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Triple A Best Hitter

LaHair sweeps to MiLB.com, fans' wins
Triple A Hitter Thumb Bryan LaHair led the hitter-friendly PCL in home runs (38), RBIs (109), slugging (.664) and OPS (1.070) en route to being named the league's MVP. Anthony Rizzo put up very similar numbers while hitting 26 homers with 101 RBIs in 36 fewer games. Nashville's Taylor Green hit .336/.413/.583 and set career marks in nearly every offensive category. In the IL, Russ Canzler was second in the league in OBP and fifth in RBIs while batting .314 (and earned Triple-A All-Star Game MVP honors), Mauro Gomez hit .304 with 24 homers and rising prospect Devin Mesoraco lead all league backstops with a .855 OPS.


Double A Best Hitter

Goldschmidt takes the prize; Wheeler rolls for fans
Double-A Hitter Thumb Altoona's Starling Marte paced the Eastern League in batting, hits and doubles while circuit MVP Travis d'Arnaud hit .311/.371/.542 and caught 98 games. Scott Van Slyke of Chattanooga led the Southern League in batting and doubles. Mobile's Paul Goldschmidt posted a remarkable .435 OBP, .626 SLG, 30 homers and 94 RBIs in just 103 Double-A games. In Texas, top preseason prospect Mike Trout lived up to the hype by finishing first in batting, on-base percentage and triples while scoring 82 runs in 91 games. Tulsa's Tim Wheeler tied for second in the Minor Leagues with 33 longballs.


Class A Advanced Best Hitter

Speedy Brown is level's best; Gac gets nod from fans
Class A Advanced Hitter Thumb Bradenton's Robbie Grossman led the Minor Leagues in walks and runs scored, becoming the first Minor Leaguer in seven years to break the century mark in both categories. FSL foe Darin Ruf of Clearwater hit .308 with 17 homers and ranked fourth in the league with 82 RBIs. It was a pitchers' year in the Carolina League this season, with Lynchburg shortstop Andrelton Simmons' .311 mark the only batting average to break .300. Winston-Salem slugger Ian Gac, the Carolina League MVP, clubbed 33 longballs, tying him for second in the Minors. In California, San Jose outfielder Gary Brown batted .336/.407/.519 and stole 53 bases while Stockton's Michael Choice cobbled together a 47-game on-base streak and led the league with 30 home runs.


Class A Best Hitter

Toolsy Profar gets nod; Detrich chosen by fans
Class A Hitter Thumb Christian Yelich of the Sally League champion Greensboro Grasshoppers was third on the circuit in hitting while slugging 15 homers and stealing 32 bases. Asheville's Corey Dickerson clubbed 32 longballs and outslugged everyone else in the league by 100 points (and matched a league record with 10 RBIs in a game), while Jurickson Profar of Hickory was among the leaders with 37 doubles and 86 runs scored. South Bend's Yazy Arbelo rocked the Midwest League for 31 homers and 95 RBIs. Derek Dietrich went deep 22 times -- third-most in the league -- while manning shortstop for Bowling Green and Lansing center fielder Jake Marisnick was second in the league with a .320 average and 37 steals. He was caught just eight times.


Short Season Best Hitter

Rosario dubbed top hitter; Lindsey is fans' winner
Short Season Hitter Thumb Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano battled all season for the Appy League home run crown, with Rosario edging his Elizabethton teammate, 21-20, and earning a share of the league MVP award. Staten Island's Mason Williams was second in the NYPL with a .349 average and tied for the league lead with 28 stolen bases while across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn, second baseman Daniel Muno won the batting title and OPB crown and finished third in slugging. Orem's Taylor Lindsey paced the Pioneer League in hits, doubles and runs scored (while winning the league's MVP award) and Joe Panik of Salem-Keizer topped the Northwest League in batting, hits, OPB and RBIs en route to winning its MVP.



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