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Most impressive MiLB players

With the MiLB season wrapping up across all levels, there are several minor league players who have had impressive seasons up and down affiliated ball. Some players stayed the entire season at one level, and some jumped all the way to the lower levels of the minors all the way to Triple A and even the majors. Here are five players who had stellar seasons in the minor leagues.

Ethan Salas C, San Diego Padres (Low A-AA) 

Ethan Salas is a 17-year-old catcher in the Padres system who hit his way to AA before a knee sprain prematurely ended his season. Salas through three levels of the minors slashed .248/.331/.421 hitting nine home runs and driving in 41 baserunners. While the numbers don’t look too impressive, considering his age, this is eye-popping stuff. Salas’s efforts jumped him to number five overall on MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects, sandwiched between Washington’s Dylan Crews and Tampa’s Junior Caminero. While he still develops as a defensive catcher, Salas’s production cannot be overlooked at 17-years-old, with plenty of time to develop.

Wyatt Langford OF Texas Rangers (Rookie-AAA)

Wyatt Langford was drafted fourth overall after an insane season at the University of Florida, leading the Gators all the way to the College World Series Finals. Langford continued his strong hitting from Gainesville in the pros, as he slashed .366/.484/.686 hitting 10 homers through five levels of the minors. The Rangers already have a crowded outfield with number eight overall prospect Evan Carter reaching the majors this season, and right fielder Adolis Garcia having another great offensive season.  Despite te competition in the organization, Langford is working his way into the mix and barring unsuspecting circumstances, we could see him in the majors by next season.

Jackson Jobe RHP Detroit Tigers (Rookie-AA)

Jobe had a rough start to the year, going down with a spine injury that sidelined him for a couple months, but once he was back on the mound he was unhittable. Through 16 starts and four levels of the minors, Jobe sported a 2.81 ERA, with a WHIP of 0.98. Even more impressive, Jobe struckout 84 batters to just six walks in 64 innings this season. His weakness is the home run ball, allowing nine of them this year compared to 14 in 2022 in five more starts. Averaging just four innings a start, the organization hopes he can be lengthened out eventually, but this season is a great launching point for a breakout campaign next year to potentially improve a Detroit Tigers rotation still searching for its ace.

Brady House 3B Washington Nationals (Low A-AA)

The Nationals were looking for their first-round pick to have a breakout season last year, but unfortunately, House suffered a season ending back injury in June 2022. He came back better than ever in 2023 though, beginning in Low-A Fredericksburg and hit the ball consistently. Through three levels of the minors, House slashed .312/.365/.497 with nine homers and 47 RBI. Despite the strong hitting numbers, House had a tough adjustment switching from shortstop to third base, as CJ Abrams looks to have taken over that position in the bigs for the foreseeable future. House committed eight errors at the hot corner in Low-A but as the season went on, his defense got better. He committed just four errors in 52 games after being promoted from Low-A. The Nationals are looking for another big season from House next season as he could be major league ready midway through the 2024 season.

Robby Snelling LHP San Diego Padres (Low A-AA)

The 2022 first rounder pitched in his first professional season this year and was exceptional through each level of the minors. Through 22 starts, Snelling had an 11-3 record with a 1.82 ERA, striking out 118 in 103 innings and walking just 34 batters. At just 19-years-old the Padres no. 3 overall prospect is already knocking on the door. Snelling still needs length, averaging 4.2 innings per start. The Padres will likely keep him on an innings limit next season as Snelling will be in his age-20 season. If everything goes well, Snelling will likely be in the majors in 2026, maybe even 2025.

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