2018 Harmon Killebrew Award Winner - Tyler Wells (Ft. Myers Miracle)
Image courtesy of Linwood Ferguson (photo of Tyler Wells)Following the conclusion of the Twins minor league season, Twins Daily announced our choice for the 2018 Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year. Right-hander Tyler Wells split the season, making 16 starts for Ft. Myers and six games in Chattanooga. Combined, he went 10-6 with a 2.49 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He struck out 121 batters in 119 1/3 innings. It was a terrific season on the field for Wells.
Wells was terrific in the community throughout the season as well and earned the Miracle choice for the Harmon Killebrew Award. The Miracle do a lot throughout their season in the community, and Wells stayed busy with it throughout his time in southwest Florida.
Wells shared a list of some of the activities that he participated in. “During my time in Fort Myers, I participated in multiple camps, a special needs camp, a hospital visit to see kids with cancer, and helped promote and participated in a fundraiser with the VS. Cancer Foundation. I also participated in a kids camp up in Chattanooga.”
The VS. Cancer event and fundraiser was something that meant a lot personally to Wells.
Wells and some teammates raised money to fight cancer, and following a game at Hammond Stadium on a Friday night in late July, they got pied.
Wells made several trips to Ft. Myers area hospitals with teammates throughout the season, and even in the offseason when he was there for various camps.
Being community-minded is something that is very important to Tyler Wells, and having his name associated with an award named for the great Harmon Killebrew.
“It’s a huge honor for me, as it would be for anyone to associated with the Minnesota Twins legend. Baseball is only part of the job for us, and Harmon Killebrew was the best example you could have for being so much more than a baseball player. And I’m hoping, as I continue my career, that I can set an example like Killebrew did! ”
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 2018 Killebrew Award Recipients
Rochester Red Wings - Jake Reed
Chattanooga Lookouts - Chris Paul
Fort Myers Miracle - Tyler Wells
Cedar Rapids Kernels - David Banuelos
Congratulations to Tyler Wells on earning the 2018 Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service for the Fort Myers Miracle.
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