We’re ready to start another of our offseason “series”- the hitter and pitcher of the year from each level of professional baseball. This is the 3rd year of this series already. My, how time flies.
The minor leagues are broken down into five different levels:
Rookie- Arizona, Gulf Coast, Appalachian, and Pioneer Leagues
Short-Season A- Northwest and New York-Penn Leagues
Full Season A- Carolina, California, South Atlantic, Florida State, and Midwest Leagues
Double A- Texas, Eastern, and Southern Leagues
Triple A- Pacific Coast and International Leagues
Then, of course, we look at the major leagues, too. So let’s start with the lowest level, and work our way to the top.
Rookie Leagues Hitter of the Year: Bradley Jones, Bluefield
Bradley Jones (Charles Town 2015) was picked in the 18th round of the 2016 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, was assigned to Bluefield of the Appy League, and proceeded to crush the league with his power.
Overall, Bradley hit 291/336/578 in 61 games and 237 at-bats. He scored 41 runs, drove in 55, hit 18 doubles, 1 triple, and 16 home runs, and even stole 16 bases. His final BB/K was 17/71. ATVL is excited to see what he might do in full-season ball in 2017!
2015- Patrick Mazeika (Waynesboro 2013)
2014- Logan Moon (Winchester 2012)
Others for Consideration:
- Anthony Dimino, Kingsport (Covington 2013)- 325/437/410 in 117 AB, 22/20 BB/K
- Hunter Newman, Cardinals (Front Royal 2014)- 297/391/459 in 74 AB
- Nicholas Sinay, Bluefield (Front Royal 2014)- 246/435/304 in 191 AB, 34 SB
- Robert Bennie, Athletics (Waynesboro 2014)- 336/388/500 in 110 AB, 5 3B
- Michael Brosseau, Rays (Waynesboro 2015)- 319/424/442 in 113 AB, 15/19 BB/K, 12 2B, 7 SB
- Gabriel Garcia, Brewers (Winchester 2016)- 300/393/500 in 130 AB, 12 2B