The outcome for the Best Second Baseman Poll was predictable. Scott Kingery was the runaway winner. Kingery was the winner of the Paul Owens Award for the top hitter in their minor league system. He also won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for Second Base from among all second basemen in the minor leagues. Kingery split time between Reading and Lehigh Valley and posted a combined .304/.359/.530/.889 with 26 HR and 65 RBI in 603 plate appearances. He struck out 109 times (18.1%) and walked 41 times (6.8%). His numbers were considerably better at AA.
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I think the interesting observation from the poll is who is deemed to be the next second base prospect behind the 23-year old Kingery.
|Scott Kingery (LHV, REA)||264||66%|
|Daniel Brito (LAK)||44||11%|
|Jesmuel Valentin (LHV)||27||7%|
|Brayan Gonzalez (GCL)||26||7%|
|Angelo Mora (LHV, REA)||10||3%|
|Drew Stankiewicz (REA, CLW)||7||2%|
|Pedro Florimon (LHV)||6||2%|
|Jake Scheiner (WPT)||6||2%|
|Jose Antequera (CLW)||3||1%|
|Jesus Azuaje (WPT)||3||1%|
|Grenny Cumana (CLW)||1||0%|
|Raul Rivas (LAK, WPT)||1||0%|
|Brian Mims (WPT)||1||0%|
|Derek Campbell (REA, CLW)||1||0%|
|Jesus Henriquez (GCL)||0||0%|
Daniel Brito is a 19-year old out of Venezuela. He completed his third season in the organization at Lakewood. He put up a .239/.298/.318/.615 slash in his first year of full season ball. He committed 10 errors and posted a fielding percentage of .977 at second base. He started 4 games at short and finished two others there.
An injury scuttled Jesse Valentin’s season before he could play thirty games In Lehigh Valley. The 23-year old was impressive in his first major league camp but got off to a slow start in AAA. He slashed .229/.282/.292/.573 in 104 plate appearances.
Seventeen year old Brayan Gonzalez was signed as a 16-year old in 2016. He made his pro debut in the GCL this season. He fared well at the plate although he was usually giving away 2-3 years against older pitchers. He started strong, slumped, and rebounded to a respectable .269/.331/.388/.719 slash in 152 plate appearances. He played a good second base, committing 5 errors and posting a .972 fielding percentage. He and Jonathan Guzman looked pretty good manning the middle of the diamond for the GCL Phillies.