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Players of the Year


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


Texas League Player of the Year


1931- Dizzy Dean, Houston

1932- Hank Greenberg, Beaumont

1933- Zeke Bonura, Dallas

1934- Charlie English, Galveston

1935- Rudy York, Beaumont

1936- Les Mallon, Dallas

1937- Ash Hillin, Oklahoma City

1938- Dizzy Trout, Beaumont

1939- Nick Cullop, Houston

1940- Bob Muncrief, San Antonio

1941- Rip Russell, Tulsa

1942- Dick Wakefield, Beaumont

1946- Hank Schenz, Tulsa

1947- Al Rosen, Oklahoma City

1948- Irv Noren, Ft. Worth

1949- Herb Conyers, Oklahoma City

1950- Gil McDougald, Beaumont

1951- Jim Dyck, San Antonio

1952- Billy Hunter, Ft. Worth

1953- Joe Frazier, Oklahoma City

1954- Frank Kellert, San Antonio

1955- Ray Murray, Dallas

1956- Ken Guettler, Shreveport

1957- Jim Frey, Tulsa

1958- Mike Lutz, Corpus Christi

1959- Carl Warwick, Victoria

1960- Chuck Hiller, Rio Grande Valley

1961- Phil Linz, Amarillo

1962- Cap Peterson, El Paso

1963- Jim Beauchamp, Tulsa

1964- Joe Morgan, San Antonio

1965- Leo Posada, Amarillo

1966- Tommy Hutton, Albuquerque

1967- Nate Colbert, Amarillo

1968(1)- Jim Spencer, El Paso

1968(2)- Bill Sudakis, Albuquerque

1969(1)- Larry Johnson, Dallas/Ft. Worth

1969(2)- Bobby Grich, Dallas/Ft. Worth

1970- Mickey Rivers, El Paso

1971- Enos Cabell, Dallas/Ft. Worth

1972- Randy Elliott, Alexandria

1973- Hector Cruz, Arkansas

1974- John Balaz, El Paso

1975- Gary Alexander, Lafayette

1976- Willie Aikens, El Paso

1977- Karl Pagel, Midland

1978- Bobby Clark, El Paso

1979- Mark Brouhard, El Paso

1980- Tim Leary, Jackson

1981- Steve Sax, San Antonio

1982- Darryl Strawberry, Jackson

1983- Mark Gillaspie, Beaumont

1984- James Steels, Beaumont

1985- Billy Jo Robidoux, El Paso

1986- Steve Stanicek, El Paso

1987- Gregg Jefferies, Jackson

1988- Jeff Manto, Midland

1989- Ray Lankford, Arkansas

1990- Henry Rodriguez, San Antonio

1991- John Jaha, El Paso

1992- Troy O'Leary, El Paso

1993- Roberto Petagine, Jackson

1994- Tim Unroe, El Paso

1995- Johnny Damon, Wichita

1996- Bubba Smith, Tulsa

1997- Mike Kinkade, El Paso

1998- Tyrone Horne, Arkansas

1999- Adam Piatt, Midland

2000- Keith Ginter, Round Rock

2001- Jason Lane, Round Rock

2002- Chad Tracy, El Paso

2003- Justin Leone, San Antonio

2004- Ryan Shealy, Tulsa

2005- Andre Ethier, Midland

2006- Alex Gordon, Wichita

2007- Chase Headley, San Antonio

2008- Kila Ka'aihue, Northwest Arkansas

2009- Chris Carter, Midland

2010- Mike Moustakas, Northwest Arkansas

2011- Matt Adams, Springfield

2012- Oscar Taveras, Springfield

2013- George Springer, Corpus Christi

2014- Alex Yarbrough, Arkansas

2015- Chad Pinder, Midland

2016- Matt Chapman, Midland


Texas League Pitcher of the Year


1933- George Darrow, Galveston

1934- Ash Hillin, San Antonio

1935-42- No Award Given

1946- Prince Oana, Dallas

1947- Clarence Beers, Houston

1948- Harry Perkowski, Tulsa

1949- Joe Landrum, Fort Worth

1950- Wayne McLeland, Dallas

1951- Bob Turley, San Antonio

1952- Hal Erickson, Dallas

1953- Don Fracchia, Beaumont

1954- John Andre, Shreveport

1955- Red Murff, Dallas

1956- Bert Thiel, Dallas

1957- Tommy Bowers, Dallas

1958- Joe Kotrany, Dallas

1959- Carroll Beringer, Victoria

1960- Jack Curtis, San Antonio

1961- Larry Maxie, Austin

1962- Gordie Richardson, Tulsa

1963- Camilo Estevis, Albuquerque

1964- Chris Zachary, San Antonio

1965- Ken Nixon, Austin

1966- Fred Norman, Dallas/Ft Worth

1967- John Duffie, Albuquerque

1968- Santiago Guzman, Arkansas

1969- Bill Frost, Amarillo

1970- Jim Flynn, Albuquerque

1971- Wayne Garland, Dallas/Ft Worth

1972- Dave Freisleben, Alexandria

1973- Frank Tanana, El Paso

1974- Randy Wiles, Arkansas (Left)

1974- Dennis Eckersley, San Antonio

1975-80- No Award Given

1981- Alan Fowlkes, Shreveport

1982- Jeff Bittiger, Jackson

1983- Sid Fernandez, San Antonio

1984- Calvin Schiraldi, Jackson

1985- Juan Nieves, El Paso

1986- George Ferran, Shreveport

1987- Dennis Cook, Shreveport

1988- Blaine Beatty, Jackson

1989- Andy Benes, Wichita

1990- Anthony Young, Jackson

1991- Paul McClellan, Shreveport

1992- Dan Smith, Tulsa

1993- Ben Van Ryn, San Antonio

1994- Sid Roberson, El Paso

1995- Steve Bourgeois, Shreveport

1996- Keith Foulke, Shreveport

1997- Steve Woodard, El Paso

1998- Jose Jimenez, Arkansas

1999- Eric Gagne, San Antonio

2000- Bud Smith, Arkansas

2001- Tim Redding, Round Rock

2002- Kirk Saarloos, Round Rock

2003- Travis Blackley, San Antonio

2004- Jeff Francis, Tulsa

2005- Jason Hirsh, Corpus Christi

2006- Matt Albers, Corpus Christi

2007- Josh Geer, San Antonio

2008- Vince Mazzaro, Midland

2009- Samuel Deduno, Tulsa

2010- Blake Beavan, Frisco

2011- Matt Shoemaker, Arkansas

2012- Barret Loux, Frisco, Arkansas

2013- David Martinez, Corpus Christi

2014- Tyler Anderson, Tulsa

2015- Nate Smith, Arkansas

2016- Chase DeJong, Tulsa



Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Coach of the Year


2007--Scott Coolbaugh, Frisco
2008--Larry Carter, Northwest Arkansas
2009--Ken Patterson, Arkansass
2010--Webster Garrison, Midland
2011--John Moses, Corpus Christi
2012--Terry Bradshaw, Northwest Arkansas
2013--Gary Ruby, Corpus Christi
2014--Jeff Andrews, Frisco
2015--Jimmy Jones, San Antonio
2016--Jason Hart, Frisco