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Fan voting for the 2015 MiLBYs is under way. Choose the best teams, players, plays, promotions and more from across Minor League Baseball.

Vote as often as you'd like. Voting will continue until Oct. 27. Winners for the 13 categories will be announced from Oct. 28-Nov. 5.
  • Top Offensive Player

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

    2014Kris Bryant
    2013George Springer
    2012Wil Myers
    2011Bryan LaHair
  • .332/.403/.601, 100 G, 31 2B, 8 3B, 20 HR, 69 RBI, 18 SB

    MLB Organization: Rangers

    A 2012 first-rounder, Brinson rocketed through the Texas system over the course of a few months. He missed May with a hamstring issue but earned a promotion from the California League to the Texas League by July. His performance there pushed him to the PCL, where he kept rolling.

  • .318/.410/.520, 118 G, 34 2B, 13 3B, 9 HR, 71 RBI, 19 SB

    MLB Organization: Twins

    Playing Double-A ball for the first time, Kepler was second in the Southern League with a .322 batting average over 112 games there and led the loop with a .947 OPS. The 22-year-old, German-born outfielder logged 56 extra-base hits and helped Chattanooga win a championship, hitting three postseason homers.

  • .341/.375/.563, 136 G, 43 2B, 6 3B, 21 HR, 89 RBI

    MLB Organization: Orioles

    Mancini was promoted out of the Carolina League in early June but hit even better during his first crack at Double-A. He collected 117 hits, including 13 homers and 29 doubles, over 84 games for Bowie. The 23-year-old first baseman's 21 total homers are a career high.

  • .382/.456/.559, 102 G, 27 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR, 62 RBI

    MLB Organization: Royals

    Nobody in full-season ball hit for a higher average or got on base at a higher rate than Martinez. The 27-year-old outfielder also showed some power, tallying 38 extra-base hits over 98 games in the PCL to lead the circuit with a 1.024 OPS. This was his first season at Triple-A.

  • .278/.345/.329, 117 G, 23 2B, 11 3B, 2 HR, 40 RBI, 82 SB

    MLB Organization: Yankees

    Mateo led affiliated pro ball in stolen bases this season. He made 99 theft attempts and was caught just 17 times, and the 71 bags he ripped off in the South Atlantic League were unsurpassed, even though he was promoted out of the circuit in early August.

  • .302/.374/.527, 120 G, 34 2B, 14 3B, 16 HR, 77 RBI, 17 SB

    MLB Organization: Brewers

    Phillips couldn't be fazed this year -- he put up at least one four-hit game for each of the three teams he played for across two organizations. After bashing 15 California League homers, he showed a continual ability to get on base and find gaps the rest of the season. He was dealt from the Astros to the Brewers on July 31.

  • .340/.432/.612, 135 G, 30 2B, 5 3B, 34 HR, 127 RBI

    MLB Organization: Astros

    Winner of the Joe Bauman Award for most homers in the Minors, Reed also led the Minors in RBIs. In his first full-length professional season, the 22-year-old first baseman demonstrated power to all fields, and he also paced the Cal League with a .346 batting average.

  • .333/.426/.573, 95 G, 23 2B, 4 3B, 18 HR, 77 RBI

    MLB Organization: Brewers

    Santana finished the season in the Majors, which surprised nobody who paid attention to the Pacific Coast League this year. Before being traded from Houston to Milwaukee, he raked to the tune of .320/.426/.582 with 16 homers for Fresno, then hit even better over 20 games with Colorado Springs.

  • .293/.344/.487, 125 G, 37 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 76 RBI

    MLB Organization: Dodgers

    The 21-year-old shortstop seems to hit better with every step he takes, including the jump he made to the Majors in September. Seager started the season at Double-A, but after 20 games in the Texas League got a bump to the PCL, where he batted .278 with 30 doubles.

  • .325/.442/.496, 116 G, 25 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 99 RBI

    MLB Organization: Astros

    A late pick in the 2013 Draft, White spent this year mashing between the Minors' top two levels. A .415 on-base percentage in the Texas League put him in the PCL for the second half. With the Triple-A National Champion Grizzlies, he collected 20 extra-base hits while batting .362.

  • Top Starting Pitcher

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

    2014Tyler Glasnow
    2013C.J. Edwards
    2012Jose Fernandez
    2011Matt Moore
  • 14-5, 2.87 ERA, 166 1/3 IP, 175 K

    MLB Organization: Twins

    The Minor League strikeout champion followed up a masterful 2014 with an arguably better 2015 campaign. After beginning the year with a 3.08 ERA in 15 Double-A starts, Berrios was even more impressive in 12 Triple-A outings, posting a 2.85 mark and fanning 4.6 batters for every walk.

  • 9-2, 1.65 ERA, 114 2/3 IP, 108 K

    MLB Organization: Tigers

    Shipped to the Tigers as part of the package that sent David Price to Toronto, Boyd ascended all the way to the big leagues thanks to his work with three affiliates in two organizations. The lefty dominated the Double-A Eastern League, going 6-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 12 starts before moving up.

