Pirates Name Steven Brault and Jordan Luplow as Their Minor League Season Award Winners

Prior to Saturday’s game against the St Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates will hand out season awards to two of their best minor league players from this season. Steven Brault has been named their minor league Pitcher of the Year, while outfielder Jordan Luplow has been named as their Player of the Year.

We named Brault as our Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday, while Luplow was named our Player of the Year on Monday.

Brault led all of Triple-A with a 1.94 ERA this season. In 120.1 innings, he had 109 strikeouts, a 1.07 WHIP and a .199 BAA. While MLB figures don’t factor into the minor league award, Brault has made three starts and six relief appearances for the Pirates this season, posting a 4.25 ERA in 29.2 innings.

Luplow split the minor league season between Altoona and Indianapolis this year. He posted a .903 OPS and hit 16 homers in 73 games for the Curve, then had a .914 OPS in 44 games in Triple-A, adding another seven homers to his total. He spent a brief amount of time in July with the Pirates, making his Major League debut. He has been up for second stint in Pittsburgh since August 28th.

The Pirates will also honor their top community service player from each of their affiliates before the game. That group includes current big leaguer Christopher Bostick (Indianapolis winner), as well as Morgantown pitcher Shane Kemp (won last year for Bristol), pitchers Bret Helton and Daniel Zamora were co-winners for Bradenton, Vince Deyzel was named the best for the GCL Pirates and pitcher Evan Piechota is the Bristol rep. Ivan Rosario is the DSL rep, which is interesting because he wasn’t an invite to the Fall Instructional League, so he went straight from the Dominican to Pittsburgh. Jonathan Schwind (Altoona) and Eduardo Vera (West Virginia) are also being honored for their community service.

Courtesy of Adam Marco, the wonderfully talented voice of the West Virginia Power, here are the fine gentlemen who served their community well  (Bostick is missing because he was in the dugout):

(left to right: Deyzel, Kemp, Rosario, Schwind, Helton, Zamora, Vera and Piechota)








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  • Cole with another quality start for him. This game he only allowed one home run and only five runs in five and two third innings. If he maintains this pace maybe he can be traded but the return like his ability to command the strike zone will be minimal.

    • Better to hope he changes his approach over the winter. For some reason he has been susceptible to the HR and big inning this year.

  • John, in 2018 would you put Luplow back in AAA for more seasoning or keep him on the MLB roster as a 4th outfielder?

    • Triple-A to start the year. He could use more time in Indianapolis. I think they bring a legit fourth option next year after what they went through this season. Things clearly didn’t go as planned and just Marte being out put them in a bad situation. I don’t see the 4th OF spot being a battle between Osuna and Luplow

      • Yeah, I think more time in AAA would be best for Luplow’s development. But if you hold Luplow back who is the next up, Luplow or Meadows? How could Luplow be tried at 3B again?
        They definitely need a 4th OF with Polanco’s injury history. I guess we’ll have to look at the FA market.

        • Osuna is going to play third base in winter ball he said. That seems more likely that Luplow, who wasn’t good there in Low-A and then had shoulder surgery and hasn’t played since. Osuna has taken ground balls there throughout the year.

          Not that I think he will be good, but it’s at least been mentioned. For some reason, a lot of fans think you can just throw anyone at 3B. It doesn’t work that way in real life, plus Osuna is a -0.8 WAR while playing positions he’s always played, imagine throwing him in at a tougher spot.

          • Osuna doesn’t strike me as being mobile or quick enough for 3B. But his bat would be a good to add to the lineup until they can get someone better.

        • So what do you plan to do with the player
          with the team’s highest batting average?

          • Tyler Glasnow? If it were up to me, he would be the starting pitcher on Tuesday and Sunday next week, then we see where he is at next spring

          • I’d rather package Osuna with one of our AAA rotation depth pitchers and another piece if necessary to get an affordable and more reliable third baseman with at least a couple years of control left than trying to force Osuna there. Maybe someone like Eugenio Suarez or Yangervis Solarte.

          • Frazier seems destined for super utility to me. But he could get a decent number of AB that way.