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Fan voting for the 2014 MiLBYs has concluded.

View the fan and staff selections for all 13 categories, including voting percentages for each nominee and features on the winners.
  • Top Home Run

    The most exciting long ball of 2014
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    Top Home Run of the Year

    2013Kevin Keyes hits light tower
    2012Billy Hamilton hits inside-the-park homer
    2011Christian Yelich bashes postseason walk-off homer
  • Robert Refsnyder placed himself firmly on the Yankees' radar with a season full of big plays, including a walk-off blast that sent a festive Fourth of July crowd home even happier and made the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman a runaway MiLBY winner.   Full story »
  • 72% Winner

    With an .884 OPS across the top two levels of the Yankees system, Robert Refsnyder enjoyed a breakout season in 2014. Perhaps his most exciting highlight came on the Fourth of July when he provided the fireworks with a three-run walk-off shot for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  • 6%

    It was a notable homer, sure. After going 41 games without a long ball, Conrad Gregor, a 2013 fourth-rounder by the Astros, clubbed his first Midwest League home run for Class A Quad Cities. Most improbable: the ball fell into the hands of Gregor's father, Marty, beyond the right-field fence.

  • 4%

    Unlike Pederson and Gallo, top Indians prospect Francisco Lindor hasn't quite developed a big-time power stroke. Don't tell that to Double-A Altoona, though. The Curve watched the 20-year-old shortstop uncork a grand slam that put his Akron squad up, 9-7, in the eighth inning.

  • 4%

    It's 399 feet to dead center at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem's BB&T Ballpark. Joey Gallo, the Rangers prospect who finished second in the Minors with 42 homers, hit the scoreboard above that fence. The announcer estimated the shot went 450 feet. You be the judge.

  • 4%

    Now for a little history lesson. With this homer to left on May 20, Triple-A Toledo's Mike Hessman became the eighth member of the Minor League 400-home run club. He ended the year with 417 career roundtrippers, good for seventh all-time in the Minors.

  • 4%

    Call it target practice. Tigers No. 15 prospect Tyler Collins set his sights on the Fricker's building that looks onto Triple-A Toledo's Fifth Third Ballpark, and the left-handed slugger certainly delivered, plastering a mammoth shot onto the establishment's roof.

  • 3%

    Joc Pederson grabbed quite a few headlines for hitting 33 homers and stealing 30 bases this season at Triple-A Albuquerque. This shot, smacked way over the fence and onto the berm at Isotopes Park back in May, was definitely one of his most memorable.

  • 1%

    Between May 21 and his first at-bat on May 22, there was no beating Jon Griffin. There wasn't even hope of containing him. The Double-A Mobile first baseman went deep in five straight at-bats during two contests at Tennessee, and each one was caught on camera, in case you needed to see the streak to believe it.

  • 1%

    This isn't so much about the dinger as it is about the celebration that followed. Astros No. 3 prospect Domingo Santana lifted a three-run walk-off homer in late June and was greeted by three cold Gatorade baths at home plate from his Triple-A Oklahoma City teammates.

  • 1%

    The CBS Sports Network picked a good game to broadcast nationally when Triple-A Las Vegas visited Sacramento on June 26. The teams were notched at 5-5 in the 11th when Andy Parrino entertained the Raley Field crowd -- and the TV audience -- with a two-run walk-off blast.

  • Top Play

    The single best highlight of the season
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    Top Play of the Year

    2013Toledo ends game with triple play
    2012Mike Trout scores from first on a single
    2011Nick Ciolli's over-the-fence catch
  • When Drillers outfielder Jared Simon reached into the Naturals' bullpen and stole a home run, he not only showed impressive concentration to make a remarkable catch, he also snagged a MiLBY.   Full story »
  • 39% Winner
    Simon reaches into 'pen for catch

    Tulsa right fielder Jared Simon tracked Lane Adams' fly ball all the way to the right-field wall. With the fence in his way, Simon reached into the Northwest Arkansas bullpen and plucked the ball from the air, robbing Adams of a home run in the third inning.

  • 29%
    Douglas, Perez team up to retire Sanchez

    After Charlotte's Carlos Sanchez ripped a hard grounder up the middle, Toledo second baseman Brandon Douglas tracked it down with a diving stop. Lacking time to stand and throw, Douglas flipped to shortstop Hernan Perez, who fired to first to retire Sanchez.

  • 10%
    Peterson takes to air to rob Baxter

    Albuquerque's Mike Baxter was likely thinking extra bases when he drove a ball into the right-center gap, but Sacramento's Shane Peterson had other ideas. The center fielder, shading toward left on the play, ranged and Supermanned for a diving catch.

  • 6%
    Linton lays out for outfield grab

    Ollie Linton showed off his athleticism and bravery in chasing down Jason Krizan's scorched fly ball in deep center field. The Akron center fielder tracked the ball to just in front of the warning track and dove back to put ball in glove and retire Krizan.

  • 5%
    Brentz, Swihart save PawSox's season

    With an International League title on the line, Durham nearly walked off with an extra-inning win, but Pawtucket's Bryce Brentz delivered a perfect strike to catcher Blake Swihart to quash the rally. The Red Sox went on to win the game and the Governors' Cup.

  • 4%
    Portland ends game on 7-6-2-5-4 double play

    Trailing by a run with a man on, New Britain's Reynaldo Rodriguez ripped a line drive down the left field line that might've scored A.J. Pettersen, but Pettersen slipped coming around third. Portland nabbed Pettersen retreating to third, then got Rodriguez at second to end the game.

  • 2%
    Wolters dives, shovels for force out

    With Pirates prospect Willy Garcia charging down the line, Akron second baseman Tony Wolters sprawled to glove a swinging bunt trickling toward the right-side hole. Without time for a transfer, the Indians infielder pushed the ball to first baseman Bryan LaHair with his glove to retire Garcia.

