Rangers distribute annual Minor League awards

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced that infielder Rougned Odor has been named the 2013 winner of the Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year Award and Luke Jackson has been named the Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In addition, outfielder Jake Skole was named Defender of the Year and Alexander Claudio was named Reliever of the Year.

Odor split last season between Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach and Double A Frisco, hitting .305 with 85 runs scored, 41 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs, 78 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 130 games and 569 plate appearances.

Jackson, the 45th overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Calvary Christian (Fla.) High School, also split time between Myrtle Beach and Frisco. He made 23 starts and two relief appearances, going 11-4 with a 2.04 ERA. He had a 1.18 WHIP and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

Claudio, a left-hander, pitched in 45 games between Class A Hickory and Frisco, going 4-6 with a 1.83 ERA. He had a 0.86 WHIP and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

Skole, while playing for Myrtle Beach, was rated as the top defensive outfielder in the Carolina League. He had one error and 10 outfield assists in 111 games.

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