In a bit of a surprise Edwin Rios named LAD Minor league Player of the Year

I think I’d have gone with Andrew Toles or Cody Bellinger or Willie Calhoun but Edwin Rios takes the big prize as LAD Minor League Player of the Year.

Brock Stewart takes the LAD Minor League pitcher of the year award over the competition of Jose DeLeon.

Rios combined to hit .303 with 68 runs, 25 doubles, two triples, 27 home runs and 75 RBI along with a .344 on-base percentage and a .576 slugging percentage in 103 games for Single-A Great Lakes, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa this season.

Rios is 22 years old and was drafted by the Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2015 draft.

Bellinger who just turned 21 hit 23 home runs while playing the whole season in AA ball. His ops were .851 and he was able to play the outfield and 1st base. Just seems like a more impressive season.

Willie Calhoun also hit 27 home runs playing the whole season in AA and won’t turn 22 until November. Willie did his damage as a 2nd baseman and was probably the best hitting 2nd baseman in all the minor leagues.

If you don’t know the Toles story you probably aren’t a Dodger fan. Toles started out in Rancho, tore them up, moved up to Tulsa, tore them up, moved up to Oklahoma, tore them up, moved up to the Dodgers, tore up the NL. He still had 323 minor leagues at bats which should have been enough to qualify him. His minor league totals was a .884 OPS.

Brock Stewart looks like a good choice since he was dominant all year while it took a while for Jose DeLeon to get going being shut down twice during the year.

Dodger Insider Magazine has a story by Cary Osborne on Brock Stewart and his rise this year from unknown prospect to a shooting star.

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