  • 6-7, 2.99 ERA, 114 1/3 IP, 163 K

    MLB Organization: Dodgers

    Observers were anxious to see whether De Leon could follow up his brilliant 2014 with a strong third professional season, and the righty didn't disappoint. After putting up a 1.67 ERA in seven California League starts, the 23-year-old jumped to Double-A and registered a 3.64 mark in 16 outings.

  • 17-4, 1.92 ERA, 149 2/3 IP, 159 K

    MLB Organization: Rays

    Though Blake Snell may garner the biggest headlines, Faria may be the Rays' next unheralded pitching prodigy. Unranked in his own system, the righty led the Minor Leagues in wins -- 10 for Class A Advanced Charlotte and seven more with Double-A Montgomery after a late-June call-up.

  • 10-3, 2.24 ERA, 124 1/3 IP, 125 K

    MLB Organization: Tigers

    Part of the trade deadline deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets, Fulmer assumed the mantle of the Tigers' top prospect and made a good impression with his new club, going 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 33 K's in 31 2/3 innings for Double-A Erie after the trade.

  • 7-5, 2.39 ERA, 109 1/3 IP, 136 K

    MLB Organization: Pirates

    The Pirates' top overall prospect and last year's MiLBY winner as Top Starter was at it again in 2015, enjoying a strong debut at Double-A Altoona to start the year and then posting equally impressive numbers following an early-August promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis.

  • 5-7, 2.49 ERA, 101 1/3 IP, 151 K

    MLB Organization: Cardinals

    The fireballer Reyes possesses one of the most electric fastballs in the game and a plus curveball to complement it. With a heater that touched triple digits this season, the righty dominated Class A Advanced hitters to earn a Futures Game selection and a July promotion to Double-A.

  • 15-5, 1.41 ERA, 134 IP, 163 K

    MLB Organization: Rays

    Unranked entering the year, Snell vaulted to No. 41 among's Top 100 Prospects and No. 2 within his organization on the back of a breakout 2015. The lefty started his season with 49 straight scoreless innings and rocketed through three levels to finish with Triple-A Durham.

  • 8-5, 1.62 ERA, 105 1/3 IP, 88 K

    MLB Organization: Cardinals

    Paired with Reyes for part of the season, Weaver spent the entirety of his first full pro season at Class A Advanced and dazzled. The right-hander's command was among his strongest assets with 88 strikeouts against just 19 walks through his 105 1/3 innings pitched for Palm Beach.

  • 14-3, 2.16 ERA, 141 2/3 IP, 98 K

    MLB Organization: Cubs

    The Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year rode his strong start at Class A South Bend -- 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA through nine outings -- to a jump to Double-A. There, the East Carolina product won 10 of his 17 appearances and limited hitters to a .227 average over 88 innings.

  • Top Relief Pitcher

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

    2014Cam Bedrosian
    2013Nick Wittgren
    2012Ben Rowen
    2011Addison Reed
  • 1-2, 2.36 ERA, 49 2/3 IP, 80 K, 1.27 WHIP, 16 SV, 17 SVO

    MLB Organization: Indians

    In his second season since moving to the bullpen, Armstrong posted a career-high 80 strikeouts while walking 26 for Triple-A Columbus. The 25-year-old blew a save in May but was perfect in every opportunity thereafter, earning two callups to Cleveland, where he did not allow a run over his first six outings.

  • 2-1, 1.60 ERA, 50 2/3 IP, 73 K, 0.89 WHIP, 19 SV, 21 SVO

    MLB Organization: D-backs

    After advancing two levels in his first three seasons, Bracho began 2015 in Class A Advanced and finished it in the Majors. The 23-year-old yielded one hit over six outings before moving to Double-A, where he continued to shut down batters before heading to Arizona for his big league debut.

  • 4-4, 1.33 ERA, 53 IP, 75 K, 0.83 WHIP, 33 SV, 36 SVO

    MLB Organization: D-backs

    In just his first full season, Curtis took control of Class A Kane County's bullpen and led the Minor Leagues with 33 saves. The 23-year-old finished the year particularly strong, holding Midwest League foes to seven hits and two walks over his last 15 appearances for the Cougars.

  • 1-2, 0.82 ERA, 44 IP, 66 K, 0.89 WHIP, 23 SV, 23 SVO

    MLB Organization: Orioles

    Drake proved he could handle the International League after spending parts of the last four seasons in Double-A. Amid two callups to Baltimore -- which included three scoreless innings in his debut May 23 at Miami -- the 28-year-old yielded just four runs on 23 hits over 42 Minor League appearances.

  • 4-5, 2.03 ERA, 80 IP, 113 K, 1.15 WHIP, 9 SV, 16 SVO

    MLB Organization: Mariners

    After a slow start in the hitter-friendly California League, Fry worked his way to a midseason promotion to Double-A. With the Generals, the southpaw posted a 1.80 ERA and went on to lead all Mariners Minor League relievers in punchouts.

