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Here are all 30 teams' Prospects of the Year

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Here's a team-by-team look at each organization's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year, as chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff, based on Minor League performance. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

AL East

Here's a team-by-team look at each organization's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year, as chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff, based on Minor League performance. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

AL East

Blue Jays
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., 3B: Baseball's top prospect had a season for the ages, making a run at .400 at age 19 in Double-A and Triple-A.
Sean Reid-Foley, RHP: After excelling in Double-A and Triple-A, the 23-year-old righty struck out 10 batters twice in seven MLB starts.
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Orioles
Cedric Mullins, OF: After hitting .289 with 12 home runs and 29 doubles between Double-A and Triple-A, Mullins made his big league debut on Aug. 10 and logged 45 games for the Orioles down the stretch.
Zac Lowther, LHP: Logging 123 2/3 innings across two Class A levels, the 22-year-old lefty posted a 2.18 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and 151 strikeouts.
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Rays
Nate Lowe, 1B: A 13th-round pick in 2016, Lowe erupted to hit .330 across three levels, including Triple-A, and led the Rays' system with 27 home runs and 102 RBIs.
Brendan McKay, LHP/1B: In his first full pro season as a two-way player, McKay fared better on the mound (2.41 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, .196 batting average against, 103/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 78 1/3 innings) than he he did at the plate (.727 OPS, 6 HR).
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Red Sox
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: He ranked second in the Minors with 70 extra-base hits and 109 RBIs and fourth with 32 homers.
Denyi Reyes, RHP: He improved his pro record to 32-7 with a 2.12 ERA, finishing second in the Minors in WHIP (0.91) and fourth in ERA (1.97) and K/BB ratio (7.6).
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Yankees
Dermis Garcia, 1B/3B: Owner of some of the best raw power in the Yankees' system, he slammed 15 homers in 88 games and batted .241/.320/.444.
Michael King, RHP: He finished second in the Minors in ERA (1.79) and third in WHIP (0.91), recording a 152/29 K/BB ratio in 161 1/3 innings.
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AL Central

Indians
Nolan Jones, 3B: At 19, he produced a career-high 19 home runs across two levels and finished first in the Indians' system in slugging (.469) and OPS (.847), ranked second in on-base percentage (.405) and third in average (.285).
Eli Morgan, RHP: Between two levels, the 2017 eighth-rounder compiled a 3.27 ERA with 156 strikeouts and a .231 BAA over 143 1/3 frames.
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Royals
Seuly Matias, OF: He led the Minors in homers per plate appearance (one every 12.1) and ranked sixth with 31 homers in only 94 games in low Class A.
Richard Lovelady, LHP: He continued to dominate out of the bullpen, compiling a 2.47 ERA, .204 opponent average and 71 strikeouts in 73 innings.
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Tigers
Christin Stewart, OF: The slugger reached the 25-homer plateau and topped the organization in that category for the third year in a row, reaching Detroit and launching his first two big league homers.
Matt Manning, RHP: He began the year in the Midwest League and finished two levels up in Double-A, pitching in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and finishing first in the organization with 154 strikeouts in 117 2/3 innings and holding hitters to a .211 batting average against.
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Twins
Alex Kirilloff, OF: He finished two homers shy of winning the organizational triple crown, leading all of the Minors in total bases (296) while finishing with a combined .348/.392/.578 line across two levels of A ball.
Brusdar Graterol, RHP: After making his U.S. debut in 2017, he broke out even more in full-season ball in '18, pitching across two levels of A ball and finishing with a 2.74 ERA, a .234 BAA and a nifty 107/28 K/BB ratio in 102 innings.
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White Sox
Eloy Jimenez, OF: Despite missing time with a pair of muscle strains, he batted .337/.384/.577 with 22 homers, placing seventh in the Minors in slugging and eighth in hitting.
Dylan Cease, RHP: MLB Pipeline's Pitcher of the Year, he went 12-2 with a 2.40 ERA, 160 strikeouts and a .189 opponent average (fifth best in the Minors) in 124 innings.
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AL West

A's
Ramon Laureano, OF: After joining the A's via an offseason trade, he excelled on both sides of the ball at Double-A and Triple-A before emerging as Oakland's everyday center fielder in August.
Jesus Luzardo, LHP: The 20-year-old southpaw enjoyed a meteoric rise from the Class A Advanced level to Triple-A, earning the nod as the World team starter in the Futures Game along the way.
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Angels
Taylor Ward, 3B: Switched from behind the plate to the hot corner, Ward's bat took off and he led the system in batting average and finished second in the Minors in average (.349) and on-base percentage (.446) while hitting his way to the big leagues.
Griffin Canning, RHP: Reaching Triple-A in his first season of pro ball, Canning is now knocking on the big league door after finishing with a combined 3.65 ERA, .236 BAA and a 9.9 K/9 rate.
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Astros
Kyle Tucker, OF: He recorded his second straight 20-20 season and batted .332/.400/.590 to lead the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in slugging and OPS (.989).
Josh James, RHP: He easily topped the Minors in strikeout rate (13.5 per nine innings) while ranking fourth in whiffs (171) and sixth in opponent average (.191).
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Mariners
Evan White, 1B: The 2017 first-rounder finished his first full season with a .300/.371/.453 line, thanks in part to a torrid August in the California League.
Matt Festa, RHP: After notching 20 saves in Double-A, Festa joined Seattle's bullpen in mid-July and appeared in eight games (2.16 ERA) down the stretch.
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Rangers
Scott Heineman, OF: He batted .306/.371/.445 with 12 homers and 18 steals, topping all Rangers farmhands with his .816 OPS.
Tyler Phillips, RHP: He led the low Class A South Atlantic League with 11 wins and finished third in the Minors in K/BB ratio (7.9) and fourth in walk rate (1.1 per nine innings).
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NL East