  • 1%
    Weeks makes diving stop, slick flip

    Norfolk second baseman Jemile Weeks ranged up the middle to make a diving stop on Carlos Sanchez's ground ball. The Orioles Minor Leaguer then made a no-look, acrobatic flip over his shoulder to second base to force out Jordan Danks for the inning's first out.

  • 1%
    Davis leaps to rob Mathews of homer

    With one out in the ninth, Beloit's Ryan Mathews rocked a would-be homer out to center field, but Wisconsin center fielder Johnny Davis brought the long ball back. Davis leaped at the track and got his glove on the big fly for the second out in the ninth.

  • 1%
    Sellers slides, kicks ball into glove

    As Columbus left fielder Justin Sellers slid over the left-field foul line, he kicked the ball into the air just high enough to get a glove on it. The broadcasters didn't believe he'd made the grab, but the umpires did. That made the difference, and landed Sellers among these MiLBY candidates.

  • 1%
    Carrithers goes over rails for catch

    Sacramento third baseman Alden Carrithers didn't get much help from teammates near his own bench, but lucky for the River Cats, he didn't need it. Carrithers posted himself at the fence, reached over and landed -- ball in glove -- in handstand position on the other side.

  • 1%
    Lopez tracks down pop up in shallow center

    Wilmington's Jack Lopez didn't take the best path, but didn't need to in order to track down a pop up in a May contest on the road. Lopez initially ran too far toward center and had to double back toward right, tracking the ball and catching it behind his body.

  • Best Blooper

    The moment that made you take notice and at times laugh
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    Best Blooper of the Year

    2013Ricky Oropesa stays hot for the Giants
    2012Billy Hamilton sets all-time steals mark
    2011Justin Germano finishes off perfect game
  • Beating out an erupting sprinkler and a runaway opossum, Michael Earley's leaping grab on the warning track and less-than-graceful tumble into the bullpen grabbed the fan vote for Best Blooper.   Full story »
  • 35% Winner

    Birmingham outfielder Michael Earley makes a leaping catch on the warning track before crashing through the visitors' outfield bullpen gate during a Southern League game in August. Earley still managed to hang on and take a hit away from the visiting Chattanooga Lookouts.

  • 17%

    Fort Wayne TinCaps infielder Fernando Perez accidentally ran into a sprinkler head in foul territory during a Midwest League game at Parkview Field, causing a high-reaching geyser to erupt over players and fans in April.

  • 13%
    Stray opossum storms the field

    A stray but curious opossum took a scenic stroll around the infield at Quad Cities' Modern Woodmen Park during a July Midwest League game between the River Bandits and Clinton LumberKings. Order was restored thanks to a pair of brave grounds crew members and a trash can.

  • 11%

    Pawtucket's Corey Brown makes a great catch in center field up against the wall, knocking down a couple sections of outfield padding in the process. After throwing the ball back in, he returned to put the pieces back together with a teammate.

  • 8%
    Pelicans' Mikulik undresses during ejection

    Myrtle Beach manager Joe Mikulik, known for his animated run-ins with umpires, launches into a wild tirade after a disputed play at the plate during a Carolina League game against the Salem Red Sox. The skipper slid into home and took off his shoes and shirt before departing.

  • 6%

    Buffalo's Munenori Kawasaki, armed with an English dictionary in the dugout, talks to Bisons announcers about the "unbelievable" cold weather in Buffalo, dancing while coaching first base, walking to his nearby hotel, eating tuna, his love of sushi and what he ate last night, among other topics.

  • 6%
    Benches clear between Barons, Suns

    A pair of lengthy and violent benches-clearing brawls marred a Southern League game between Double-A Jacksonville and Birmingham in July, leading to six ejections, including an animated departure by Suns skipper Andy Barkett, who tossed his hat and some equipment at the umpires.

  • 4%

    Plenty of punches were thrown during a shocking brawl between Triple-A Reno and Albuquerque when the Isotopes' Erisbel Arruebarrena struck out and threw his helmet and a punch at Reno catcher Blake Lalli, sparking a huge fight behind home plate that also earned Aces manager Phil Nevin an emotional ejection.

  • Promo of the Year

    The Minors' most creative and best executed promotion
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    Promo of the Year of the Year

    2013Chase the Bat Dog retirement
    2012Home Run Derby aboard USS Yorktown
    2011Dallas Braden bobblehead
  • The Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas captured the fans' attention and the MiLBY for Promo of the Year with Bark at the Park jerseys that, as their GM noted, were both "terrible" and "perfect."   Full story »
  • 25% Winner
    Bark in the Park Night theme jerseys
    Minor League Baseball doesn't just go to the dogs, it becomes them

    The El Paso Chihuahuas' stated goal entering their inaugural season was to "live the brand." They did that and then some on Bark in the Park Night, as players took the field in jerseys featuring gigantic, hyper-realist, larger-than-life Chihuahua heads. More »

  • 22%
    Slugger walks for Tourette's
    A determined canine embarks upon a multi-state stroll

    From May 4 through May 8, Portland Sea Dogs mascot Slugger undertook a 114-mile pedestrian journey from Boston's Fenway Park to Portland's Hadlock Field. The goal, ably accomplished, was to raise money and awareness for Tourette's Syndrome. More »

  • 18%
    Batman and Robin Night with Burt Ward
    The original Robin highlights a rollicking tribute to a campy caped classic

    The Rochester Red Wings' tribute to the 1960s Batman TV series included an appearance from Burt "Robin" Ward, who joined forces with Batman to battle nemeses such as the Joker, Riddler and Penguin. The Batmobile was parked outside the stadium, in case a quick getaway was needed. More »

