Indianapolis was one of the most successful teams in the Pirates' system this year, fueled by Starling Marte and a strong pitching staff. By the time the playoffs came around, all of the players who got them to the post-season had been promoted to the majors, which resulted in a first round loss. Here are the results from the individual players, as well as the top ten prospects at the level this year.
The top hitting prospect in the system spent most of the season in Indianapolis. Starling Marte put up impressive numbers in Triple-A, and really caught fire starting at the end of June. Marte ended up with a .286 average and an .847 OPS prior to his promotion to the majors.
Another player who saw a promotion to the majors this year was Brock Holt. The infielder was on fire in his 95 at-bats in Triple-A, with a .432 average and a 1.013 OPS. That was enough to make him a surprise September callup, where he received a lot of playing time with injuries to Neil Walker.
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