MLB Prospect Watch: 2022 Minor League Awards, including the Orioles as best team and Corbin Carroll as best hitter

Believe it or not, we’ve come to our last MLB prediction watch of the year. By this time next week, each of the minors’ level will have completed the regular season. As always, we’re dedicating this space to our version of the year-end awards.

Below, we’ve highlighted players and teams in six different categories from our creation. It should go without indicating that there are more individuals worthy of recognition than this format allows us to highlight. Small leagues are a big device after all. Just keep that in mind in case your favorite potential client isn’t mentioned.

Now, on the gas bag.

Carroll has had an eventful career for someone with over 160 professional appearances since being selected 16th in the 2019 draft. He missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, and was robbed of a normal growth cycle the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. . Carroll has looked no worse in any of them this season, coming in at 0.307/.425/.611 with 24 home points and 31 stolen bases in 93 games split over three levels before being called into the majors. (Most of these came in Double- or Triple-A.) Don’t let Carroll’s diminutive (5-foot-10) tire fool you: He’s a well-rounded player who can hit, run, and play midfield. He was a strong candidate for a potential #1 slot in the minors category before his recent promotion to the majors, and the combination of his production, rising star, and background makes him our choice here.

Pitcher of the Year: Kyle Harrison, LHP, San Francisco Giants

Things didn’t go the Giants’ way at the big league level, failing in their attempt to replicate at NL West, but at least they kept hiring Harrison. He made 25 starts between High- and Double-A, collected a 2.71 ERA and hit 14.8 hits all nine. Harrison has a solid mix of three pitches, including a fastball that could touch the ’90s. Its sound quality is bolstered by a hole in the lower arm that creates a flat level and an optical illusion that hitters just can’t seem to solve. The only thing holding Harrison back is his place. He’s been running four strokes every nine this season – and that’s been an improvement after he walked about five last year.

There are many ways to define this class. We like to keep it simple: the purpose of the small league system is to improve the roster of the big leagues. This can mean through promotions; It can mean by deals; or a combination thereof. With that in mind, we’re giving a nod to the orioles. Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson graduated this season, both of whom were vying for first place in all the minors at the time of their promotions to the majors. (Had it not been for his injury, Grayson Rodriguez would have been in the mix, too.) The rival scouts also praised the progress of Colton Kauser and Colby Mayo, among other future arrivals. Factor in the addition of Jackson’s #1 pick, and the O’s minor league system has had a great year, no matter how you split it.

We weren’t impressed with what the Reds did last season, when they ditched the paycheck and the hand of Miley and Tucker Barnhart to start rebuilding. However, their work this summer has impressed us the most. Over the course of July, the Reds acquired Noelfi Mart, Edwin Arroyo, Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand (among others) in the deals. They also caught Cam Collier, a dark horse candidate to go first overall to the draft, midway through the first round. This is what the “talent accumulation” phase of a complete deconstruction is supposed to look like.

Biggest Rookie: Jackson Chorio, CF, Milwaukee Brewers

Who else could it be, really? Chourio, who won’t celebrate his 19th birthday until next March, secured himself a place near the top of the odds lists this winter by hitting .288/.342/.538 with 20 home runs and 16 steals (in 20 attempts) on A 99 game tournament split between Category A, High-A and Double-A. He did the bulk of his damage in the Carolinas, leading the Brewers’ A-ball in OPS despite being nearly three years younger than his average competitor – with that kind of age gap, Sibley did quite well just to keep By himself. Chorio blossomed instead while showing off impressive physical gadgets that indicate he’s on his way to stardom.

We were in love with Martin, who is going back to his college days at Vanderbilt. In fact, we ranked him as the best prospect in the 2020 draft based on the strength of his ball-handling skills, approach and defensive versatility. It didn’t hurt that Scouts who spoke to CBS Sports thought he had more juice in his racket based on his exit speed readings.

Unfortunately, Martin hasn’t proven it true (or us). In 90 Double-A games this season, he’s hit .241/.367/.316 with two home runs and just 18 base hits. His home run now totals seven in 185 professional games. It’s possible for low-wattage hitters to succeed at big companies, but it’s not easy. Martin’s ISO 075 number would be the fifth lowest among qualified hitters. And that is if it is fully translated.

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