  • 10%
    Cleveland Sports History Night
    A famous cinematic good luck charm becomes an in-demand bobblehead

    The Lake County Captains took their annual tongue-in-cheek homage to Cleveland sports to a stratospheric new level, thanks to a bobblehead giveaway featuring Jobu. This wild-eyed voodoo deity was worshipped by Pedro Cerrano in Major League -- now it can be worshipped by you. More »

  • 6%
    Salute to Seinfeld Night
    This promotion was real, and it was spectacular

    The Brooklyn Cyclones' homage to Seinfeld was much ado about nothing. The team gave away Keith Hernandez Magic Loogie bobbleheads, welcomed the Soup Nazi and "the real-life Kramer" to the ballpark, and staged absurdist Seinfeld-inspired contests all evening long. Fishing for Rye, anyone? More »

  • 5%
    Merge Night
    An iconic Minor League team partners with an iconic minor label

    Durham-based Merge Records teamed up with the Durham Bulls for an evening celebrating the indie label's revered musical roster. Merge artists threw out the first pitch, sang the National Anthem and had their music used as walk-up songs. More »

  • 4%
    Ryan Westmoreland jersey retirement
    Paying tribute to a player whose career ended too soon

    Ryan Westmoreland was a star performer for the 2009 Lowell Spinners but retired three years later at the age of 22 due to a cavernous malformation in his brain. The Spinners retired Westmoreland's No. 25 in a moving pre-game ceremony, paying tribute to the player he could have been and the man he is. More »

  • 4%
    Jayson Werth Beard-a-Palooza
    Celebrating the unruly facial hair of a Beltway superstar

    Jayson Werth's beard is so huge, the Potomac Nationals needed three days to celebrate it. Beard-a-Palooza Weekend included a bobblebeard giveaway (featuring real hair), a Beard Olympics and what had to be the world's first beard-tasting competition. More »

  • 4%
    Fresh Prince Night with Alfonso Ribeiro
    This is a story all about how the Spikes got flipped, turned upside down

    On Fresh Prince Night, State College Spikes players took the field in a graffiti-strewn theme jersey referencing the style of the legendary 1990s fish-out-of-water sitcom. Joining the team in its nostalgic network comedy celebrations was Alfonso Ribeiro, who played snooty cousin Carlton on the show. More »

  • 2%
    Rock 'n' Bobblehead giveaway series
    Mini-versions of Midwest Rock 'n' Roll legends undulate to the beat

    Over the course of the 2014 season, the Akron RubberDucks gave away bobblehead versions of four local music legends: DEVO, Joe Walsh (James Gang, Eagles), Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders) and the Black Keys. Clearly, Akron is a city that knows how to rock. More »

  • Photo of the Year

    The one snapshot that exceeds all others
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    Photo of the Year of the Year

    2013Summer night in Clinton
    2012Bolt of lightning at Frontier Field
  • Ralph Thompson's photo of Shane Peterson's mid-air outfield catch was voted Photo of the Year by the fans, edging out a Salt Lake sunset and earning the Sacramento photographer a MiLBY.   Full story »
  • 36% Winner
    Shane Peterson's dive
    Ralph Thompson/Sacramento River Cats

    Sacramento River Cats outfielder Shane Peterson makes a diving catch against the Salt Lake Bees on May 11.

  • 35%
    Sunset over Salt Lake
    Brent Asay/Salt Lake Bees

    A big crowd watches the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees host El Paso while the sun goes down over Smith's Ballpark on July 4.

  • 10%
    Kevin Pataky/

    Erie catcher Craig Albernaz shares a moment with a young Tigers fan before an Eastern League game on Aug. 1.

  • 7%
    Lillibridge dive
    Jim Redman/

    Round Rock's Brent Lillibridge lays out to stop a ground ball against Oklahoma City on April 5.

  • 4%
    Broken bat and ball
    Gordon Donovan/

    Brooklyn's Anthony Chavez saw his bat get snapped in half on a swing against Batavia.

  • 3%
    Whitecaps meet a monkey
    Emily Jones/

    The West Michigan Whitecaps gathered around when Team Ghost Rider showed up on June 21 for a Midwest League game.

  • 2%
    Jeter Dive, Part II
    Ken Inness/

    Altoona Curve left fielder Drew Maggi dove over the bullpen fence to the shock of his teammates while chasing a fly ball on June 8.

  • 1%
    Ji-Man Choi and the T. rex
    Tacoma Rainiers

    Tacoma's Ji-Man Choi found himself face to face with a Tyrannosaurus rex before a Pacific Coast League game on April 10.

  • 1%
    Kevin Pataky/

    Connecticut Tigers center fielder Derek Hill lost his sunglasses -- and his chance for a catch -- during a dive on Aug. 17.

  • 1%
    Ken Weisenberger/

    Visalia's Rudy Flores gets his helmet knocked off while trying to break up a double play with Lancaster second baseman Anthony Kemp on June 8.

  • Breakout Prospect

    Which player made the most strides this season?
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    Breakout Prospect of the Year

    2013Maikel Franco
    2012Dan Straily
  • A pair of fast-rising Blue Jays picked up Breakout Prospect honors as outfielder Dalton Pompey earned the most votes among the fans, while left-hander Daniel Norris added a second 2014 MiLBY to his trophy case as the staff's selection.   Full story »
  • 42% Winner
    .317/.392/.469, 113 G, 9 HR, 51 RBI, 43 SB

    MLB Organization: Blue Jays

    Ranked 19th among Toronto's prospects at the start of the year, Pompey climbed to third in the system and No. 90 in's overall Top 100. He hit a career-high .317 across three levels and went from Class A Advanced Dunedin all the way to Toronto, where he made 17 late-season appearances.

