Left-handed reliever Tommy Hottovoy was named the recipient of the first ever Lou Gorman Award on Saturday, an award given to a Red Sox player who demostrates dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles on the way to the major leagues.
The award is named after the late Lou Gorman, who passed away in April. Gorman was the vice president and general manager of the Sox from 1984 to 1993 and later served as vice president of baseball operations and executive consultant.
"Lou Gorman was a force within baseball and impacted the game in so many ways," said Larry Lucchino, Boston's president and CEO. "His dedication to player development had a significant and lasting effect on both the Red Sox and Major League Baseball. This award will give us an opportunity to annually honor Lou's legacy and to recognize a minor league player who embodies the characteristics that he so admired."
After nearly eight full seasons in the minors, Hottovy made his MLB debut with the Red Sox on June 3 and made eight appearances out of the bullpen during his tour in Boston. The 30-year-old pitched four innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks and also recorded two strikeouts. He was designated for assignment on July 16 and returned to the minor leagues.
In 32 relief apperances at Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, the former fourth round pick posted a 2.47 ERA with two saves, 47 strikeouts and 13 walks.