Mayo: A decade-high 10 prospects joined 20-20 club this year in minors

From Jonathan Mayo at on September 12, 2017:

The power-speed combination has been one long sought after by front offices, with the ability for one player to impact the game in more than one way obviously a hot commodity.

One quick way to measure this multi-facetedness is the home run-stolen base combination, where crossing the 20-20 plateau is certainly seen as badge of honor. Only a select number of players achieve it annually. For example, only nine players in the big leagues crossed that threshold in 2016. To date, three have reached it in 2017 — Jose Altuve, Elvis Andrus and Mike Trout — with the potential of several others to join the club before the year is over.

It’s tougher to get to 20 homers and 20 steals in a Minor League season given the schedule is just 140 games compared to 162 in Major League Baseball. A 20-20 season down on the farm is the equivalent of a 23-23 campaign during the longer big league season.

So it’s even more impressive that 10 players finished the 2017 season 20-20 or better. It’s the first time there have been double-digit 20-20 performers in the Minors since there were 11 back in 2007.

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Originally published: September 12, 2017. Last Updated: September 12, 2017.