The Bats came into the season with high expectations but got off to a very rough start as the bullpen had troubles keeping late leads. The team fought back from 12 games below .500 to get back to 5 games below, but struggled for over 2 months to get back to .500. However once the Bats were able to reach .500, the team absolutely took off, going 20-1 over a 21 game stretch shortly after reaching .500 and found themselves going toward a third straight division title.
Top pitching prospect
Tough one here. Not really though, Aroldis Chapman is the clear winner here. He is the best arm in the system and it isn’t close. While his season wasn’t completely dominating as he split time between the rotation and in the bullpen with an ERA of 3.57 in 95.2 innings with 52 walks and 125 strikeouts, his talent is clearly head and shoulders above everyone else in the system.
Top position prospect
Yonder Alonso struggled for the first part of the year as he was recovering from his broken hamate bone. However once the one year mark came around, Alonso hit a combined .351/.424/.597 the rest of the season for the bats, showing his potential while healthy is that of a top end first baseman.
Among the league leaders
- Zack Cozart – 91 runs led the league
- Todd Frazier – 32 doubled ranked 7th in the league
- Wladimir Balentien – 25 HR’s ranked 3rd in the league
- Wladimir Balentien – 78 RBI ranked 7th in the league
- Zack Cozart – 30 steals ranked 5th in the league
- Matt Maloney – 10 wins ranked 9th in the league
- Aroldis Chapman – 125 strikeouts ranked 5th in the league
- Travis Wood – 1.10 WHIP ranked 8th in the league
- Travis Wood – 4.13 K/BB ranked 4th in the league
- Sam Lecure – 3.78 K/BB ranked 9th in the league
- Aroldis Chapman – 30.3% K rate ranked 3rd in the league
- Matt Maloney – 5% BB rate ranked 5th in the league