Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award

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Listed below in chronological order are the Minor League Baseball players chosen by Baseball America as recipients of the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award. Since 1981 the award is given to a single minor league player and is judged by Baseball America panel experts as having had the most outstanding season.


dagger Major League Baseball All-Star
double-dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Year Name Position Highest level MLB organization
1981 Marshall, MikeMike Marshall First baseman AAA Los Angeles Dodgers
1982 Kittle, RonRon Kittle Outfielder AAA Chicago White Sox
1983 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden Pitcher A New York Mets
1984 Bielecki, MikeMike Bielecki Pitcher AAA Pittsburgh Pirates
1985 Canseco, JoséJosé Canseco Outfielder AAA Oakland Athletics
1986 Jefferies, GreggGregg Jefferies (1) Shortstop AA New York Mets
1987 Jefferies, GreggGregg Jefferies (2) Shortstop AAA New York Mets
1988 Gordon, TomTom Gordon Pitcher AAA Kansas City Royals
1989 Alomar, Jr., SandySandy Alomar, Jr. Catcher AAA San Diego Padres
1990 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomasdouble-dagger First baseman AA Chicago White Sox
1991 Bell, DerekDerek Bell Outfielder AAA Toronto Blue Jays
1992 Salmon, TimTim Salmon Outfielder AAA California Angels
1993 Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez Outfielder AAA Cleveland Indians
1994 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter Shortstop AAA New York Yankees
1995 Jones, AndruwAndruw Jones (1) Outfielder A Atlanta Braves
1996 Jones, AndruwAndruw Jones (2) Outfielder AAA Atlanta Braves
1997 Konerko, PaulPaul Konerko First baseman AAA Los Angeles Dodgers
1998 Chavez, EricEric Chavez Third baseman AAA Oakland Athletics
1999 Ankiel, RickRick Ankiel Pitcher AAA St. Louis Cardinals
2000 Rauch, JonJon Rauch Pitcher AA Chicago White Sox
2001 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett Pitcher AA Florida Marlins
2002 Baldelli, RoccoRocco Baldelli Outfielder AAA Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2003 Mauer, JoeJoe Mauer Catcher AA Minnesota Twins
2004 Francis, JeffJeff Francis Pitcher AAA Colorado Rockies
2005 Young, DelmonDelmon Young Outfielder AAA Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2006 Gordon, AlexAlex Gordon Third baseman AA Kansas City Royals
2007 Bruce, JayJay Bruce Outfielder AAA Cincinnati Reds
2008 Wieters, MattMatt Wieters Catcher AA Baltimore Orioles
2009 Heyward, JasonJason Heyward Outfielder AAA Atlanta Braves
2010 Hellickson, JeremyJeremy Hellickson Pitcher AAA Tampa Bay Rays
2011 Trout, MikeMike Trout Outfielder AA Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2012 Myers, WilWil Myers Outfielder AAA Kansas City Royals
2013 Buxton, ByronByron Buxton Outfielder A Minnesota Twins
2014 Bryant, KrisKris Bryant Third basemen AAA Chicago Cubs
2015 Snell, BlakeBlake Snell Pitcher AAA Tampa Bay Rays
2016 Moncada, YoanYoan Moncada Second baseman AA Boston Red Sox
2017 Acuna, RonaldRonald Acuna Outfielder AAA Atlanta Braves

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  1. ^ In October 2009, Buster Posey received the 50th annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year. Wild, Danny (October 28, 2009). "Giants' Posey wins '09 Spink Award: Catcher skipped Double-A, dominated at San Jose, Fresno". Minor League Baseball ( Retrieved June 9, 2010.  See also Baseball awards #U.S. minor leagues and MLB 2009 Awards ( Awards). MLB Advanced Media, L.P. ( Retrieved 2010-06-09.
  2. ^ The MiLB J.G. Taylor Spink Award should not be confused with the identically named J. G. Taylor Spink Award that is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) to its members.