoring position and .314 with runners in scoring position and two outs. He also hit better with runners on (.408) than he did with the bases empty (.288) this season with Clearwater. His situational numbers weren’t quite as strong at Reading – . 296 with runners in scoring position, .259 with runners in scoring position and two outs – but were still impressive. He also hit higher with runners on base than with the bases empty at Reading (.308 to .255).

Between the two levels, Listi played at first, third, left and right.

Parkinson, 22, split his time between Lakewood and Clearwater. He made 17 starts with the BlueClaws and four starts and one relief appearance with Clearwater. Combined, he was 11-1 with a 1.45 ERA and struck out 141 batters in 124 innings pitched with the two teams.

The Phillies drafted Parkinson out of the University of Mississippi in the 12th round of the 2017 Draft.

The lefty spent all of the 2017 season with Williamsport and went 1-3 with a 2.48 ERA in three starts and eight relief appearances with the Crosscutters. In 32 2/3 innings he struck out 42 batters in the 2017 season.

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