Cron, 24, hit .283 (146-for-515) with 35 doubles, 25 home runs, 91 RBI and 76 runs scored in 138 games with Double-A Jackson. He was named Southern League Most Valuable Player after leading the league in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits (60) and total bases (256). Cron also ranked among SL leaders in hits (2nd), doubles (2nd), slugging pct. (2nd, .497), OPS (2nd, .854) AB/HR ratio (2nd, 20.60), runs scored (T-4th) and walks (9th, 56).
A 2011 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Cron was named by Baseball America as a Double-A All-Star and the SL Best Power Prospect. After leading the league in home runs (26) in 2016, Cron became the first SL player since 1975-76 to lead the circuit in back-to-back years.
Duplantier, 23, was named MLB Pipeline’s Pitcher of the Year, going 12-3 with a 1.39 ERA (21 ER in 136.0 IP) and 165 strikeouts in 25 games (24 starts) between Single-A Kane County and Single-A Adv. Visalia. His ERA was second lowest in the last 25 years, behind Justin Verlander’s 1.29 ERA in 2005.
A third-round pick in the 2016 draft out of Rice University, Duplantier also was named Arizona’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April, May and July, joining Archie Bradley (2013) as the only 2 pitchers in franchise history to earn the honor 3 times in a season. Duplantier, who earned Midwest League midseason All-Star accolades while with the Cougars, also represented Arizona in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park.
Here’s a list of all those to have been honored by the team in franchise history.
D-backs farm pitchers and players of the year
|1996||Vladimir Nunez||Lethbridge||Kevin Sweeney||Lethbridge|
|1997||Brad Penny||South Bend||Travis Lee||High Desert|
|Mike Stoner||High Desert|
|1998||Brad Penny||High Desert||Jason Conti||Tulsa|
|1999||Andrew Good||South Bend||Jack Cust||High Desert|
|2000||Bret Prinz||South Bend/El Paso||Alex Cabrera||El Paso/Tucson|
|2001||Beltran Perez||South Bend||Lyle Overbay||El Paso|
|2002||Mike Gosling||El Paso||Scott Hairston||South Bend/Lancaster|
|2003||Brian Bruney||El Paso/Tucson||Chad Tracy||Tucson|
|2004||Enrique Gonzalez||Lancaster||Carlos Quentin||Lancaster/El Paso|
|2005||Dustin Nippert||Tennessee||Andy Green||Tucson|
|2006||Micah Owings||Tennessee/Tucson||Alberto Callaspo||Tucson|
|2007||Esmerling Vasquez||Justin Upton||Visalia/Mobile|
|2008||Cesar Valdez||Visalia/Mobile||Josh Whitesell||Tucson|
|2009||Billy Buckner||Reno||Ryan Wheeler||Yakima/South Bend|
|2010||Wade Miley||Mobile||Paul Goldschmidt||Visalia|
|2011||Tyler Skaggs||Visalia/Mobile||Paul Goldschmidt||Mobile|
|2012||Trevor Bauer||Mobile/Reno||Adam Eaton||Mobile/Reno|
|2013||Archie Bradley||Visalia/Mobile||Chris Owings||Reno|
|2014||Aaron Blair||South Bend/Visalia/Mobile||Jake Lamb||Mobile/Reno|
|2015||Aaron Blair||Mobile/Reno||Sócrates Brito||Mobile|
|2016||Anthony Banda||Mobile/Reno||Mitch Haniger||Mobile/Reno|
|2017||Jon Duplantier||Kane County/Vasalia||Kevin Cron||Jackson|