I asked on Twitter today who people would pick as their minor league hitter and pitcher of the year this year, if the season ended today. The almost unanimous decision for the pitcher was Kyle McPherson. That’s a good choice, as McPherson has a 2.86 ERA in 116.1 innings, along with a 103:17 K/BB ratio. As for the hitting side, it wasn’t as clear cut. The majority were split between Matt Curry and Matt Hague, although there were also votes for Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman. Here are the numbers for each:
Matt Curry: .317/.404/.553 in 331 AB (.278/.330/.449 in 176 AA at-bats)
Matt Hague: .319/.378/.475 in 364 AB
Starling Marte: .304/.340/.437 in 359 AB
Robbie Grossman: .287/.424/.417 in 345 AB
Hague is putting up great numbers at the top level, although not elite numbers (his .853 OPS isn’t earth shattering). Curry is putting up better overall numbers, although most of his success came in low-A. Recently he’s been on a hot streak, and if he keeps that up for the final month of the season, we probably won’t be having this discussion. Marte has seen a bit of a cold streak recently, bringing his overall numbers down, although they’re still in a good range. Grossman has had a great season, with an amazing 84 walks. Alex Presley would be in this conversation, but since he’s in the majors, I’d leave him out of the mix.
So who would your choice be?