For the uninitiated, that stands for: Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year. And of course, I’m talking about in the Minor Leagues.
We’re well into the second half of the season — there’s about six weeks of the Minor League season remaining — so I thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of the potential candidates for top oveall MiLB player and pitcher. I’m going to start with 5 position player canididates, with more to come in the coming days.
Please let me know who you’re choice would be. If you have other candidates, let me know about them as well.
Player of the Year Candidates
J.P. Arencibia, C, Blue Jays: It’s been quite a bounce-back season for the 2007 first-rounder. Sure, he’s playing in Las Vegas, but it’s not nothing that he tops the Minors with 28 homers and .669 SLG. His 1.036 OPS is fifth overall, he’s hitting .316 and his 69 RBIs are good for third in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants: If you’re not familiar with him, you
should become acquainted. A fifth-rounder taken in last year’s draft out
of the University of Texas, Belt has hit better as a pro than he did
with the Longhorns. He began his first season in the California League,
but got promoted to Double-A 14 games ago. He’s raked throughout and his
.383 average and 1.129 OPS lead the Minors. He’s first with a .483 OBP
and third with his .645 SLG.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks: Yes, he’s 22 and he’s been playing in the hitter-friendly California League. But he’s tied for the Minor-League lead with 56 extra-base hits, tied for second with 26 homers, fifth with 73 RBIs while hitting .312 and slugging .605
Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds: Talk about a breakout. The 2007 first-rounder has split the year between the Class A advanced Carolina League and Double-A Southern League, not exactly known as hitting-friendly circuits. Neverthleless, the 22-year-old Mesoraco has hit a combined .319/.389/.631 in 80 games. His 1.021 OPS is good for eighth overall. He’s got 20 homers and 53 RBIs. And he’s thrown out 42 percent of would-be base stealers. Not a bad combination of skills.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals: The Futures Gamer and 2007 first-rounder just got bumped up to Triple-A and for good reason. He’s hitting .333 and his 1.050 OPS is third best in the Minors. He’s second in SLG (.652), fourth in RBIs (76) and has 21 homers.
More to come…