2018 Rookie Level Hitter of the Year

We just keep rolling on here at ATVL.

The next offseason series we have is the hitter and pitcher of the year from each minor league level. It will be a total of 12 articles taking a look at the best Valley League alumni all the way from Rookie ball to the major leagues.

We’ll start at the bottom and work out way to the top, so our first installment is covering the Rookie levels, which includes players in the Appalachian, Pioneer, Gulf Coast, and Arizona Leagues.

First, the past winners (I started this series in 2014, but determined winners after the fact all the way to 2010):

2017- Robby Rinn (Aldie 2013)
2016- Bradley Jones (Charles Town 2015)
2015- Patrick Mazeika (Waynesboro 2013)
2014- Logan Moon (Winchester 2012)
2013- Tyler White (Harrisonburg 2010)
2012- Joel Capote (Luray 2010)
2011- Sean Buckley (Staunton 2009-10)
2010- Murray Watts (New Market 2008)

Nick Hutchins Idaho Falls 2018Our 2018 Rookie Level Hitter of the Year is Nick Hutchins (Front Royal 2015)! Nick, a 27th round draft pick in 2017 of the Kansas City Royals, played for Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League in 2018.

In 48 games and 178 at-bats, Nick slashed 292/377/517, with 35 runs, 40 RBIs, 19 doubles, 7 home runs, and a 20/40 BB/K ratio. Nick hit 190/250/238 in 63 regular season at-bats for the Cardinals in the summer of 2015.

Others to Consider:

  • Drew Avans (Strasburg 2015-16), combined for both the Arizona League and Ogden in the Pioneer League: 88 at-bats, 364/467/716, 29 runs, 30 RBIs, 1 double, 3 triples, 8 home runs, 18/14 BB/K ratio
  • Romy Gonzalez (Staunton 2016), Great Falls in the Pioneer League: 201 at-bats, 254/323/498, 40 runs, 33 RBIs, 15 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs, 18/65 BB/K ratio
  • Ray Hernandez (Purcellville 2016-17), in the Gulf Coast League: 283/357/486 in 138 at-bats, with 21 runs, 25 RBIs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, and a 15/30 BB/K ratio
  • Steven Kraft (Aldie 2015), Gulf Coast League: 109 at-bats, 321/405/477, 18 runs, 29 RBIs, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 13/11 BB/K, 3 stolen bases
  • Fabian Pena (Covington 2016), Arizona League: 97 at-bats, 309/376/588, 21 runs, 24 RBIs, 10 doubles,1 triple, 5 home runs, 11/20 BB/K
  • Nick Ward (Woodstock 2016), Arizona League: 154 at-bats, 273/400/429, 33 runs, 27 RBIs, 4 doubles, 7 triples, 2 home runs, 30/37 BB/K, 8 stolen bases
  • Kevin Woodall (New Market 2015), for Johnson City in the Appalachian League: 112 at-bats, 286/377/607, 23 runs, 25 RBIs, 9 doubles, 9 home runs, 15/31 BB/K

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