A pair of former Lansing Lugnuts were named the breakout prospects of the year as part of MiLB.com’s MiLBY Awards.
MiLB.com staff selected LHP Daniel Norris, while fans voted for OF Dalton Pompey. Both players were members of the 2013 Lugnuts and made their major-league debuts with the Toronto Blue Jays this year.
Norris went 1-7 with a 4.20 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 44 walks in 85.2 IP for the Lugnuts. He was much more impressive in the minor leagues this year, posting a 12-2 record with a 2.53 ERA, 163 strikeouts and 43 walks in 124.2 IP across three levels.
After playing five games with the Lugnuts in 2012, Pompey spent the entire 2013 season with Lansing, batting .261 with 6 HR, 40 RBI and 38 SB in 115 games. This year he batted .317 with 9 HR, 51 RBI and 43 SB in 113 games across three minor-league levels.
In other news about former Lugnuts, Miami Marlins RHP Anthony DeSclafani is working on his curveball in the Arizona Fall League. According to Baseball America, he threw a curve in college and his first year of pro ball, but then shelved it until now.
DeSclafani’s first year as a professional player was 2012, when he went 11-3 with a 3.37 ERA, 92 strikeouts and 25 walks in 123 IP for the Lugnuts. He made his major-league debut with the Marlins this year.