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Texas League Awards

Players and Pitchers of the Year | Managers of the Year
Mike Coolbaugh Coaches of the Year | Bill Valentine Executives of the Year

Texas League Players and Pitchers of the Year
YEAR PLAYER TEAM PITCHER TEAM
1931 Dizzy Dean Houston Buffaloes    
1932 Hank Greenberg Beaumont Exporters    
1933 Zeke Bonura Dallas Steers George Darrow Galveston Buccaneers
1934 Charlie English Galveston Buccaneers Ash Hillin San Antonio Missions
1935 Rudy York Beaumont Exporters    
1936 Les Mallon Dallas Steers    
1937 Ash Hillin Oklahoma City Indians    
1938 Dizzy Trout Beaumont Exporters    
1939 Nick Cullop Houston Buffaloes    
1940 Bob Muncrief San Antonio Missions    
1941 Rip Russell Tulsa Oilers    
1942 Dick Wakefield Beaumont Exporters    
1946 Hank Schenz Tulsa Oilers Prince Oana Dallas Rebels
1947 Al Rosen Oklahoma City Indians Clarence Beers Houston Buffaloes
1948 Irv Noren Fort Worth Cats Harry Perkowski Tulsa Oilers
1949 Herb Conyers Oklahoma City Indians Joe Landrum Fort Worth Cats
1950 Gil McDougald Beaumont Roughnecks Wayne McLeland Dallas Eagles
1951 Jim Dyck San Antonio Missions Bob Turley San Antonio Missions
1952 Billy Hunter Fort Worth Cats Hal Erickson Dallas Eagles
1953 Joe Frazier Oklahoma City Indians Don Fracchia Beaumont Exporters
1954 Frank Kellert San Antonio Missions John Andre Shreveport Sports
1955 Ray Murray Dallas Eagles Red Murff Dallas Eagles
1956 Ken Guettler Shreveport Sports Bert Thiel Dallas Eagles
1957 Jim Frey Tulsa Oilers Tommy Bowers Dallas Eagles
1958 Mike Lutz Corpus Christi Giants Joe Kotrany Dallas Rangers
1959 Carl Warwick Victoria Rosebuds Carroll Beringer Victoria Rosebuds
1960 Chuck Hiller Rio Grande Valley Giants Jack Curtis San Antonio Missions
1961 Phil Linz Amarillo Gold Sox Larry Maxie Austin Senators
1962 Cap Peterson El Paso Sun Kings Gordie Richardson Tulsa Oilers
1963 Jim Beauchamp Tulsa Oilers Camilo Estevis Albuquerque Dukes
1964 Joe Morgan San Antonio Bullets Chris Zachary San Antonio Bullets
1965 Leo Posada Amarillo Sonics Ken Nixon Austin Braves
1966 Tommy Hutton Albuquerque Dodgers Fred Norman Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs
1967 Nate Colbert Amarillo Sonics John Duffie Albuquerque Dodgers
1968 Jim Spencer El Paso Sun Kings Santiago Guzman Arkansas Travelers
  Bill Sudakis Albuquerque Dodgers    
1969 Bobby Grich Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Bill Frost Amarillo Giants
  Larry Johnson Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs    
1970 Mickey Rivers El Paso Sun Kings Jim Flynn Albuquerque Dodgers
1971 Enos Cabell Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Wayne Garland Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs
1972 Randy Elliott Alexandria Aces Dave Freisleben Alexandria Aces
1973 Hector Cruz Arkansas Travelers Frank Tanana El Paso Sun Kings
1974 John Balaz El Paso Diablos Dennis Eckersley San Antonio Brewers
      Randy Wiles Arkansas Travelers
1975 Gary Alexander Lafayette Drillers    
1976 Willie Aikens El Paso Diablos    
1977 Karl Pagel Midland Cubs    
1978 Bobby Clark El Paso Diablos    
1979 Mark Brouhard El Paso Diablos    
1980 Tim Leary Jackson Mets    
1981 Steve Sax San Antonio Dodgers Alan Fowlkes Shreveport Captains
1982 Darryl Strawberry Jackson Mets Jeff Bittiger Jackson Mets
1983 Mark Gillaspie Beaumont Golden Gators Sid Fernandez San Antonio Dodgers
1984 James Steels Beaumont Golden Gators Calvin Schiraldi Jackson Mets
1985 Billy Jo Robidoux El Paso Diablos Juan Nieves El Paso Diablos
1986 Steve Stanicek El Paso Diablos George Ferran Shreveport Captains
1987 Gregg Jefferies Jackson Mets Dennis Cook Shreveport Captains
1988 Jeff Manto Midland Angels Blaine Beatty Jackson Mets
1989 Ray Lankford Arkansas Travelers Andy Benes Wichita Wranglers
1990 Henry Rodriguez San Antonio Missions Anthony Young Jackson Mets
1991 John Jaha El Paso Diablos Paul McClellan Shreveport Captains
1992 Troy O'Leary El Paso Diablos Dan Smith Tulsa Drillers
1993 Roberto Petagine Jackson Generals Ben Van Ryn San Antonio Missions
1994 Tim Unroe El Paso Diablos Sid Roberson El Paso Diablos
1995 Johnny Damon Wichita Wranglers Steve Bourgeois Shreveport Captains
1996 Bubba Smith Tulsa Drillers Keith Foulke Shreveport Captains
1997 Mike Kinkade El Paso Diablos Steve Woodard El Paso Diablos
1998 Tyrone Horne Arkansas Travelers Jose Jimenez Arkansas Travelers
1999 Adam Piatt Midland RockHounds Eric Gagne San Antonio Missions
2000 Keith Ginter Round Rock Express Bud Smith Arkansas Travelers
2001 Jason Lane Round Rock Express Tim Redding Round Rock Express
2002 Chad Tracy El Paso Diablos Kirk Saarloos Round Rock Express
2003 Justin Leone San Antonio Missions Travis Blackley San Antonio Missions
2004 Ryan Shealy Tulsa Drillers Jeff Francis Tulsa Drillers
2005 Andre Ethier Midland RockHounds Jason Hirsh Corpus Christi Hooks
2006 Alex Gordon Wichita Wranglers Matt Albers Corpus Christi Hooks
2007 Chase Headley San Antonio Missions Josh Geer San Antonio Missions
2008 Kila Ka'aihue NW Arkansas Naturals Vin Mazzaro Midland RockHounds
2009 Chris Carter Midland RockHounds Samuel Deduno Tulsa Drillers
2010 Mike Moustakas NW Arkansas Naturals Blake Beavan Frisco RoughRiders
2011 Matt Adams Springfield Cardinals Matt Shoemaker Arkansas Travelers
2012 Oscar Taveras Springfield Cardinals Barret Loux Frisco/Arkansas
2013 George Springer Corpus Christi Hooks David Martinez Corpus Christi Hooks
2014 Alex Yarbrough Arkansas Travelers Tyler Anderson Tulsa Drillers
2015 Chad Pinder Midland RockHounds Nate Smith Arkansas Travelers
2016 Matt Chapman Midland RockHounds Chase DeJong Tulsa Drillers
2017 Matt Beaty Tulsa Drillers Dakota Hudson Springfield Cardinals
2018 Joey Curletta Arkansas Travelers Logan Allen San Antonio Missions

