Thomas, Franco headline MWL All-Stars
There was plenty of young prospect firepower in the Midwest League this summer, and the Class A circuit's final list of award winners clearly reflects that.D-backs top prospectAlek Thomas was named Most Valuable Player and Rays top prospect Wander Franco took home Prospect of the Year honors as the Midwest
There was plenty of young prospect firepower in the Midwest League this summer, and the Class A circuit's final list of award winners clearly reflects that.
D-backs top prospect
Despite being promoted to Class A Advanced Visalia on Aug. 3, Thomas still leads the Midwest League with a .479 slugging percentage and .872 OPS during his 91 games with Kane County. Additionally, his 152 wRC+ leads the circuit while no qualifier has put up a number higher than 134 in that category. The 19-year-old outfielder, who checks in as MLB.com's No. 61 overall prospect, batted .312 and added eight homers, seven triples, 21 doubles and 11 stolen bases during his time in the MWL.
Franco's award comes as no surprise, given that the 18-year-old, switch-hitting shortstop has ascended to the top spot in MLB.com's Top-100 prospect rankings. During his time with Bowling Green, Franco hit .318/.390/.506 with six homers, 14 stolen bases and more walks (30) than strikeouts (20) over 62 games. The Dominican Republic native moved up to Class A Advanced Charlotte on June 25 but left enough of a mark on the Midwest League to be honored Friday.
No. 76 overall prospect
Bowling Green right-hander
Great Lakes' John Shoemaker was named Manager of the Year after leading the Loons to a league-best 76-50 record entering Friday. Great Lakes already punched its playoff ticket with a 43-24 record in the first half, beating out Lake County by four games in the Eastern Division.
Below is the full list of 2019 Midwest League end-of-season All-Stars and honorees:
2019 Midwest League end-of-season All-Stars and honorees
- -- MVP; ^ -- Prospect of the Year
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