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One of the best breakout stories of the season, Carlson moved from the outside of MLB.com's Top 100 prospects to No. 25 overall. An .882 OPS and 21 home runs at Double-A Springfield helped him earn a late-season promotion to Triple-A Memphis -- where he was even better -- but not before suiting up for the All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland.
Since the Minors' modern era began in 1963, only one qualified batter has hit .400 for a full-season affiliate. France nearly became the second, but a scorching stretch in August earned him a callup for the rest of the year -- while his Minor League average froze at .399. It fell below .350 just three days all year.
A 39th-round pick in 2015, Walsh took the power he found for 29 dingers in 2018 and cranked it up another notch. Only two Minor Leaguers hit more homers and nobody had a higher OPS. And he did it all while putting an emphasis on being a two-way player, pitching to a 3.50 ERA over 18 innings between the Majors and Minors.
The Mariners named Kelenic their Minor League Hitter of the Year after he climbed three levels and finished his first full season out of high school in Double-A. The 20-year-old proved a versatile threat with a 20-20 campaign and held his own in the Texas League, batting .253/.315/.542 in 21 games for Arkansas to end the year.
Lux's path to the Dodgers' postseason roster got a hot start in Double-A Tulsa, but his production rose to new heights after reaching Triple-A at the end of June. He hit safely in his first 16 contests, blasted six homers in five games at one point and didn't let his average dip below .400 until Aug. 28, five days before getting the call to the bigs.
The 2017 17th-round pick used the motivation from a 2018 demotion to earn a spot in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game and then a promotion to the Florida State League. His 35 homers across both assignments coincided with an improved flyball rate, and his teams sure saw the benefit as Martin's 129 RBIs were 22 more than the next highest total in the Minors.
Robert demolished two levels and arrived at Triple-A about a month before his 21st birthday. Not much changed in Charlotte, where he hit 16 homers in 47 games and became the only Minor Leaguer in 2019 to leave the yard 30 times and steal 30 bags. His 314 total bases led the Minors as well.
Nobody contributed to the Pacific Coast League's long ball surge total as much as Cron. The 26-year-old needed only 84 games to claim the Joe Bauman Award as the Minors' home run king, and his .777 slugging percentage led all of Triple-A. He was more than just a slugger, too, with career highs in on-base percentage and walks.
An April trade that dealt Freitas from the Mariners to the Brewers worked out just fine for the 30-year-old, who was named a Triple-A All-Star for the first time in his career. He was also the first catcher to claim the Pacific Coast League batting title since 1962, and his OPS ranked third among all qualified Triple-A batters.
Rojas kept climbing in 2019. In 44 games at Double-A Corpus Christi, he matched his homer total from 2018 and improved his OPS by over 200 points. The breakout pushed him to Triple-A Round Rock and, at the Trade Deadline, to a new organization. The D-backs acquired the 25-year-old in a haul for Zack Greinke, and he reached the bigs after hitting .514 in his first eight games with Reno.