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Texas League Managers of the Year
YEAR MANAGER TEAM
1955 Red Davis Dallas Eagles
1956 Red Davis Dallas Eagles
1957 Salty Parker Dallas Eagles
1958 Harry Walker Houston Buffaloes
1959 Pete Reiser Victoria Rosebuds
1960 Ray Murray Rio Grande Valley Giants
1961 no award given  
1962 no award given  
1963 no award given  
1964 Grover Resinger Tulsa Oilers
1965 Whitey Lockman Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs
1966 Vern Rapp Arkansas Travelers
1967 Buddy Hancken Amarillo Sonics
1968 Chuck Tanner El Paso Sun Kings
1969 Joe Altobelli Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs
  Roy McMillan Memphis Blues
1970 Del Crandall Albuquerque Dodgers
  Del Rice El Paso Sun Kings
1971 Andy Gilbert Amarillo Giants
1972 Duke Snider Alexandria Aces
1973 Tony Pacheco San Antonio Brewers
1974 Dave Garcia El Paso Diablos
1975 Denny Sommers Lafayette Drillers
1976 Bob Miller Amarillo Gold Sox
1977 Buck Rodgers El Paso Diablos
1978 Jim Saul Midland Cubs
1979 Andy Gilbert Shreveport
1980 Bob Wellman Jackson Mets
1981 Eddie Watt Amarillo Gold Sox
1982 Tom Burgess Tulsa Drillers
1983 Nick Leyva Arkansas Travelers
1984 Sam Perlozzo Jackson Mets
1985 Terry Bevington El Paso Diablos
1986 Wendell Kim Shreveport Captains
1987 Duffy Dyer El Paso Diablos
1988 Jim Skaalen Tulsa Drillers
1989 Gaylen Pitts Arkansas Travelers
1990 Clint Hurdle Jackson Mets
1991 Don Long Midland Angels
1992 Bobby Jones Tulsa Drillers
1993 Sal Butera Jackson Generals
1994 Tim Ireland El Paso Diablos
1995 Ron Johnson Wichita Wranglers
1996 Dave Machemer El Paso Diablos
1997 Ron Roenicke San Antonio Missions
1998 Chris Maloney Arkansas Travelers
1999 John Mizerock Wichita Wranglers
2000 Jackie Moore Round Rock Express
2001 Jackie Moore Round Rock Express
2002 Tim Ireland Tulsa Drillers
2003 Dave Brundage San Antonio Missions
2004 Jackie Moore Round Rock Express
2005 Von Hayes Midland RockHounds
2006 Dave Clark Corpus Christi Hooks
2007 Dave Anderson Frisco RoughRiders
2008 Scott Little Frisco RoughRiders
2009 Darren Bush Midland RockHounds
2010 Brian Poldberg NW Arkansas Naturals
2011 Doug Dascenzo San Antonio Missions
2012 Keith Bodie Corpus Christi Hooks
2013 Rich Dauer San Antonio Missions
2014 Jason Wood Frisco RoughRiders
2015 Rodney Linares Corpus Christi Hooks
2016 Ryan Christenson Midland RockHounds
2017 Phillip Wellman San Antonio Missions
2018 Omar Lopez Corpus Christi Hooks