  • 2-2, 0.78 ERA, 57 1/3 IP, 69 K, 1.17 WHIP, 24 SV, 26 SVO

    MLB Organization: Cardinals

    Grana broke out in his first full season with a scoreless April for Peoria, converting his first 15 save opportunities. The Wildwood, Missouri, native then rebounded from two blown saves at the end of July with a strong August and finished the year with a career-low 0.78 ERA while topping all Cardinals Minor Leaguers with 24 saves.

  • 1-2, 1.05 ERA, 51 1/3 IP, 56 K, 0.90 WHIP, 27 SV, 28 SVO

    MLB Organization: Indians

    Coming off Tommy John surgery, which sidelined him for all of 2014, Johnson posted his best season statistically. Aside from back-to-back June outings in which he yielded four total earned runs, the 25-year-old held Eastern league hitters to just two earned runs over his other 49 appearances en route to a postseason callup to Columbus.

  • 4-2, 0.77 ERA, 47 IP, 48 K, 0.81 WHIP, 23 SV, 24 SVO

    MLB Organization: Braves

    With a dominant April and May, Kelly advanced from Double-A to the Majors with a brief stint in Triple-A. Despite bouncing between Gwinnett and Atlanta seven times, the 27-year-old found time to lead Braves farmhands in saves while allowing just four earned runs in 41 Minor League appearances.

  • 4-4, 2.35 ERA, 84 1/3 IP, 118 K, 0.84 WHIP, 16 SV, 19 SVO

    MLB Organization: Giants

    Smith more than surpassed his 2014 strikeout total of 85 while issuing 21 walks in 56 games for Class A Advanced San Jose. Though a brief injury kept him from finishing out the regular season, the 25-year-old returned for the playoffs and helped the Giants reach the California League Finals.

  • 1-3, 1.98 ERA, 63 2/3 IP, 90 K, 0.90 WHIP, 30 SV, 32 SVO

    MLB Organization: Reds

    After starting the year with 11 2/3 scoreless innings for Daytona, Weiss got the call to Double-A, where he would take the Southern League saves crown. With a dominant campaign there, the UCLA product became the first Pensacola pitcher to earn a spot on the circuit's end-of-season All-Star team.

  • Breakout Prospect

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

    2014Daniel Norris
    2013Maikel Franco
    2012Dan Straily
  • .307/.347/.453, 129 G, 8 HR, 7 3B, 37 2B, 25 SB

    MLB Organization: Brewers

    Playing mostly as a 20-year-old at Double-A this season, Arcia set full-season career highs in all three slash-line categories and doubled his home run output from 2014. Between that offensive profile and his Gold Glove work on defense, he moved from No. 88 in's preseason prospect rankings all the way to No. 12 by season's end.

  • .332/.403/.601, 100 G, 20 HR, 8 3B, 31 2B, 69 RBI, 74 R, 18 SB

    MLB Organization: Rangers

    The 2012 first-rounder hit .337/.416/.628 with 13 homers in 64 games at Class A Advanced High Desert and showed he could thrive outside the homer-friendly Cal League with impressive stints at Frisco and Round Rock. Two years removed from a 191-strikeout season,'s No. 66 prospect has positioned himself for a big league look in 2016.

  • .297/.372/.482, 91 G, 12 HR, 3 3B, 24 2B, 54 RBI

    MLB Organization: Mets

    Conforto is known now as a cog that helped the Mets clinch their first NL East title since 2006, but to get there the 2014 first-rounder had to prove himself at Class A Advanced St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. The 22-year-old actually performed better at the higher level, hitting .312/.396/.503 in 45 games with the B-Mets before being promoted to the Majors on Aug. 2.

  • 6-7, 2.99 ERA, 114 1/3 IP, 163 K, 37 BB, 1.08 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Dodgers

    A 24th-round pick in 2013, De Leon is now the No. 23 prospect in baseball. The right-hander's rise is brought to you by the letter "K" as he averaged 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. Armed with three plus, his fastball, slider and changeup, the 23-year-old has become the second-best pitching prospect in the Dodgers system behind only wunderkind Julio Urias.

  • 10-3, 2.24 ERA, 124 2/3 IP, 125 K, 30 BB, 1.07 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Tigers

    The 22-year-old right-hander, who hadn't previously thrown more than 108 1/3 innings in a season, entered the year as the No. 17 prospect in the Mets system after a rough 2014 (6-11, 4.38 ERA). Thanks to an impressive four-pitch mix, he ended this season as Eastern League Pitcher of the Year and is now considered the top prospect in the Tigers organization (and No. 99 overall) after being acquired in the Yoenis Cespedes trade.

