Best Player: OF Jordan Luplow
Luplow, the 2014 third-rounder out of Fresno State, wasn’t invited to big league camp in February, and he wasn't considered a top prospect even at midseason. However, he ripped through Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis by batting .302/.381/.527 with 23 home runs, which earned him multiple callups to Pittsburgh to serve as outfield depth.
Luplow’s 23 homers topped all Pirates minor leaguers and surpassed his combined total of 22 in his previous two seasons. Though top prospect Austin Meadows still is the Pirates’ long-term answer, Luplow assured that he will be part of the discussion.
“He just really had one of those years where he put it all together," general manager Neal Huntington said. “We liked him out of the draft. We liked him in a slow, steady progression (through the minors), but he really put things together from an approach standpoint, a mentality standpoint and a pitch-to-pitch focus standpoint."