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Pitcher of the Year: AZL Padres

Pitcher of the Year: AZL Padres

In late May and early June, Geoff Vandel blew his way through the Georgia state high school playoffs, striking out 59 batters in four games to get his team to the state championships just before his 18th birthday.

By September, he was blowing his way through the Northwest League, tallying 11 strikeouts and only one run allowed in two starts for the Eugene Emeralds. In between, the lefty chewed up everything put in front of him to earn my nod as the Peoria Padres' pitcher of the year. Although he started in Eugene, Geoff Vandel was used in relief during his stint in the Arizona Summer League. A 34th-round...

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