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Mike Coolbaugh Coaches of the Year
YEAR COACH TEAM
2007 Scott Coolbaugh Frisco RoughRiders
2008 Larry Carter NW Arkansas Naturals
2009 Ken Patterson Arkansas Travelers
2010 Webster Garrison Midland RockHounds
2011 John Moses Corpus Christi Hooks
2012 Terry Bradshaw NW Arkansas Naturals
2013 Gary Ruby Corpus Christi Hooks
2014 Jeff Andrews Frisco RoughRiders
2015 Jimmy Jones San Antonio Missions
2016 Jason Hart Frisco RoughRiders
2017 Jason Simontacchi Springfield Cardinals
2018 Troy Snitker Corpus Christi Hooks

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Bill Valentine Executives of the Year
YEAR EXECUTIVE TEAM
1965 L.D. Lewis Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs
1966 L.D. Lewis Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs
1967 no award given  
1968 no award given  
1969 Charlie Blaney Albuquerque Dodgers
1970 Carl Sawatski Arkansas Travelers
1971 no award given  
1972 John Begtzos San Antonio Brewers
1973 no award given  
1974 Jim Paul El Paso Diablos
1975 Jim Paul El Paso Diablos
1976 Jim Paul El Paso Diablos
  Bill Valentine Arkansas Travelers
1977 Bill Valentine Arkansas Travelers
1978 Bill Valentine Arkansas Travelers
1979 Bill Rigney Jr. Midland Cubs
1980 Mike Feder Jackson Mets
1981 Mike Feder Jackson Mets
1982 Jim Paul El Paso Diablos
1983 Bill Schammel Midland Cubs
1984 Bill Pagani San Antonio Dodgers
1985 Lou Valentic Beaumont Golden Gators
1986 Bill Davidson Midland Angels
1987 Joe Preseren Tulsa Drillers
1988 Bill Valentine Arkansas Travelers
1989 Burl Yarbrough San Antonio Missions
1990 Steve Shaad Wichita Wranglers
1991 Monty Hoppel Midland Angels
1992 Bill Blackwell Jackson Generals
1993 Joe Preseren Tulsa Drillers
1994 Burl Yarbrough San Antonio Missions
1995 Monty Hoppel Midland Angels
1996 Chuck Lamson Tulsa Drillers
1997 Jim Paul El Paso Diablos
1998 Chuck Lamson Tulsa Drillers
1999 Bill Valentine Arkansas Travelers
2000 Jay Miller Round Rock Express
2001 Hap Seliga Arkansas Travelers
2002 Monty Hoppel Midland RockHounds
2003 Jay Miller Round Rock Express
2004 Derrick Grubbs Round Rock Express
2005 Ken Schrom Corpus Christi Hooks
2006 Pete Laven Arkansas Travelers
2007 Bill Valentine Arkansas Travelers
  Michael Wood Corpus Christi Hooks
2008 Eric Edelstein NW Arkansas Naturals
  Matt Gifford Springfield Cardinals
2009 Monty Hoppel Midland RockHounds
2010 Chuck Lamson Tulsa Drillers
2011 Burl Yarbrough San Antonio Missions
2012 Mike Melega Tulsa Drillers
2013 Monty Hoppel Midland RockHounds
2014 Scott Sonju Frisco RoughRiders
2015 David S.L. Gasaway San Antonio Missions
2016 Matt Gifford Springfield Cardinals
2017 Scott Burchett Frisco RoughRiders
2018 Burl Yarbrough San Antonio Missions

