Continuing to move up the chain, today we start on the full season minor leagues, beginning with A ball. The former Valley Leaguers considered for this award played in any of the following leagues: Midwest, South Atlantic, California, Carolina, or Florida State.
First, the previous three years:
2016- Joseph Bennie (Strasburg 2011)
2015- Ryan McBroom (Haymarket 2011-12)
2014- Rudy Flores (Haymarket 2010)
Eight players made the final list, but one stood out above all the rest: Michael Brosseau (Waynesboro 2015), playing for both Bowling Green of the Midwest League, and Charlotte, or the Florida State League!
Michael, covered in ATVL’s prospect series here, hit a combined 321/399/453 in 99 games and 371 at-bats, along with 63 runs, 42 RBIs, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, a 31/63 BB/K ratio, and 9 stolen bases. For all that, he is the full season A-ball hitter of the year for 2017!
Others under consideration:
- Anthony Dimino (Covington 2013), for St. Lucie in the FSL: 317/395/360 in 189 at-bats, with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 9 stolen bases, and a 22/28 BB/K ratio
- Patrick Mazeika (Waynesboro 2013), also for St. Lucie: 287/389/406 in 352 at-bats, with 21 doubles, 7 home runs, 50 RBIs, and a 48/53 BB/K ratio. Incidentally, not only did Anthony and Patrick play in the Valley League in the same season (2013) and on the same team in 2017, but the two of them are the only VBL alumni left in the New York Mets’ system, too.
- Matt Rose (Harrisonburg 2014), playing for Myrtle Beach and Winston-Salem of the Carolina League (Matt was traded in July from the Cubs to the White Sox): 242/300/479 in a total of 355 at-bats. He hit 28 doubles, 1 triple, 18 home runs, and had a 27/103 BB/K ratio.
- Nick Sinay (Front Royal 2014), playing for Lansing in the Midwest League. Nick had a fascinating slash line of 215/405/256 in 219 at-bats, with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, a 32/58 BB/K ratio, 23 stolen bases, and….. 38 hit-by-pitches. Thus his huge OBP.
- James Vasquez (Staunton 2013-14), for both Dayton of the Midwest League and Daytona of the Florida State League. He hit a combined 258/332/398 in 387 at-bats, with 24 doubles, 10 home runs, and a 41/58 BB/K ratio.
- Shane Billings (Harrisonburg 2015), for Peoria of the Midwest League and Palm Beach of the FSL: 293/326/357 in 392 at-bats, with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 17 stolen bases, and a 18/65 BB/K ratio. (Shane was the 2015 VBL MVP)
- Bradley Jones (Charles Town 2015), for Lansing of the Midwest League and Dunedin of the FSL (until his season was wrecked with an injured wrist): 282/348/472 in 248 at-bats, with 11 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, and a 25/77 BB/K rate. (It kills me that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette get so much publicity, while Bradley has been a solid performer too…) (Oh, and Bradley was the rookie level hitter of the year in 2016.)