Blue Jays honor year's top coaches, players

Blue Jays honor year's top coaches, players

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays presented some of their coaches and players with year-end awards prior to Friday's contest against the Yankees.

Triple-A hitting coach Chad Mottola, who joined the Blue Jays staff for September, was the recipient of the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development. Mottola has been the Triple-A hitting coach for the last three seasons and has worked closely with a number of players who are currently on the Blue Jays roster, including Anthony Gose and Moises Sierra. Toronto's Triple-A affiliate was in Las Vegas for the past four seasons but will be based in Buffalo, N.Y., starting next season.

Blake Crosby won the Al Lamacchia Award, which is give to the scout who exemplifies strong work ethic and perseverance. Crosby joined the Blue Jays' scouting department in 2010 and has drafted and signed a collection of players, including Aaron Sanchez, Toronto's No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com.

Jim Skaalen, who joined the Blue Jays in 2011, was named Pro Scout of the Year, while Class A Advanced Dunedin closer Daniel Barnes was named the winner of the club's Community Service Award. The club said Barnes participated in almost all community events and represented the organization with class and professionalism. He set a Dunedin Blue Jays record and led the Floirda State League with 34 saves.

The club also honored 2012 first-round Draft pick D.J. Davis, who was selected with the 17th overall pick.