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2014 Minor League Awards Chosen By The Fans

The fans had their say as to whom would walk away with the top minor league awards for the 2014 season. Below we share the winners from the fans perspective.

Top Home Run – Robert Refsnyder

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railraider (AAA) was voted the winner for the Most Exciting home run.

Top Plays – Jared Simon

Tulsa Drillers outfielder won the Top Plays award for stealing away a home run.

Breakout Prospect – Dalton Pompey, OF

Dalton Pompey

Dunedin Blue Jays (Class A Advanced)

.317/.392/.469, 113 G, 9 HR, 51 RBI, 43 SB





MiLB: “Ranked 19th among Toronto’s prospects at the start of the year, Pompey climbed to third in the system and No. 90 in MLB.com’s overall Top 100. He hit a career-high .317 across three levels and went from Class A Advanced Dunedin all the way to Toronto, where he made 17 late-season appearances.”

Top Offensive Player – Mallex Smith, CF

Mallex Smith

Lake Elisnore Storm (Class A Advanced)

310/.403/.432, 29 2B, 99 R, 88 SB





MiLB: “Proof that stealing 88 bases in a Minors season isn’t easy, Smith finished 19 thefts ahead of any other prospect in baseball. The sparkplug was no one-trick pony, either — he ripped 29 doubles while putting up a .310 average and reaching base better than 40 percent of the time.”

Top Starting Pitcher – Daniel Norris, LHP

Daniel Norris

Dunedin Blue Jays (Class A Advanced)

12-2, 2.53 ERA, 124 2/3 IP, 163 K, 1.11 WHIP





MiLB: “Not ranked among the game’s top 100 prospects by MLB.com before the season, Norris surged to No. 25 by its end. Thanks to his high strikeout numbers, the 21-year-old left-hander worked his way from Class A Advanced Dunedin to the Toronto bullpen by September.”

Top Relief Pitcher – Akeel Morris, RHP

akeel morris

Savannah Sand Gnats (Class A Advanced)

4-1, 0.63 ERA, 57 IP, 89 K, 0.72 WHIP, 16 SV, 17 SVO





MiLB: “Morris did not allow a run in his first 12 appearances of the season and went on to lead the South Atlantic League in saves. The right-hander held opponents to a minuscule .103 batting average.”

Best Team


Kane County Cougars (Class A – Short Season)




MiLB: “Led by the best pitching staff in the league, the Cougars paced the Minor Leagues with 91 wins, clinched both the first- and second-half Midwest League Western Division titles and swept their way to the championship, going 7-0 in three playoff rounds.”

Best Farm System


MetsNew York Mets




MiLB: “Perhaps no system saw its top prospects take bigger strides than the Mets. Dilson Herrera and Rafael Montero made it to the Majors, Kevin Plawecki shined in his first Triple-A look, Brandon Nimmo continued to post outrageous on-base numbers and Steven Matz emerged as yet another strong starting pitching prospect.”


(Stats & Photos: Courtesy of MiLB.com)

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