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Astros Minor League Awards: 2015 Double A Most Valuable Player: Jon Kemmer

Following the Minors can be both a rapturous and frustrating ride through the peaks and valleys of euphoria and depression. You can believe so much in a guy only to watch him flame out once he hits The Show, if he even makes it that far.

But other times, you can ignore a guy, assuming a future that is no future for him, and he suddenly jumps up out of nowhere, grabs hold of you, and demands your attention.

This year we saw Carlos Correa, the Astros prospect, light the Texas League afire for 29 games, batting an astounding .385/.459/.726 with seven homers, while stealing 15 bases without once being caught. We also saw A.J. Reed, promoted to Double-A in just his first full professional season, help lead the club down the stretch, posting a .976 OPS and flashing 30-homer power, in 53 games for the club. Neither of these men are the Hooks' MVP for 2015, though.

No, the MVP is the man who spent the whole year there and turned in one of the most surprising seasons of any Astros' farmhand. Playing in 104 games for the team, Jon Kemmer posted a pretty stunning group of stats, hitting .327/.414/.574 and leading the club in home runs with 18. He also swatted 28 doubles and drove in 65 runs, the second and third-best marks on the team, respectively.

It was nothing short of shocking, as the soon-to-be 25-year-old, drafted in the 21st round of the 2013 draft, hadn't had a tremendous track record of success coming into the season. He managed just a 95 wRC+ after being drafted in 2013, didn't tear the cover off the ball in A-ball to begin 2014, and only showed real power after being promoted to Lancaster.

Despite then being sent to Double-A, a big jump for most players, Kemmer improved all aspects of his hitting game, drawing more walks, hitting for average, and posting a .247 ISO. That last number will be key to his future development and role, as he won't provide enough positional value to get away with having little power.

Honorable mentions include Colin Moran, who broke out with a .306/.381/.459 season, vastly improving his walk-drawing while coming in second on the club in RBI with 67, and Chris Devenski, who posted 119.2 stalwart innings as the club's de facto ace.