The Pirates have named outfielder Jordan Luplow their minor league player of the year and lefty Steven Brault their minor league pitcher of the year.
Steven Brault and Jordan Luplow are the Pirates' minor league pitcher and player of the year.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) September 23, 2017
Luplow divided his minor league time between Altoona and Indianapolis, and had a breakout season. Between the two stops he hit 302/382/527 with 23 HRs. He previous high for longballs in a season had been 12. He controlled the strike zone well, with 45 walks and 81 strikeouts.
Brault spent most of the season, until the end of August, in the Indianapolis rotation. In 20 starts and one relief appearance in AAA, he went 10-5 with a 1.94 ERA. Brault walked 3.3 per nine innings while striking out 8.2.