We've been announcing our Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year for the last seven years, but this is only the third year we've had an official Breakout Prospect of the Year. For a site that tracks the progress of everyone in the system, and always looks for breakout candidates, the award only makes sense. Previously we named Yeudy Garcia as the winner in 2015, and Mitch Keller the winner in 2016. Max Moroff and Eric Wood were named the breakout hitters in each of those years.
There were a lot of strong candidates this year, and the Breakout Prospect of the Year finally went to a hitter, with Jordan Luplow taking home the award.
The term "breakout" doesn't have a specific meaning. It could cover a player going from non-prospect status to a guy who could now be seen as a future ...
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