  • 9-7, 2.44 ERA, 140 1/3 IP, 133 K, 55 BB, 1.23 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Reds

    After spending his first three seasons splitting time between the Minors and college basketball, Garrett thrived in his second campaign as a full-time hurler and captured Florida State League Most Valuable Pitcher honors. He also pitched in the Futures Game, held in the home of his parent club at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, and is now considered the No. 71 overall prospect in the game after beginning the year unranked.

  • .316/.372/.505, 119 G, 17 HR, 2 3B, 33 2B, 82 RBI

    MLB Organization: Athletics

    Entering the season, the 2013 sixth-round pick's highest average had been .247 in the Gulf Coast League. Two years later he hit .326 in 59 games at Class A Quad Cities and continued to produce in the Cal League. The 20-year-old slugger, whose 17 homers and .877 OPS crush previous career highs, increased his stock so much that he was included in the A's return package for All-Star southpaw Scott Kazmir.

  • .309/.374/.527, 120 G, 16 HR, 14 3B, 34 2B, 77 RBI, 104 R, 17 SB

    MLB Organization: Brewers

    For Phillips, the big question was whether he could carry a big 2014 to the higher levels. Given the numbers he put up at Class A Advanced Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi/Biloxi this season, the answer was an emphatic yes. The 21-year-old outfielder, dealt to the Brewers in the Carlos Gomez deal, is now's No. 32 prospect after starting the season outside the top 100.

  • .340/.432/.612, 135 G, 34 HR, 5 3B, 30 2B, 127 RBI, 113 R

    MLB Organization: Astros

    The Astros' second-rounder was the Golden Spikes Award winner for the University of Kentucky in 2014, but few expected him to take to the pro game as easily as he did in 2015. The left-handed hitter led the Minors in homers, RBIs, slugging and OPS while splitting time between Class A Advanced Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. After starting the season as the Astros' No. 12 prospect, he now sits at No. 5 in a stacked system and No. 92 overall.

  • 15-4, 1.41 ERA, 134 IP, 163 K, 53 BB, 1.02 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Rays

    Snell's season started with 46 straight scoreless innings at Class A Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery and ended at Triple-A Durham with the 22-year-old southpaw leading all full-season Minor Leaguers in ERA and average against (.182) while placing among the top five in strikeouts and wins. As such, he moved up from No. 12 in the Rays system to No. 2 and is considered the fifth-best left-handed pitching prospect in the game.

  • Best Team

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

    2014Kane County Cougars
    2013GCL Nationals
    2012Asheville Tourists
    2011San Antonio Missions
  • Biloxi Shuckers
    Road-warrior Shuckers pace Southern League

    MLB Affiliation: Brewers

    The Shuckers opened the season with a 54-game road trip, but that didn't stop them from winning the South Division's first-half title. The wins kept coming after moving into MGM Park as the Shuckers finished with the Southern League's best regular-season record (78-59) and team ERA (3.25).

  • Bowie Baysox
    Baysox win first-ever Eastern League championship

    MLB Affiliation: Orioles

    Led by Eastern League batting champion Trey Mancini and a deep supporting cast of veterans and prospects, the BaySox secured the Western Division title and fought back from a 2-1 series deficit against Reading in the Finals to capture the first EL title in Bowie's 23-year history.

  • Chattanooga Lookouts
    Prospect-laden Lookouts win Southern League

    MLB Affiliation: Twins

    Despite graduating top prospects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Jose Berrios by midseason, the Lookouts made the playoffs by winning the North Division first-half title. Once in the tourney, they turned it on, storming to the championship behind Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Adam Brett Walker II.

  • Corpus Christi Hooks
    Hooks notch most wins in Minors

    MLB Affiliation: Astros

    Corpus Christi compiled the most regular-season victories in all of Minor Leagues Baseball, taking the first-half Texas League South Division title by 13 games and tacking on a strong second half for an impressive 89-51 overall record with a roster that at times included Mark Appel, A.J. Reed, Tony Kemp and Michael Feliz.

  • Columbus Clippers
    Clippers battle to Governors' Cup victory

    MLB Affiliation: Indians

    Columbus fought Indianapolis to a deadlock for the West Division crown and the International League's best regular-season record (83-61). In the Finals, the Clippers outlasted their division rival one last time to win the series in five games and claim the franchise's third championship in four years.

  • Fresno Grizzlies
    Fresno captures franchise's first PCL, Triple-A crowns

    MLB Affiliation: Astros

    Dominant pitching performances from 2013 first overall pick Mark Appel and Double-A call-up Chris Devenski, along with the red-hot playoff bats of Tony Kemp and Tyler White, helped Fresno win the franchise's first PCL Championship and Triple-A National Championship.

  • GCL Red Sox
    Red Sox repeat in Gulf Coast League

    MLB Affiliation: Red Sox

    Boston's Class A affiliate in Greenville may have had the flashier prospects, but it was the GCL Red Sox who not only won their second consecutive Gulf Coast League championship with a clean sweep of the Blue Jays. The Sox finished with the Minor League's highest winning percentage among all domestic-based teams (.707).

