It isn't the most surprising news in the world, but the Brewers are announcing they've named Lewis Brinson and Corbin Burnes the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
In his first full year in the Brewers' system, Brinson hit .331/.400/.562 with 13 home runs, 22 doubles and 4 triples in 76 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He also made his Major League debut this year, earning a couple cups of coffee and appearing in 21 games. His .106/.236/.277 line in 55 plate appearances was brought down by a large amount of bad luck -- he had an almost impossibly low .107 BABIP despite hitting the ball hard nearly every time. His average exit velocity of 90.8 mph was the highest among all Brewers this year.
Burnes -- like last year's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Brandon Woodruff -- burst out of seemingly nowhere to put together a season to remember. In 26 starts across High-A Carolina and Double-A Biloxi, Burnes put up a 1.67 ERA, struck out 140 in 145.2 innings, and walked just 36. He also gave up just three home runs all season and kept the bases empty for much of his outings, putting up a 0.954 WHIP. He did all of that despite finishing last year as MLB Pipeline's 20th-best Brewers prospect. They now rank him 7th.
Statistics courtesy of FanGraphs and Statcast