2019 Killebrew Award Winner - Calvin Faucher (Ft. Myers Miracle)
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins DailyCalvin Faucher was the Twins 10th-round draft pick in 2010 out of UC-Irvine. He signed quickly and spent that summer in Elizabethton. He pitched mostly in Cedar Rapids in 2018. In 2019, Faucher moved up to Ft. Myers and went 3-2 with two saves and a 4.42 ERA. In 55 innings, he struck out 61 batters.
Off the field, Faucher made an impression by being active in the Ft. Myers community. He kept himself busy throughout the season with a variety of activities.
The Miracle have always hosted several camps for kids and Faucher was happy to volunteer. Recently he told Twins Daily, “Yeah, we hosted a few kids camps at Hammond Stadium that were always fun. Local kids coming out and enjoying a day of baseball. We also held a disability dream and do camp at the stadium as a team, which is always great, not only for the participants but also for the players. Being able to help kids that aren’t able to get out and play sports as often, to get them out and enjoying sports and letting loose and being active with a smile on their faces.”
The miracle also are frequently seen at Ft. Myers area hospitals visiting sick children.
“We also went to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers. Being able to do this was very special to me. My fellow teammates Joe Record, Bailey Ober, and I had the pleasure of being able to visit kids at the hospital. Being able to talk to the kids and hold conversations and just get their minds off of the illnesses that they have been battling, and putting smiles on their faces was awesome. Seeing how strong and positive these kids are while going through these battles really puts things into perspective of how there are bigger things than a game of baseball.”
Faucher will soon turn 24 years old, and clearly he shows an advanced makeup and understanding of his role and responsibilities and the impact that he, as a professional athlete, can have on the youth.
It’s also not lost on him the impact that Harmon Killebrew had on the communities he lived in and the impact he made.
“I mean we all know Harmon Killebrew is a legend not only in the Minnesota Twins organization, but in baseball history as well. So, being associated with him and an award named after him, it’s an honor to be able to receive this award.”
Previous Ft. Myers Miracle Killebrew Award winners:
2011 - Reggie Williams
2012 - Andy Leer
2013 - Stephen Wickens
2014 - Tim Shibuya
2015 - Tanner Vavra
2016 - Trey Vavra
2017 - Kevin Garcia
2018 - Tyler Wells
Other 2019 Killebrew Award Recipients
Rochester Red Wings - Jake Reed
Pensacola Blue Wahoos - Hector Lujan
Fort Myers Miracle - Calvin Faucher
Cedar Rapids Kernels - Brian Rapp
Congratulations to Calvin Faucher on earning the 2019 Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service for the Ft. Myers Miracle.
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