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Padres Pitcher of the Year: Midwest League

Sweating just pondering the three choices has left my throat dry and my hands slippery on the keyboard. But a victor must eventually be chosen from the Padres' Midwest League affiliate and the finite details are needed before charting such waters.

Matt Varner placed second in the minors in the Rolaids Relief Award race and led the Midwest League, closing out 34 games successfully. It marked the second year in a row that a Wizards closer has claimed the title of best closer in the league. The rule for any pitcher is simple. Throw first pitch strikes and get the leadoff man out. Varner accomplished both feats with ease. In the 5...

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