Best Player: OF Austin Hays
Hays spent 2016 at short-season Aberdeen after the Orioles selected him in the third round out of Jacksonville. But the 22-year-old tore through the system this year and landed in Baltimore following a September callup. He is the first player from the 2016 draft to reach the majors.
Hays emerged as one of the top prospects in baseball while batting a combined .329/.365/.593 with 32 home runs, 32 doubles, five triples and 95 RBIs in 128 games at high Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie. He was among five finalists for the BA Minor league Player of the Year.
"Austin Hays has had a great year and he's got all the tools," executive vice president Dan Duquette said. "He distinguished himself in the Carolina League and made the all-star team, and then we moved him to Double-A and it seemed to be a seamless adjustment for him. He runs good, throws good, he can hit, he can field and he's got power to all fields, so he has all the tools."