Vlad Jr. runs away with Pipeline Hitter of the Year – MLB.com

Over the years, there have been some contentious debates over who should be MLB Pipeline’s Minor League Hitter of the Year. This year, the conversation took approximately as long as it took to say the name Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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Sure, several hitters put up very good numbers across the Minors in 2018, but choosing the No. 1 prospect in baseball as this year’s winner was as easy an award-winning decision as there will be this season.

It’s easy to run out of superlatives when describing the season that the son of the Hall of Famer had, but some of the highlights:

• Led the Minors in batting average (.381)
• Led the Minors in slugging percentage (.636)
• Led the Minors in OPS (1.073)
• Set career highs in doubles, home runs, total bases, RBIs, average, OBP, SLG, OPS
• Has not gone consecutive games without a hit since July 20-21, 2017

“I was happy with everything that transpired throughout the season,” Guerrero Jr. told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. “I go out there on a daily basis and work hard. I fully understand that I can only control what I do on the field, but have no control over what happens off the field.”

Guerrero doubles for final hit of season

“My ‘seat’ from the third-base coaching box, I was always on high alert in case he yanked one my way,” said New Hampshire manager John Schneider, who also managed Guerrero at Class A Advanced Dunedin in 2017. “It was a historic type of year. He hits the ball so hard, has such great barrel-to-ball skills, great feel for what pitchers are trying to do to him, makes adjustments from pitch to pitch.

“His work is so good, he’s so convicted in what he’s doing, and obviously he’s confident. He’s so talented and he’s so

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