Braves
Austin Riley, 3B: Despite missing a month with a knee injury, Riley still hit his way to Triple-A at age 21 and finished second in the system in homers (19) and third in both batting average (.294) and RBIs (70).
Touki Toussaint, RHP: He began the year in Double-A and finished it pitching in the Major League postseason, topping the organization with both his 2.38 ERA and 163 strikeouts in the Minors, holding hitters across two levels to a .202 BAA.
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Marlins
Austin Dean, OF: He had four home runs and 14 RBIs in 34 big league games after slashing .345/.410/.511 between Double-A and Triple-A.
Nick Neidert, RHP: In addition to his 3.24 ERA, Neidert led the Southern League in wins (12) and innings pitched (152 2/3) and ranked second in strikeouts (154).
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Mets
Peter Alonso, 1B: A home run on the season's final day enabled Alonso to tie for the Minor League lead with 36 and he easily won the RBI crown with 119 across Double-A and Triple-A.
David Peterson, LHP: The 2017 first-round pick topped the organization with his 3.16 ERA and finished with a strong 3.83 K/BB ratio to go along with the third-best groundout-to-airout ratio (2.55) in the Minors.
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Nationals
Carter Kieboom, SS: The team's first-round pick in 2016, he slashed .280/.357/.444 with 16 home runs and nine stolen bases and reached Double-A at 21.
Jefry Rodriguez, RHP: Injuries opened the door at the big league level for Rodriguez, who improved with experience, posting a .195 BAA over his final nine outings.
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Phillies
Adam Haseley, OF: The Phillies' first-round pick from 2017 had a quietly strong first full season, reaching Double-A and finishing third in the system with his .305 average, along with 11 homers and a .361 OBP.
David Parkinson, LHP: In one of the quietest, best seasons by a left-handed pitching prospect in the Minors, Parkinson led the organization in ERA (1.45) and finished second in strikeouts (141), going 11-1 across two levels of A ball.
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NL Central

Brewers
Corey Ray, OF: He was the Southern League leader in homers (27) and stolen bases (37) while also hitting 32 doubles, putting him in elite company as one of two players to produce at least 20 homers, 30 doubles and 20 steals in 2018.
Zack Brown, RHP: The Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher, he went 9-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings.
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Cardinals
Elehuris Montero, 3B: A huge breakout in his full-season debut enabled Montero to lead the system in average (.315) and finish second in RBIs (82) while reaching the Florida State League before his 20th birthday.
Daniel Poncedeleon, RHP: Coming back from brain surgery after getting hit in the head with a line drive in 2017, Poncedeleon not only dominated in Triple-A (2.24 ERA, .197 BAA, 10.3 K/9), he made a strong contribution to the big league staff in St. Louis as well.
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Cubs
Jason Vosler, 3B: For the second straight season, he set career highs in homers (23), extra-base hits (54) and RBIs (93), pacing the system in all three categories.
Cory Abbott, RHP: Thriving on deception, Abbott led all Cubs farmhands in ERA (2.50), hit rate (7.4 per nine innings) and strikeout rate (10.3 per nine innings).
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Pirates
Kevin Kramer, 2B/SS: The 2015 second-round pick won the organizational batting title with his .311 average while hitting 15 homers (good for fourth) and hitting his way up to Pittsburgh for the first time.
Mitch Keller, RHP: His first taste of Triple-A was rough, though he finished well, but he still led the organization with 135 strikeouts and finished fourth in ERA (3.48).
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Reds
Taylor Trammell, OF: The 2018 Futures Game MVP hit .277 with a .375 OBP and finished fourth in the system with 25 steals, all at age 20 in the Class A Advanced Florida State League.
Tony Santillan, RHP: The 21-year-old right-hander took a big step forward as a complete pitcher, reaching Double-A, finishing second in the system in ERA (3.08) and fourth in strikeouts (134) while drastically cutting his walk rate.
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NL West

D-backs
Jazz Chisholm, SS: The 20-year-old middle infielder's power showed up in a big way as he led the organization with 25 homers, really taking off with a move up to the California League (.329/.369/.597 in 36 games at that level).
Taylor Widener, RHP: In his first season in the organization, Widener led all pitchers in the system in both ERA (2.75) and strikeouts (176), finishing second in the Minors in the latter category.
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Dodgers
Gavin Lux, SS/2B: He batted .324/.399/.515 with 15 homers and 13 steals, topping Minor League shortstops in all three slash stats.
Tony Gonsolin, RHP: Excelling in his first season as a Minor League starter, he went 10-2 with a 2.60 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 128 innings.
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Giants
Joey Bart, C: The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, he placed third in the short-season Northwest League with 13 homers in only 45 games.
Shaun Anderson, RHP: San Francisco's best pitching prospect worked a system-high 141 1/3 innings, going 8-7 with a 3.69 ERA and 127 strikeouts.
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Padres
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS: A thumb injury prematurely ended the 19-year-old's season, but prior to that, he produced an .862 OPS with 16 home runs and 16 steals in the Texas League.
Chris Paddack, RHP: Returning from Tommy John surgery, he compiled a 2.10 ERA and 0.82 WHIP with 120 strikeouts and eight walks in 90 innings while reaching Double-A.
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Rockies
Roberto Ramos, 1B: He batted .269/.368/.574, placing fourth in the Minors in homers (32) and eighth in slugging.
Rico Garcia, RHP: He led all Rockies farmhands with 13 wins, a 2.96 ERA, 167 innings and 162 strikeouts.
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