Rookie of the Year (Offense) – Ramon Laureano
This award goes to the hitter who made their Double-A debut this year with the Hooks. The 2016 winner: Laureano.
Laureano was assigned to the Hooks from the Lancaster Jethawks on July 21st and appeared in 36 contests in 2016 with an impressive .323/.432/.548 slash line. A 16th round pick of the Astros in 2014, Laureano has come alive this season after steadily improving as he moved up the ladder from rookie ball (.189 average, .529 OPS), to A-ball (.265 average, .737 OPS), to a combined .319/.428/.528 (.955 OPS) slash line between Lancaster and Corpus Christi this year.
Laureano rotated around the outfield with the Hooks this year and seemed primed for a mid-season jump to Fresno next year, perhaps following in the path of Hernandez who followed a mid-season promotion with a lengthy stint with the big league club. The Astros are in need of outfielders that can hit for average and Laureano might just fit the bill.