  • Midland RockHounds
    RockHounds repeat as Texas League's finest

    MLB Affiliation: Athletics

    Stocked with top prospects such as Matt Olson, Renato Nunez, Chad Pinder, Ryon Healy and Jaycob Brugman, the RockHounds slugged their way to a Texas League championship victory over Northwest Arkansas, becoming the circuit's first repeat champion since San Antonio in 2002-03.

  • Quad Cities River Bandits
    Bandits arms place them among Minors' best

    MLB Affiliation: Astros

    Quad Cities finished with the MWL's best record (88-50) thanks to a league-best 2.65 ERA, despite starting 20 different pitchers over the course of the season. As an added bonus, the River Bandits had the opportunity to be the first team to showcase the talents of second overall pick Alex Bregman.

  • Savannah Sand Gnats
    Streaking Gnats capture dual titles in Sally League

    MLB Affiliation: Mets

    Savannah won the Southern Dvision's first-half title, then made headlines by winning 18 straight games in the second half. Though the streak ended unceremoniously with a rain-shortened tie, that didn't stop the Sand Gnats from rallying to capture the division's second-half title as well.

  • Best Farm System

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

    2014Chicago Cubs
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
    Multiple trophies, addition of Swanson stick out in successful season

    The D-backs joined the Astros as the only organizations with multiple Minor League champions as Rookie-level Missoula and Class A Advanced Hillsboro took home titles. Some of the best performances in the system came at the higher levels, however, with Aaron Blair, Brandon Drury and Peter O'Brien standing out. Top overall Draft pick Dansby Swanson also gave Arizona a top-10 overall prospect.

  • Chicago Cubs
    Parent club's run to postseason fueled by addition of big-time prospects

    Chicago earned a postseason berth for the first time since 2008 thanks to graduated prospects Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber and saw big seasons from MiLBY nominees Gleyber Torres, Willson Contreras and Ryan Williams. On the team side, Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach won the Carolina League title in its first season as a Cubs affiliate.

  • Houston Astros
    Correa's graduation, Reed's breakout highlight big year for Houston

    Houston led all organizations with a collective .553 winning percentage among its affiliates. In addition, six of its teams made the playoffs with Fresno and Greeneville capturing championships. A.J. Reed was the Minors' best power hitter while Michael Feliz, Francis Martes, Derek Fisher, Joe Musgrove and Tony Kemp also stood out -- not to mention the graduation of Carlos Correa and addition of first-rounders Alex Bregman, Daz Cameron and Kyle Tucker to the fold.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
    Seager, Urias continue to show top form while others show plenty of potential

    Any talk of the Dodgers system has to start with wunderkinds Corey Seager and Julio Urias as the former has worked himself into the Los Angeles infield for the near- and long-term future. With 163 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings, Jose De Leon showed he could be the next big thing, too. Cody Bellinger hit 30 homers and drove in 103 for Cal League champs Rancho Cucamonga.

  • Minnesota Twins
    Buxton, Sano show off skills in Majors, while Kepler, Berrios make leaps

    Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano grabbed plenty of headlines for the way they worked from Double-A Chattanooga to the Majors, but MiLBY nominees Jose Berrios and Max Kepler were standouts in a stacked system that also saw impressive years from Adam Brett Walker II and Stephen Gonsalves. On the team side, Chattanooga went 43-25 (.632) in the first half and won the Southern League championship.

  • New York Mets
    Prospect trio thrives in Queens while others jump in rankings

    The 2014 fans' choice for best system enjoyed another impressive campaign as Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Michael Conforto each started the season in the Minors and ended as big parts of the team's run to an NL East title. Gavin Cecchini and Dominic Smith also used breakout seasons to work their way into's top 100 prospect rankings.

  • New York Yankees
    Rise of Severino, Bird stick out while Mateo, Judge show skills

    Yankee fans have gotten to know and love Luis Severino and Greg Bird since their graduations to the Majors. Beyond those two, shortstop Jorge Mateo was the Minors' stolen-base king with 82 thefts, Aaron Judge showed big-time power (20 homers) to make himself a top-20 prospect and Gary Sanchez (18 homers, .815 OPS) showed signs he might be back as the top prospect he was once considered to be.

  • Philadelphia Phillies
    In down year for top club, plenty of promise in Minors with help from trade

    The Phillies already had a noteworthy system with J.P. Crawford flashing big potential at Double-A Reading and Aaron Nola making the move to the Majors in his first full season. But the Cole Hamels trade with the Rangers in July brought along the likes of Jake Thompson, Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro to strengthen the club's rebuilding process.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates
    One of game's best systems continues to shine across multiple levels

    The Pirates entered the season with one of the strongest systems and little happened to dispel that notion. Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell continued to show their high ceilings at the top levels and look ready for the bigs, while 2013 first-rounder Austin Meadows proved to be healthy and a legit multi-tool threat in his second full season. Class A Short Season West Virginia won the New York-Penn League title in its first season.