  • 29%
    10-6, 2.27 ERA, 23 G, 123 IP, 152 K, 53 BB

    MLB Organization: Tigers

    Ziomek went from No. 19 in the Tigers system to No. 5 after a dominant first full season for Class A West Michigan. The Vanderbilt product held opponents to a .201 batting average while leading the Midwest League in ERA and ranking second with 152 strikeouts.

  • 7%
    6-5, 2.46 ERA, 24 G, 127 K, 27 BB, .220 BAA

    MLB Organization: Yankees

    Severino went from being ranked 10th overall in the Yankees system to the No. 64 prospect in baseball as he climbed three levels in his first full season. The right-hander spent half of the year with Class A Charleston before impressing in Class A Advanced Tampa and finishing in Double-A Trenton.

  • 6%
    .276/.306/.555, 133 G, 35 HR, 105 RBI, 81 R, 16 SB

    MLB Organization: Tigers

    Moya busted out with a career year for Double-A Erie, setting personal highs in virtually every offensive category en route to being named Eastern League MVP. He ranked fourth in the Minors in homers and extra-base hits (71) and fifth in RBIs, jumping to No. 7 in the Tigers system.

  • 6% Winner
    12-2, 2.53 ERA, 124 2/3 IP, 163 K, 43 BB, 1.11 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Blue Jays

    After 22 Class A starts in 2013, Norris started '14 with Class A Advanced Dunedin, moved through New Hampshire and Buffalo and made five appearances with Toronto as a September call-up. Unranked in March, he is now's No. 25 prospect after ending the year fifth in the Minors in K's.

  • 4%
    .304/.390/.526, 110 G, 23 HR, 64 RBI, 37 SB

    MLB Organization: Nationals

    Taylor climbed to 65th overall among baseball prospects after dominating the Eastern League with Harrisburg. He appeared in a dozen Triple-A games with Syracuse and finished with a career-high 23 homers across two levels, a significant jump from the 10 he slugged with Potomac in 2013.

  • 4%
    .290/.367/.428, 134 G, 9 HR, 94 R, 56 RBI, 62 BB, 50 SB

    MLB Organization: D-backs

    Velazquez went from being unranked in the D-backs system to No. 12. He set a Minor League record by reaching base in 74 straight games and posted career marks in walks, hits and runs scored. A multi-tool threat, he also recorded 42 extra-base hits and 50 stolen bases for Class A South Bend.

  • 1%
    2-1, 2.00 ERA, 43 G, 18 SV, 82 K, 18 BB, .109 BAA

    MLB Organization: Angels

    One year removed from posting a 4.57 ERA as a reliever primarily in the Midwest League, Bedrosian harnessed his command and shot through to the Majors from the Class A Advanced California League. He had a nearly five-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio and yielded just 10 earned runs in 43 appearances.

  • 1%
    .312/.373/.425, 104 G, 26 2B, 47 RBI, 57 R, 14 SB

    MLB Organization: D-backs

    After hitting just .236 with Double-A Mobile in 2013, Ahmed broke out with a .312 average for Triple-A Reno this season and rode that bat to the Majors. He struck out just 55 times in 407 Pacific Coast League at-bats and added 85 points to his 2013 on-base percentage.

  • 1%
    .339/.364/.441, 110 G, 79 R, 44 RBI, 60 SB

    MLB Organization: Braves

    Currently ranked No. 52 on's Top 100 list, middle infielder Peraza put his wheels to use in 2014. The 20-year-old, signed out of Venezuela four years ago, swiped 60 bases across two levels while hitting a career-high .339 between Class A Advanced Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi.

  • Best Team

    The most dominant club in the Minors
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    Best Team of the Year

    2013GCL Nationals
    2012Asheville Tourists
    2011San Antonio Missions
  • Minor League Baseball fans and the staff agrees that the Midwest League's Kane County Cougars are the team of the 2014 season. Undefeated in the postseason after putting up the best record among full-season teams, we explore how they did it.   Full story »
  • 28% Winner
    Kane County Cougars
    Cougars maul the competition on way to Midwest League crown

    MLB Affiliation: Cubs

    Led by the best pitching staff in the league, the Cougars paced the Minor Leagues with 91 wins, clinched both the first- and second-half Midwest League Western Division titles and swept their way to the championship, going 7-0 in three playoff rounds.

  • 26%
    Jacksonville Suns
    Red-hot Suns streak to Southern League crown

    MLB Affiliation: Marlins

    As scorching as their name down the stretch, the Suns won 16 of their final 17 games between the regular season and the playoffs. Led by playoff MVP Viosergy Rosa and his four homers and 14 RBIs, the Suns took home their sixth Southern League Championship in franchise history.

  • 14%
    Asheville Tourists
    Tourists no strangers to Sally League success

    MLB Affiliation: Rockies

    Best record in the league? Check. Prolific offense and solid pitching? Check. Roster loaded with top prospects? Check. You can also put a little mark in the championship box as the Tourists claimed the South Atlantic League title, their second in three years.

  • 13%
    Omaha Storm Chasers
    Omaha chases down second straight PCL, Triple-A titles

    MLB Affiliation: Royals

    As if being the Pacific Coast League champions in back-to-back years wasn't enough, Omaha defeated Pawtucket, 4-2, to claim its second consecutive Triple-A National Championship.

  • 5%
    Hillsboro Hops
    Hillsboro sweeps its way to Northwest crown

    MLB Affiliation: D-backs

    Facing a team in the Vancouver Canadians that is virtually a Minor League dynasty, the Hillsboro Hops swept their Northwest League Championship Series to become the first team besides Vancouver to win a title since 2010.

  • 5%
    Fort Myers Miracle
    Miracle outcome as Fort Myers wins FSL title

    MLB Affiliation: Twins

    Jason Kanzler's go-ahead home run in the 11th inning gave the Fort Myers Miracle their first Florida State League title in 22 years, capping a season in which the club put together the best record on the circuit.

