Polanco and Herrera Named Topps Minor League Players of the Year

Topps has released their Minor League Players of the Year awards for each of the individual leagues throughout minor league baseball, and two Pirates prospects were recognized for their respective leagues. Gregory Polanco was named the Player of the Year for the South Atlantic League, while Dilson Herrera was named the Player of the Year for the Gulf Coast League.

Polanco hit for a .325/.388/.522 line in 437 at-bats in West Virginia this year, with 16 homers. It was a breakout year for the outfielder, as he had a .237.333/.361 line last year in the GCL. His numbers barely edged out teammate Alen Hanson, who had a .309/.381/.528 line in 489 at-bats.

Herrera made his debut in the US this year, and hit for a .286/.341/.489 line with seven homers in 199 at-bats. He led the league in extra base hits, total bases, and finished second in home runs.

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  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 jlease717


    And in news of other than A ball, Wil Myers was named minor league player of the year by USA today. Pretty good prospect there.


    And picked 7 spots after Evan Chambers by the best management team in baseball. Brooks Pounders of course was the 2nd round pick, and Tony Sanchez the first that year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.donahue.100 whiteAngus


      • http://twitter.com/jlease717 jlease717

        Way to bring nothing to a discussion! That’s an amazing batting average you have.

        • https://profiles.google.com/116255365477483987850 jalcorn

          … and passed on by 28 other teams.

          Hindsight drafting in sports is a ridiculous exercise.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

            …I mean seriously though, why don’t the Pirates have every single good player in the minors?

        • http://www.facebook.com/david.donahue.100 whiteAngus

          bring nothing to the discussion? yeah, like we’ve never heard the snarky “best management team in baseball” before. sheesh.

          next thing you’ll be harping about is Mark Cuban or Mario Lemieux buying the team or something.

          • http://twitter.com/jlease717 jlease717

            I’m sorry, was ‘yawn’ the best you could do? Or does that pass for analysis? Note to jalcorn, Wil Meyers was a 3rd round pick, so he was passed by every team. The point I was making was that is a real prospect. And the detritus selected by the Best Management Team in Baseball stands in pretty stark contrast against it.