2019 Full Season A Hitter of the Year

Today we will turn our attention to the best hitters in full season A leagues, which constitutes the Midwest, South Atlantic, California, Carolina, and Florida State Leagues.

First, the history:

2018- Irving Lopez (Staunton 2016)
2017- Michael Brosseau (Waynesboro 2015)
2016- Joseph Bennie (Strasburg 2011)
2015- Ryan McBroom (Haymarket 2011-12)
2014- Rudy Flores (Haymarket 2010)
2013- Mac Williamson (Harrisonburg 2011)
2012- Jonathan Griffin (Luray 2010)
2011- Tyler Bortnick (Front Royal 2006)
2010- Tyler Bortnick (Front Royal 2006)

Brosseau and McBroom made their major league debuts in 2019; Williamson has played in the majors, too.

The 2019 winner is Brendan Donovan, who played in Peoria of the Midwest League. A New Market Rebel back in 2016, Donovan hit .266/.377/.405 in 402 at-bats, with 70 runs scored, 26 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 53 RBIs, and a 63/91 BB/K ratio.

Others to Consider

  • JC Escarra (Staunton 2014), for Frederick in the Carolina League: .235/.368/.395 in 442 at-bats, with 16 doubles, 13 home runs, and a 52/76 BB/K ratio.
  • Michael Gigliotti (Covington 2015), for Lexington in the South Atlantic League, and Wilmington in the Carolina League: In 323 at-bats, he hit .276/.361/.362, with 21 doubles, two triples, and 35 stolen bases.
  • Ryan Gridley (Waynesboro 2015), for Stockton in the California League and Beloit in the Midwest League: .268/.330/.383 in 426 at-bats, with 29 doubles, six home runs, and 10 stolen bases.
  • Zach Jarrett (Woodstock 2014), for Frederick in the Carolina League: .286/.344/.425 in 353 at-bats, with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, 39 RBIs.
  • Jake Brodt (Aldie 2015), for Lansing in the Midwest League: .238/.330/.407 in 349 at-bats, with 14 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, and 12 stolen bases.
  • Jacob Rhinesmith (New Market 2017), for Hagerstown in the South Atlantic League: .264/.351/.405 in 489 at-bats, with 33 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 60 walks, and 19 stolen bases.

One comment

  1. Great info., as usual, John. These stats show, again, how very difficult it is to climb the baseball competition ladder. It’s daunting to realize the space between these really good guys we’ve watched play in the VBL and the likes of Bellinger, Trout, Yelich, Arenado, and Rendon. (Plus – that there is no off season – or even off week – for ATVL.)

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