Rising star in the O's Minors

We're talking about a coach, not a player. But a coach that has had a major impact on some key O's minor league pitchers for two years now.

Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin was the winner of the 2009 Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award. It goes to the person who best exemplifies the qualities of the late O's coach and manager.

Griffin joined the O's organization for the 2008 season and was immediately matched with some of the club's top young arms at Bowie. The Baysox were third in the league with a team ERA of 3.54.

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