The Houston Astros Player Development Department announced the 2011 Most Valuable Players for the team's eight minor league affiliates on Thursday. Among those honored was former Vol Matt Duffy who was tabbed the MVP of the Astros' Short-Season A-affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Duffy and the other seven MVPs will be recognized next Spring Training amongst their peers.
A third baseman, Duffy was named the Tri-City ValleyCats Team MVP after he hit .298 (70-for-235) with 20 doubles and 37 RBIs in 63 games. Duffy, a 20th-round selection in the June 2011 Draft, signed with Houston on June 10 and began his season by winning Tri-City's Offensive Player of the Month for July in his first full month in professional baseball. He went on to be named an NYPL All-Star and led his club in runs scored (36) and doubles (20), while finishing second in hits (70) and RBIs (37).