  • Tampa Bay Rays
    Snell, Honeywell, Shaffer become need-to-know names with big seasons

    Any organization that produced breakout MiLBY candidate Blake Snell would have to be considered for Best Farm System, but Tampa Bay's ranks go deeper than the left-hander. Brent Honeywell screwballed his way into the top 100, while Richie Shaffer homered 26 times in 108 games before sticking in the Majors. Class A Advanced Charlotte captured its first Florida State League championship as well.

  • Game of the Year

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

    2014Clinton's 16-run comeback
  • Shuckers script perfect homecoming
    After long road trip to start year, Biloxi comes home with win

    Double-A Biloxi spent the first two months -- 54 total games -- of its existence on the road while waiting for MGM Park to be ready for baseball. On their first night in their beautiful new digs, the Shuckers wrote the perfect script, rallying from a run down to walk off in the 14th. More »

  • Travelers make history with 14-run inning
    Behind Texas League-record 10 walks, Arkansas romps

    Patience at the plate led to an inning like none other in the Minor Leagues in 2015. Earning a league-record 10 free passes, Double-A Arkansas throttled visiting Springfield pitchers for 14 runs in the fifth inning but still had to hang on in a wild 15-12 win. More »

  • Gwynn walks off on memorable Father's Day
    Washington farmhand plays hero one year after legendary father's passing

    Just more than a year after his Hall of Fame father died, Tony Gwynn Jr. ripped a 10th-inning single to lead his Triple-A Syracuse club to a win over Buffalo. "For me, it's a gift to my dad or from my dad -- both, really," Gwynn said after his big moment. More »

  • Pointer wins 'crazy' EL All-Star shootout
    Slugger blasts game-clinching dinger in 11th round of decisive Derby

    Not many games head to a shootout to name a winner, but the Eastern League All-Star Game isn't just any contest. Tied 4-4 after nine innings, the Eastern Division downed the Western on a sudden-death home run by Philadelphia prospect Brian Pointer More »

  • Reds trio combines for Bats' first no-no
    Rehabbing Cincinnati starter Cingrani starts; Holmberg, LeCure finish feat

    With a big leaguer setting the tone, Triple-A Louisville followed his lead. Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani threw four hitless innings in a rehab start, and David Holmberg and Sam LeCure followed by spinning five of their own to secure the Bats' first nine-inning no-hitter in franchise history. More »

  • Hessman slams Minors home run record
    Tigers farmhand mashes 433rd home run to claim American title

    In his 19th professional season, Detroit's Mike Hessman put his name atop all others. The third baseman blasted his 433rd Minor League home run to break a 79-year-old record as the most in history. "The King" blasted through the mark in style: his record-breaker was a go-ahead grand slam. More »

  • Eugene tosses no-no wearing stadium jerseys
    In special uniforms, Ems throw first no-hitter in 47 years

    The city of Eugene lost its venerable old Minor League home when Civic Stadium burned down June 30. Six weeks later, the Emeralds wore special uniforms paying tribute to the facility and did its memory proud as four pitchers combined on the club's first no-hitter since 1968. More »

  • Sand Gnats' record win streak ends in tie
    Rain forces finish to 18 straight Savannah victories

    Hours after winning a doubleheader opener to extend the Minors' longest winning streak in more than a decade to 18 games, Savannah saw it close in unsatisfying fashion. A rainstorm forced umpires to call their nightcap with Kannapolis while tied at 1-1, bringing a close to the remarkable run. More »

  • GreenJackets survive in wild walk-off win
    Delmarva's Leyva misses plate; Augusta rallies for win

    It looked as if Delmarva's Elier Leyva had belted a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of his club's July 26 game at Augusta, but the outfielder missed home plate in his celebration. That led to the hit being deemed a game-tying triple and kept the GreenJackets alive for an eventual walk-off win. More »

  • Chen, Pelicans walk off with Mills Cup
    Myrtle Beach earns first Carolina League title in 15 years

    In their first season as a Cubs affiliate, the Pelicans rolled through the Carolina League's Mills Cup Championship Series. Myrtle Beach's Pin-Chieh Chen poked a walk-off single in the ninth inning to sink Wilmington and secure a three-game sweep to the league title. More »

  • Best Individual Performance

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

    2014Griffin hits four home runs
    2013Baez's four-homer game
    2012Hicks gives Twins storybook ending
    2011Germano's perfecto
  • Dash righty tosses no-no without ball ever leaving the infield

    James Dykstra's seven-inning gem for Winston-Salem on April 15 seems even more impressive when you consider his outfielders could have spent the game on social media rather than fielding their position as all 21 outs were recorded without the ball ever leaving the infield. More »

  • Astros prospect clubs three homers, drives in nine runs

    When you want to make a statement, a three-homer game is a good way to do it. A.J. Reed's first career home run hat trick came May 7 for the Lancaster JetHawks, included nine RBIs and helped launch a breakout 2015 season in which he led the Minors in both of those offensive categories. More »

