Minicozzi's spirit might be unparalleled. He underwent three significant surgeries, nearly quit as an active player due to health reasons, spent three years with independent-league teams after sitting out a season to heal himself, went to Nicaragua to remain active as a ballplayer and rejoined the Giants organization in 2012, mostly due to a well-timed phone call, after a four-year absence.
That's a highly abridged version of his saga.
"There's nothing better than to get an award from your peers and coaches," said Minicozzi, a non-roster invitee to big league camp who edged right-hander Derek Law in the voting. "... Like I said before, two years ago at this time I was sitting on the couch, hoping to have a uniform."
Said manager Bruce Bochy, "[With] his attitude and enthusiasm, [the award] was well-earned."
Minicozzi, who was sent to Minor League camp last Friday, expressed excitement over his assignment to Triple-A Fresno. The 31-year-old never has played above Double-A, where he was an All-Star last year with the Giants' Richmond affiliate.
Minicozzi owns a .238 (10-for-42) batting average with two home runs and three RBIs in 19 games for the Giants this spring.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.