  • 5%
    Portland Sea Dogs
    Sea Dogs' arms make Portland one of EL's best

    MLB Affiliation: Red Sox

    Led by two of the best pitchers in the Eastern League in Henry Owens and Brian Johnson, Portland claimed the league's top record but fell to the Binghmaton Mets in a five-game semifinals series.

  • 3%
    State College Spikes
    Inspired Spikes avenge 2013 title loss to ValleyCats

    MLB Affiliation: Cardinals

    Thanks in part to the inspiration of 10-year-old Josiah Viera, who suffers from Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria, State College reversed its 2013 fortunes by defeating Tri-City in three games to lay claim to the New York-Penn League Championship.

  • 2%
    Stockton Ports
    Powerful Ports pace California League

    MLB Affiliation: Athletics

    Thanks to the power of Matt Olson and Renato Nunez, the Stockton Ports led the California League with a .607 winning percentage before being eliminated in the first round by eventual runner-up Visalia.

  • Best Farm System

    Which MLB club's farm system had the best season?
    Best Farm System of the Year

    2013Miguel Cabrera
    2012Miguel Cabrera
  • The first-time award to honor the organization whose system made the most strides in 2014, fans overwhelmingly selected the New York Mets, while the staff tabbed the Chicago Cubs. Read more on the Cubs' rise to the apex of Minor League systems.   Full story »
  • 66% Winner
    New York Mets
    Breakout season from Nimmo, Herrera and more brighten future

    Perhaps no system saw its top prospects take bigger strides than the Mets. Dilson Herrera and Rafael Montero made it to the Majors, Kevin Plawecki shined in his first Triple-A look, Brandon Nimmo continued to post outrageous on-base numbers and Steven Matz emerged as yet another strong starting pitching prospect.

  • 11% Winner
    Chicago Cubs
    Bryant emerges, Kane County dominates in system on rise

    In the final iteration of's list for this season, six Cubbies reached the Top 100, and that excludes late-season graduates Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara. Kris Bryant emerged as a MiLBY Best Offensive Player front-runner, and Kane County is a ballot favorite for the Best Team MiLBY.

  • 5%
    Boston Red Sox
    Mookie Mania was the headline in a system that won two titles

    The biggest story from Minor League Baseball's first half was the emergence of Mookie Betts, who continued his ascent from no-name infielder to star prospect and Major Leaguer. Double-A Portland teammates Henry Owens, Blake Swihart, Brian Johnson, Deven Marrero and more had excellent seasons, too, while Triple-A Pawtucket won the International League.

  • 4%
    Texas Rangers
    The Rangers had the best winning percentage in the Minors

    Texas affiliates went 470-362, good for a .565 winning percentage that was tops among all organizations. The team successes were bolstered by some big individual seasons, too, including another big year from third baseman Joey Gallo, who obliterated Carolina League pitching and finished with 42 home runs.

  • 3%
    Washington Nationals
    Taylor, Giolito lead standout performers in improving system

    The Nats sent three squads into the postseason and featured a number of breakout performers, including Michael Taylor and Wilmer Difo. Steven Souza emerged as an MLB-ready outfield bat with big numbers at Triple-A, while right-hander Lucas Giolito was dominant despite a short leash in his first full season following Tommy John surgery.

  • 3%
    St. Louis Cardinals
    The Cards had two trophies and an outstanding Triple-A outfield

    The Cardinals and Red Sox were the only organizations to pull in multiple MiLB titles, with State College and Johnson City picking up championships. In the upper levels, Triple-A Memphis' outfield may have been the best in the Minors behind Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Thomas Pham.

  • 3%
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    No organization put more teams into postseason play

    Five D-backs affiliates qualified for the postseason, the most of any organization. A number of individuals also stood out, starting with 2013 Draft picks Braden Shipley and Aaron Blair on the mound. Beyond that duo, third basemen Jake Lamb and Brandon Drury had emergent seasons, as did shortstops Andrew Velazquez and Nick Ahmed.

  • 2%
    Houston Astros
    Lower-level players emerge after graduations thin top of system

    The first wave of Houston's next generation began jumping to the Majors in 2014, including George Springer, Jon Singleton and Jake Marisnick. While things thinned in Double-A and Triple-A, the team's Class A and Class A Advanced affiliates shined behind Carlos Correa, Rio Ruiz, Vincent Velasquez, Josh Hader, Brett Phillips and more.

  • 2%
    Detroit Tigers
    West Michigan's rotation highlights a group of overachievers

    The Tigers don't have many highly regarded prospects, but the notables within the system had strong seasons as the organization finished fifth with a .545 winning percentage. Class A West Michigan's rotation of 2013 Draft picks Jonathon Crawford, Austin Kubitza, Buck Farmer, Kevin Ziomek, Chad Green and Jonathan Maciel was outstanding.

  • 2%
    Toronto Blue Jays
    Norris, Pompey break out, among those to reach Majors

    Toronto is suddenly loaded with Major League-ready talent on both sides of the ball after many of their top prospects put together outstanding seasons in the upper Minors. Daniel Norris was one of MiLB's best pitchers, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman reached Toronto and outfielder Dalton Pompey stormed to the Majors from off the radar.