  • Top Dodgers prospect goes 6-for-6 with a homer, six RBIs

    Corey Seager was already having a nice game after his fourth at-bat. By the time his final May 28 plate appearance was in the books, it was special since the shortstop had racked up six hits, including two doubles and a homer and knocked in six runs against Salt Lake. More »

  • Astros prospect drives in 12 runs in first Cal League game

    Records are made to be broken, but in your first game in a new league? That's what Derek Fisher did May 30 as three homers and a double for Lancaster led to 12 RBIs, putting Fisher's name in the California League record book by snapping an RBI mark that had stood for 61 years. More »

  • Rays prospect records club's first three-homer game since 2009

    After putting Southern League pitchers through the wringer over the first two months of the season, Shaffer quickly put his mark on Triple-A by posting the International League's first three-homer game of 2015 and the first by a Durham Bulls hurler in six years. More »

  • Right-hander records 13 strikeouts over eight dominant innings

    In a year full of strong pitching performances, Austin Brice's June 29 gem for the Jacksonville Suns really stands out as the right-hander allowed just a walk and a single while fanning a career-high 13 batters over eight scoreless innings against Biloxi. More »

  • Rays prospect breaks league mark with six bases on balls

    Usually when you get six trips to the plate and don't make contact, you've had a rough day. Not the case for Joey Rickard, who walked right into the Southern League record books by drawing six base on balls for Montgomery on July 7. More »

  • Rehabbing left-hander fans team-record 16 for Bulls

    Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Rays lefty Matt Moore turned back the clock on Aug. 22 with a stellar performance for the Triple-A Durham Bulls that included a team-record 16 strikeouts over just six innings. More »

  • Reds prospect nearly unhittable in FSL postseason start

    Despite having to wait out a rain delay, Amir Garrett was incredibly sharp in the opening game of the Florida State League playoffs, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while tying a career-high with 12 strikeouts for Daytona. More »

  • Astros prospect leads Fresno to title with terrific Triple-A debut

    With all eyes on El Paso, Fresno's Chris Devenski twirled a gem in his Pacific Coast League debut as the right-hander gave up just one hit and struck out nine over seven innings to help the Grizzlies defeat the Columbus Clippers for the Triple-A National Championship. More »

  • Promo of the Year

    The Minors' most creative and best executed promotion
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    2014Bark in the Park in El Paso
    2013Chase the Bat Dog retirement
    2012Home Run Derby aboard USS Yorktown
    2011Dallas Braden bobblehead
  • Women in Sports Night
    The heroes of the AAGPBL and others inspire new generations

    Two weeks after the United States Women's National Team captured the World Cup, the Bowie Baysox welcomed pioneers to the ballpark for their annual Women in Sports event. Members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League were in attendance, signing autographs and greeting the next great generation of female stars and Baysox fans.

  • Sidd Finch Night
    Legendary prank 'prospect' finally arrives in short-season ball

    There really was no Sidd Finch, despite a 30-year-old Sports Illustrated article to the contrary. But the man photographed as Finch, retired art teacher Joe Berton, was on-hand for the Brooklyn Cyclones' Sidd Finch bobblehead giveaway. The team took a look back at this elaborate hoax, which centered around a 168-mph fastball that never was.

  • Remembering Civic Stadium
    After loss of a hallowed venue, Emeralds bid farewell in style

    The Eugene Emeralds lost Civic Stadium, the city's longtime Minor League epicenter, in a tragic fire June 30. Just over six weeks later, the club sported special jerseys to remember their former home. There was magic in the air: the Emeralds tossed their first no-hitter in 47 years, a 3-0 win over Everett. More »

  • Taco Truck Throwdown, featuring the Fresno Tacos
    To worldwide acclaim, the Grizzlies are what they eat

    On the night of their fifth annual Taco Truck Throwdown, the Fresno Grizzlies took the field as the "Tacos" with in-house designed logos and uniforms honoring the culinary delight of the night. The redesign garnered international attention, and Fresno did their new moniker proud, beating arch rival Sacramento, 7-4. More »

  • 'Full House' Night
    Nostalgia for a beloved 1980s sitcom results in a full house at the ballpark

    The Frisco RoughRiders' tribute to Full House featured a visit from Dave Coulier, Uncle Joey himself. The players were introduced via a Full House-referencing video, before taking the field in colorful jerseys packed with references to the show's San Francisco locale. More »

  • Deflate Cancer Night
    A great combination: Topical humor in a tropical environment

    When the "Deflategate" scandal erupted, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' response was swift and satiric. They quickly announced "Deflate Cancer Night," which aimed to "tighten the grip on testicular cancer." The evening included a ball inflation station, communal balloon deflation ceremony and general manager Andy Milovich participating in a "rocky mountain oyster" eating contest. More »

  • Miracle on Ice Night
    In honor of an upset, a promo that was ice cold and pure gold

