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Cowan rewarded by Mariners after a strong 2017
09/29/2017 5:28 AM ET
Jordan Cowan is recognised for his brilliant 2017 alongside Seattle's other top Minor League players.
Jordan Cowan is recognised for his brilliant 2017 alongside Seattle's other top Minor League players. (Seattle Mariners/MLB)

With a knack for getting on base and making his impact count, Jordan Cowan has capped off a brilliant 2017 with the Edgar Martinez PTPA award for the Seattle Mariners Minor League system, just days after claiming the California League Championship with the Modesto Nuts.

The Mariner made 67 appearances for Adelaide over two seasons and in 127 games this season at the Nuts he had 133 hits and 53 walks. As one of the most consistent players he was rewarded with the Edgar Martinez Productive Team Plate Appearance award.

It rewards a player's ability to impact the game through hits, walks or sacrifice plays which can all score runs, or advance a runner, and Cowan was thrilled to be recognised.

"I mean it was an honour winning that award," he said.

"If it was taking a walk, moving a runner over, driving him in or trying to hit the ball hard somewhere it was always for the team to help us win."

"It definitely feels good but again I have to thank my teammates around me. They helped me and pushed me all year and they all had great years too."

With Modesto dominating all season, Cowan was surrounded by some quality talent down in California.

"Everyone got along and it has to be one of the most fun teams I've been a part of," Cowan said

"Then to top it off with a championship, couldn't ask for a better ending. There were for sure ups and downs, but we pushed each other every day and that's what helped us reach our goal."

Now that a massive year has come to an end, Cowan has the chance to enjoy a proper off-season for the first time in two years… and he's definitely keen for some free time.

"To be completely honest absolutely [looking forward to a rest]. And I know my family will love it too," he said.

"But I'm definitely going to miss you guys down under this year, you know that's been my second home the last two years and have made a lot of good friends there that I still stay in contact with.

"But it'll be nice to rest up and get ready for next season and really focus on trying to change my body, getting stronger and faster since that's been a little difficult to do the past few years!"

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.