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20th Century Minor League Players of the Year

(Compiled by Baseball America)



Texas League members who were recognized in the list:

1924--Clarence "Big Boy" Kraft, 1b, Fort Worth
Kraft, 36, topped off a 15-year career by hitting .349 with 55 homers and a TL record 196 RBI's.

1931--Dizzy Dean, RHP, Houston at the height of the greatest offensive era in baseball history, Dean, 20, led the TL in wins (26) and strikeouts (303), and was second in the league in ERA (1.57).

1941--Howie Pollet, LHP, Houston Pollet, 19, went 20-3 with a league-leading 1.16 ERA and 151 strikeouts, which led to a pormotion to the Cardinals, where he finished the season with a 5-2, 1.93 record.

1959--Frank Howard, OF, Victoria/Spokane (Pacific Coast) Howard, 22, built his reputation as a basketball player at Ohio State but made his first mark in baseball by hitting .336-43-126.

1977--Ken Landreaux, OF, El Paso/Salt Lake (Pacific Coast) A year after starring at Arizona State, Landreaux, 22, hit a combined .357-27-116 in Double-A and Triple-A.

NOTE: Baseball America's Player of the Year Award began in 1981

1987--Gregg Jefferies, SS, Jackson batted .367 as a 19-year-old, with 20 home runs, 101 runs batted in, 48 doubles, 26 stolen bases and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.021.

1999--Rick Ankiel, LHP, Arkansas/Memphis (Pacific Coast) went a combined 13-3 with a 2.36 ERA and 194 strikeouts over 137 innings of work.

2004--Jeff Francis, LHP, Tulsa went 13-1 in 17 starts with the Drillers, compiling a 1.98 ERA in 113 2/3 innings, allowing just 73 hits, 22 walks and striking out 147 batters.

2006--Alex Gordon, 3B, Wichita clubbed 69 extra-base hits in his first minor league season, part of a 2006 campaign in which he batted .325, drove in 101 runs, scored 111 times and stole 22 bases.

2011--Mike Trout, OF, Arkansas hit .326 (115-for-353) in 91 games for the Travelers, driving in 38 runs with 11 home runs, 13 triples, 18 doubles and 33 stolen bases. He drew 45 walks and struck out 76 times, posting a .958 OPS and .544 SLG. He struggled in 40 games for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, batting .220 (27-for-123) with five home runs and 16 RBIs. He added 25 games for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, but didn't return to his regular-season MVP level, hitting .245 (26-for-106) with a home run and five RBIs.

2012--Wil Myers, OF, became the third Royals prospect to win the prestigious award since its inception in 1981, joining Tom Gordon in 1988 and Alex Gordon in 2006. Myers, 21, began the season in Northwest Arkansas of the Double-A Texas League and batted .343 with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs in 35 games before a promotion to Triple-A Omaha (PCL) in mid-May. While with the Storm Chasers, Myers hit .304 (118-for-388) with 15 doubles, five triples, 24 home runs and 79 RBIs in 99 regular season games. Overall, his 37 home runs were the second-most in Minor League Baseball, one shy of 26-year-old Darin Ruf who hit 38 for Reading (Double-A Eastern League), while his 109 RBIs ranked fourth overall. The Royals' third-round selection out of high school in the June 2009 First-Year Player Draft collected two hits and drove in three runs for the U.S. squad at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8, then three days later was selected the "Star of Stars" for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game after recording two hits, including a double, with an RBI and a run scored. He was named to the 12-member postseason all Pacific Coast League All-Star squad and he was one of five finalists for USA Today Minor League Player of the Year honors.

 

Sporting News Minor League Players of the Year


1939--Lou Novikoff, Tulsa
1950--Frank Saucier, San Antonio
1955--Red Murff, Dallas
1959--Frank Howard, Victoria
1977--Ken Landreaux, El Paso
1991--Pedro Martinez, San Antonio/Bakersfield (California League)/Calgary (Pacific Coast League)
1999--Rick Ankiel, Arkansas
2003--Zack Greinke, Wichita/Wilmington (Carolina League)
2004--Dallas McPherson, Arkansas