While the pitcher of the year had a few good candidates, this was incredibly easy. Rodriguez was the best performing hitter in the system throughout the year, and it wasn’t really close.
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All one has to do is return to the first page of this post and look at the leader board. He led the entire system in runs, home runs, RBI, walks, and total bases. However, it’s not just that he led those categories. It’s that he was so good in other ones that he didn’t lead. Rodriguez was 5th in hits, 2nd in doubles, 3rd in batting average for those who had more than 250 plate appearances, led the system in on base for those with more than 250 plate appearances, was 3rd in slugging with those who had more than 250 PA, and 3rd in OPS for those who had 250+ PA.
That level of dominance made the choice of Rodriguez an easy one. Whether he’ll be back with the Twins system in 2018 or not will be an interesting offseason decision as Rodriguez will be a minor league free agent again after this season, but hopefully his positive experience in 2017 will keep him swinging for the Twins system, as he could work his way to the major leagues in 2018 if he keeps up the improvements he made in 2017.
So now it’s your turn. Do you agree? Disagree? Think someone was overlooked? Let us know in the comments below!