  • Game of the Year

    The most exciting game of the season
    Game of the Year of the Year

    2013Baez's four-homer game
    2012Hicks gives Twins storybook ending
    2011Germano's perfecto
  • A 16-run comeback by the LumberKings earned staff recognition as 2014 Game of the Year, while fans raised their voices for a historic no-hitter by Spokane in the Northwest League.   Full story »
  • 32% Winner
    Four Indians pitchers complete 11-inning no-no
    Scoreless after nine, Spokane quartet finishes job in extras

    Spokane got through nine innings without allowing a hit. The problem was Everett hadn't allowed a run. The Indians' bullpen continued the work sparked by starter Derek Thompson, holding the line and keeping the AquaSox hitless until the 11th when their offense broke through for the win. More »

  • 22%
    I-Cubs' Rusin notches first PCL no-no since '09
    Outfielder Szczur saves no-hitter with diving grab for game's 27th out

    The Pacific Coast League had not seen a no-hitter in nearly five full years before Iowa's Chris Rusin rose to the challenge against New Orleans. Rusin fired 72 of his 118 pitches for strikes and watched as center fielder Matt Szczur made a diving catch to secure the final out. More »

  • 19% Winner
    L-Kings storm back from 16 down, stun Bees
    Clinton pounds out 22 hits to complete improbable comeback win

    Few comebacks can compare to what the Clinton LumberKings pulled off against the Burlington Bees on May 7. Trailing their Midwest League rivals by 16 runs after five innings, the LumberKings roared back to force extra innings, then surged ahead for good in the 12th to shock the Bees, 20-17. More »

  • 13%
    Bichette ends marathon affair for Yankees
    Outfielder rips walk-off single to finish off Cardinals in 18th inning

    After his club sent the game to extra innings with a two-run eighth and staved off defeat with a run in the 12th, Tampa's Dante Bichette Jr. singled to right field to bring home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 18th and close out the five-hour, 23-minute affair. More »

  • 6%
    PawSox stay afloat in Governors' Cup Finals
    DeJesus' homer in 13th sends championship series to Game 5

    Twice pushed to the brink of a Governors' Cup Finals loss, Pawtucket rallied to keep its season alive as outfielder Bryce Brentz delivered a game-saving throw in the bottom of the 10th and Ivan DeJesus hammered a 13th-inning homer to sink Durham and set up a decisive Game 5. More »

  • 4%
    Rochester's May, Darnell spread out no-hit effort
    After almost three weeks of waiting, Red Wings finish off no-no

    Not many no-hitters take nearly three weeks to finish, but Rochester enjoyed their accomplishment despite the wait. Trevor May spun six no-hit frames on July 24, and Logan Darnell took the feat the rest of the way on Aug. 11 to finish off the historic suspended game. More »

  • 2%
    Aces outlast River Cats to take division crown
    In the last game of the PCL campaign, Ahmed's single wins it for Reno

    With the PCL Pacific North Division title chase down to the wire on the season's final day, Reno and Sacramento conjured up a thriller. In the bottom of the 10th, No. 9 D-backs prospect Nick Ahmed drove home Mike Freeman with the game-winning run to send the Aces to the playoffs. More »

  • 1%
    Fresno scores seven with two down in ninth
    Behind singles and walks, Grizzlies chip away at, overcome late 51s lead

    Facing a five-run deficit and down to their final out, the Grizzlies kept passing the baton. In a wild rally that featured six singles and three walks, Fresno came all the way back to seize a ninth-inning lead and hang on for the win, stunning Las Vegas on the season's third day. More »

  • Best Individual Performance

    The best single day by any player
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    Best Performance of the Year

    2013Baez's four-homer game
    2012Hicks gives Twins storybook ending
    2011Germano's perfecto
  • For best performance, fans went with Rays prospect Grant Kay, who hit for the cycle in his pro debut. Meanwhile,'s staff chose a D-backs slugger who hit four homers in a game and added a fifth the next day.   Full story »
  • 41% Winner
    Rays prospect homers, doubles and singles twice before tripling

    A 27th-round pick, Grant Kay reported to Hudson Valley to begin his pro career. During his debut, he homered in his first at-bat before recording a double and a pair of singles. Then, in the eighth, he legged out a triple to complete the cycle in his first game as a professional. More »

  • 31%
    D-backs prospect, who had four double-digit strikeout starts, sets career high

    Blayne Weller demonstrated a potent ability to make batters swing and miss on several occasions in 2014 -- the righty fanned 12 in a nine-inning no-hitter for South Bend -- but his stuff was perhaps most filthy in a masterful 16-strikeout performance for Visalia. More »

  • 17%
    Astros prospect's best performance of the year includes two homers, six RBIs

    The Astros' top prospect, Carlos Correa established career highs for hits and RBIs by going 5-for-6 and driving in six runs for Lancaster, extending a modest hitting streak to eight games and providing a highlight in a season hampered by injuries. More »

  • 4%
    Yankees prospect is third South Atlantic Leaguer to homer four times in game

    Following a streak of 16 games without a home run, Charleston's Mike Ford dialed long distance in the fourth inning before cranking solo shots in the sixth, seventh and eighth, joining Pat Garman and Tony Mongeluzzo as the only South Atlantic League players to hit four jacks in one game. More »

  • 4%
    Dodgers prospect issues walk in eighth but gets double play to face minimum

    A one-out walk in the eighth inning is all that came between a perfect game and Chattanooga starter Andres Santiago, who soon after induced a double play before striking out the side in the ninth, ending his no-hitter with a career-high 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 win. More »

  • 2%
    Indians farmhand hits batter for only blemish in otherwise perfect effort

    Columbus starter Tyler Cloyd spun eight perfect innings before plunking the first batter of the ninth, but he got the next hitter to bounce into a double play and retired a third to preserve a no-hitter in which he threw 89 pitches while facing the minimum. More »

  • 1%
    Jays prospect finishes with four hits, three of them longballs, and six RBIs

    Having already homered twice when he came up in the 12th inning, Brett Wallace was enjoying a fine day at the plate. It got even better when he delivered a walk-off grand slam to help Buffalo complete a come-from-behind victory late in the season. More »

  • 1% Winner
    D-backs prospect is second Southern Leaguer to homer four times in game

