Memphis (Cardinals) 3
El Paso (Padres) 2
Memphis (Cardinals), 91-50 (.644)
|Most Valuable Player
Christian Walker, 1B, Reno (D-backs)
|Pitcher Of The Year
Wilmer Font, RHP, Oklahoma City (Dodgers)
|Rookie of the Year
Amed Rosario, SS, Las Vegas (Mets)
|Did Not Qualify
Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Oklahoma City (Dodgers)
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To qualify for a league top 20, a starting pitcher must have thrown 1/3 of an inning per team game played, a relief pitcher must have made 20 appearances, and hitters must average one plate appearance per game played.
Though some of the best prospects who played in the Pacific Coast League in 2017 were the ones who passed quickly through it, history was made by many of those who stayed in the Triple-A circuit.
Talent-rich Memphis, led by PCL manager of the year Stubby Clapp, posted the best regular season in franchise history with a 91-50 record, then won the league’s playoffs as well. The Redbirds became the first PCL team since 2006 to win 90 games and just the third in league history to win the division by at least 20 games.
The Redbirds led all PCL clubs with a 3.77 ERA, thanks to contributions from righthanders and 2014 Cardinals first-rounders Jack Flaherty and Luke Weaver. With the help of shortstop Paul DeJong, catcher Carson Kelly and center fielder Harrison Bader, Memphis led all Midwest-based PCL clubs in runs scored (714), home runs (164) and OPS (.795).
Rosario already boasted some of the best tools among minor league shortstops, including terrific athleticism and the strongest throwing arm in the PCL. This season he added much more polish, paving the way to his Aug. 1 callup to the Mets.
The shortstop has great hands, plus range and high reliability. "One thing he learned this year was how to position himself," Las Vegas manager Pedro Lopez said, "how to better learn swings and take control over the infield . . . Especially last year, some of the errors he made were staying back on balls and relying too much on his arm."
Rosario's approach at the plate also improved drastically. He established career highs with a .328 average and seven home runs. He also stole 19 bases with plus-plus speed. "He's still aggressive," Lopez said, "but he's staying away from those marginal pitches and focusing on pitches he can drive."