    After two harmless at-bats, Mobile's Jon Griffin left the yard in the fifth inning for the first of four consecutive home runs in the game, becoming the second player in Southern League history -- and first since 1969 -- to accomplish the feat. More »

  • Top Offensive Player

    The one player you have to have in your lineup
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    Top Offensive Player of the Year

    2013George Springer
    2012Wil Myers
    2011Bryan LaHair
  • The Padres' Mallex Smith stole bases in bunches and snagged the fans' vote for Top Offensive Player, while Cubs prospect Kris Bryant earned the staff nod after hitting more home runs than any other pro ballplayer -- in his first full season.   Full story »
  • 23% Winner
    .310/.403/.432, 29 2B, 99 R, 88 SB

    MLB Organization: Padres

    Proof that stealing 88 bases in a Minors season isn't easy, Smith finished 19 thefts ahead of any other prospect in baseball. The sparkplug was no one-trick pony, either -- he ripped 29 doubles while putting up a .310 average and reaching base better than 40 percent of the time.

  • 22%
    .311/.424/.601, 34 2B, 30 HR, 131 RBI, 93 R

    MLB Organization: Reds

    Nobody else in the Minors came close to plating as many runs as Smith did as he collected 68 extra-base hits between Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. Big swings didn't stop him from reaching base with frequency; his 83 walks were third-most in the California League.

  • 15% Winner
    .325/.438/.661, 34 2B, 43 HR, 110 RBI, 15 SB

    MLB Organization: Cubs

    Bryant tore his way through his first full professional season. Over 68 games for Double-A Tennessee and 70 games with Triple-A Iowa, he hit more home runs than any other Minor Leaguer while collecting 160 hits in fewer than 500 at-bats.

  • 14%
    .349/.402/.602, 50 2B, 20 HR, 97 RBI

    MLB Organization: Dodgers

    Seager banged out gap hits all season, pacing the Minors with 50 doubles and tying for first among full-season players with a .349 batting average. He homered 20 times and led the Dodgers organization with 97 RBIs.

  • 8%
    .346/.431/.529, 30 2B, 11 HR, 65 RBI, 33 SB

    MLB Organization: Red Sox

    Betts was an all-around sparkplug for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. The 20-year-old led all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .346 average and ranked third with 33 steals while also tallying 46 extra-base hits, despite playing 52 games in the Majors.

  • 6%
    .303/.405/.524, 17 2B, 33 HR, 78 RBI, 30 SB

    MLB Organization: Dodgers

    Pederson led the Pacific Coast League in several offensive categories, including home runs, runs scored (106) and on-base percentage -- he walked 100 times. The 22-year-old was also the circuit's first 30-30 member in 80 years, notching his 30th stolen base on Aug. 23.

  • 5%
    .271/.394/.615, 19 2B, 42 HR, 106 RBI

    MLB Organization: Rangers

    Having won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award in 2013, Gallo fell one dinger shy of matching Bryant's overall total this year. Remarkably he finished second in the Texas League in homers despite not making his debut until June 9, and his bat helped Frisco secure a playoff spot on the season's last day.

  • 4%
    .304/.390/.526, 20 2B, 23 HR, 64 RBI, 37 SB

    MLB Organization: Nationals

    Taylor spent the bulk of the year with Double-A Harrisburg before joining Triple-A Syracuse, where five of his 10 hits over 12 games went for extra bases. In addition to his 23 homers, he continued to tear up the basepaths, piling up 133 Minor League steals since 2010.

  • 2%
    .345/.427/.577, 25 2B, 18 HR, 77 RBI, 28 SB

    MLB Organization: Nationals

    Having led the Nationals system with a .345 average, Souza also was in the organization's top five in home runs, RBIs and stolen bases. The all-around production earned him Nationals Minor League Player of the Year honors, and he was a key factor in Syracuse's first division title since 1989.

  • 1%
    .315/.360/.470, 31 2B, 14 HR, 90 RBI, 91 R, 49 SB

    MLB Organization: Nationals

    Among the five Minor Leaguers who stole 40 or more bases and also reached double digits in home runs, Difo was the only one to bat above .300. The South Atlantic League MVP led the circuit with 176 hits, and his 263 total bases were one off the league lead.

  • Top Starting Pitcher

    The pitcher who most dominated the Minors
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    Top Starting Pitcher of the Year

    2013C.J. Edwards
    2012Jose Fernandez
    2011Matt Moore
  • Daniel Norris rocketed through the Blue Jays system and wound up as the fans' choice for Starting Pitcher of the Year, while top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow earned the staff's selection after his own dominant season.   Full story »
  • 51% Winner
    12-2, 2.53 ERA, 124 2/3 IP, 163 K, 1.11 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Blue Jays

    Not ranked among the game's top 100 prospects by before the season, Norris surged to No. 25 by its end. Thanks to his high strikeout numbers, the 21-year-old left-hander worked his way from Class A Advanced Dunedin to the Toronto bullpen by September.

  • 12%
    14-6, 1.83 ERA, 167 1/3 IP, 115 K, 1.03 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Blue Jays

    Graveman was only drafted in 2013, but the Blue Jays' eighth-rounder out of Mississippi State already climbed the ladder from Class A Lansing all the way to Toronto in his first full season. The 23-year-old relied on a heavy sinker to keep his ERA below 2.30 at each of his four stops in the Minors.

  • 12%
    10-2, 2.20 ERA, 98 IP, 110 K, 1.00 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Nationals

    There were questions about how the Nationals' 2012 first-rounder would handle his first full season following Tommy John surgery. They were answered quickly as Giolito posted both low (2.20 ERA) and high numbers (10.1 K/9) for Class A Hagerstown.

  • 10% Winner
    12-5, 1.74 ERA, 124 1/3 IP, 157 K, 1.05 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Pirates

    The Pirates' top prospect built on an impressive first full campaign in 2013 (2.18 ERA, 164 strikeouts at Class A West Virginia) by racking up the K's in bunches again in 2014, finishing eighth in the Minors for strikeouts. Among the top 10 in that category, Glasnow was the only one with a sub-2.00 ERA.

  • 5%
    17-5, 2.94 ERA, 159 IP, 170 K, 1.13 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Red Sox

    The only Minor League pitcher this season with more than 15 wins, the top Red Sox prospect finished fourth in the Minors with a career-high 170 strikeouts between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. His season began with a no-hitter on April 3 and finished in the Governors' Cup Finals.

  • 4%
    6-5, 2.46 ERA, 113 1/3 IP, 127 K, 1.06 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Yankees

    The 20-year-old surged to the top of the Yankees' prospect rankings in his first full season, during which he climbed from Class A Charleston to Double-A Trenton. His most impressive stat might be that he struck out 100 more batters (127) than he walked (27) in 24 outings.

  • 3%
    13-3, 2.13 ERA, 143 2/3 IP, 132 K, 0.97 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Red Sox

    Johnson was struck in the face by a comebacker in 2012 and was limited to 85 innings by shoulder tendinitis in 2013. Now fully healthy, the No. 9 Red Sox prospect showed what he's capable of, particularly at Double-A Portland where he went 10-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 20 starts (118 innings).

  • 2%
    10-2, 1.46 ERA, 111 IP, 114 K, 0.92 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Brewers

    Nelson allowed no more than three earned runs in each of his 17 appearances with Triple-A Nashville and pitched fewer than six innings on only one occasion. Despite being called up to Milwaukee in early July, he was still named the PCL's Pitcher of the Year.

  • 1%
    8-3, 1.56 ERA, 121 IP, 117 K, 0.98 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Royals

    A 20th-round pick in the 2013 Draft, Sparkman put together an outstanding first full season with Class A Advanced Wilmington. He held Carolina League hitters to a .213 average en route to being named the circuit's Pitcher of the Year.

  • 1%
    8-5, 2.55 ERA, 102 1/3 IP, 129 K, 0.95 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Brewers

    Among pitchers with at least 100 innings in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, the 29-year-old right-hander led in K/9 (11.4), K/BB (7.6) and FIP (2.90).

  • Top Relief Pitcher

    Give him the ball; he'll shut it down
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    Top Relief Pitcher of the Year

    2013Nick Wittgren
    2012Ben Rowen
    2011Addison Reed
  • The Mets' Akeel Morris proved filthy in 2014 and won fans over as top reliever in the Minors, while No. 15 Angels prospect Cam Bedrosian proved fully recovered from Tommy John surgery and earned the staff selection.   Full story »
  • 59% Winner
    4-1, 0.63 ERA, 57 IP, 89 K, 0.72 WHIP, 16 SV, 17 SVO

    MLB Organization: Mets

    Morris did not allow a run in his first 12 appearances of the season and went on to lead the South Atlantic League in saves. The right-hander held opponents to a minuscule .103 batting average.

  • 22%
    3-0, 0.52 ERA, 51 2/3 IP, 70 K, 0.81 WHIP, 10 SV, 10 SVO

    MLB Organization: Rangers

    Klein sported a 0.81 ERA and a team-leading 10 saves in 24 appearances for Frisco before getting the call to Triple-A Round Rock, where he yielded just seven hits over nine scoreless outings.

  • 10%
    3-1, 2.01 ERA, 58 1/3 IP, 80 K, 1.06 WHIP, 31 SV, 35 SVO

    MLB Organization: Blue Jays

    Sikula spent most of the year as Class A Advanced Dunedin's closer apart from a midseason stint in Double-A, where he yielded five runs over 12 appearances with New Hampshire. The 25-year-old ended the year tied with Bowie's Oliver Drake as the Minor League saves leader.

  • 3%
    5-1, 2.22 ERA, 65 IP, 100 K, 1.09 WHIP, 11 SV, 15 SVO

    MLB Organization: Cubs

    Rivero split time between Double-A and Triple-A and ranked fifth among all Cubs Minor League pitchers -- including starters -- in strikeouts, more than doubling his total from 2013.

  • 2%
    4-3, 1.64 ERA, 65 2/3 IP, 88 K, 1.08 WHIP, 18 SV, 21 SVO

    MLB Organization: Twins

    Having missed most of the 2013 campaign following Tommy John surgery, Oliveros came out strong in 2014, posting a 0.89 ERA and 12 saves for Double-A New Britain before being promoted to Triple-A Rochester in June. He led the Twins organization with 18 saves and earned a September call-up.

  • 2%
    2-1, 0.96 ERA, 46 2/3 IP, 52 K, 1.09 WHIP, 22 SV, 25 SVO

    MLB Organization: Phillies

    The 27-year-old was dominant with Triple-A Lehigh Valley en route to an organization- and International League-leading 22 saves before his promotion to the Majors in September.

  • 1% Winner
    2-1, 2.00 ERA, 45 IP, 82 K, 0.76 WHIP, 18 SV, 21 SVO

    MLB Organization: Angels

    The Angels' No. 5 prospect started the year with Class A Advanced Inland Empire and ended it in the Majors. The 23-year-old led the organization with 18 saves and fanned a remarkable 82 batters in just 45 Minor League frames.

  • 1%
    3-2, 2.08 ERA, 43 1/3 IP, 70 K, 0.76 WHIP, 26 SV, 29 SVO

    MLB Organization: D-backs

    Bracho held Midwest League foes to four runs over the first four months of the campaign with Class A South Bend. Though a couple outings got away from him in August, the right-hander notched a Midwest League-leading 26 saves.