    This year marks the 35th anniversary of the "Miracle On Ice," when the USA hockey team beat the USSR during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The Rochester Red Wings celebrated by having both themselves and visiting Syracuse don USA hockey jerseys. "Relive the Miracle" pucks were distributed, while team alumni were on hand to "shoot" a first pitch. More »

  • Willie Nelson Bobblehead
    Red Headed Stranger, in miniature, dons the jersey of hometown team

    Country music legend Willie Nelson has done a lot in his life, but until this season he'd never authorized production of a Willie Nelson bobblehead. The Round Rock Express, located just outside of Willie's Austin stomping grounds, gave away 2,500 during a game in June. More »

  • 'Game of Thrones' Night
    Yankees honor Staten Island native George R.R. Martin

    When he was a kid, growing up in New Jersey, George R.R. Martin would look across the water at Staten Island and dream of a world he would later create. That world became Game of Thrones. The Staten Island Yankees hosted Martin at the ballpark on an evening in which they renamed themselves the "Direwolves." More »

  • 'Back to the Future' Doubleheader
    Paying tribute to the past and predicting the future, all in one night

    Back to the Future turned 30 this season, and the Toledo Mud Hens paid homage via a time-traveling twinbill. The "Back" game featured '80s-themed throwback jerseys; for the "Future" nightcap, the team wore their best guess as to what a Mud Hens uniform will look like in 2045. More »

  • Photo of the Year

    The one snapshot that exceeds all others
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    2014Shane Peterson's diving catch
    2013Summer night in Clinton
    2012Bolt of lightning at Frontier Field
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    Visalia's George Roberts goes up in the air to avoid a tag from High Desert catcher David Lyon during a play at the plate on April 12. Roberts was called out on the play by home plate umpire Reid Gibbs (left).

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    Hagerstown right fielder Jeff Gardner slides to catch a fly ball while a nearby bird -- perhaps a Dark-Eyed Junco -- flies by June 14. Gardner did not make the catch.

  • Sunset in Coney Island
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    The Brooklyn Cyclones and Tri-City ValleyCats enjoyed a warm summer sunset over the ocean and boardwalk in historic Coney Island on June 23.

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    Everett outfielder Braden Bishop keeps his eyes on a sinking line drive to center during a Northwest League game on June 28.

  • Fireworks over 'Cuse
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    Fans packed into Syracuse's NBT Bank Stadium on July 4 for a fireworks show after watching the Triple-A Chiefs rout Pawtucket, 12-4.

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    Akron's Anthony Gallas watched his bat follow after the ball after taking a swing against Reading on July 10.

  • Pink skies in Colorado Springs
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    A sold-out crowd on Military Appreciation Night enjoyed a vibrant sunset over Security Service Field in Colorado Springs when the hometown Sky Sox hosted Nashville on July 23.

  • Dave Wegiel/Pinola Photography

    Indianapolis Indians catcher Elias Diaz dumps ice on Josh Bell after the Pirates prospect won a 13-inning game with a walk-off single in his Triple-A debut Aug. 1.

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    Williamsport's Zach Coppola dives for a sinking fly ball during a New York-Penn League game in Auburn on Aug. 8.

  • Kevin Pataky/

    New Britain outfielder Noel Cuevas shattered his bat on this swing during an Eastern League doubleheader against Trenton on Aug. 12.

  • Joe Territo/Rochester Red Wings

    Rochester's Byron Buxton, baseball's No. 1 prospect, slams into the outfield wall and loses his cap and sunglasses while trying to catch a fly ball Aug. 16. The Twins prospect, now in the Majors, was able to finish the game. The wall pays tribute to late Red Wings owner Morrie Silver.

  • Josh Holmberg

    A player's beverage appears to erupt at home plate as Las Vegas' Danny Muno is swarmed by teammates after hitting a walk-off home run to beat Iowa on Aug. 17.

  • Top Play

    The single best highlight of 2015
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    Top Play of the Year

    2014Simon reaches into 'pen for catch
    2013Toledo ends game with triple play
    2012Mike Trout scores from first on a single
    2011Nick Ciolli's over-the-fence catch
  • Aguilar pulls off hidden-ball trick

    Columbus first baseman Jesus Aguilar enjoyed a stellar offensive season, but his most memorable moment may have come on defense. After Indy's Gustavo Nunez slapped a single, a cunning Aguilar signaled for the ball and tagged an unsuspecting Nunez as he briefly strayed from the bag.

  • Vigil performs juggling act

    What appeared to be a routine pop-up in foul territory turned into quite an adventure for Greensboro backstop Rodrigo Vigil, who collided with first baseman K.J. Woods, fell to the ground and made a juggling catch from his backside -- then nearly capped it off with a double play.

  • Gwynn Jr. walks off on Father's Day

    One year and five days after the passing of his Hall of Fame father, Tony Gwynn Jr. honored his memory with his biggest at-bat of the season. In the 10th inning of a scoreless tie, Gwynn lifted host Syracuse to a Father's Day triumph with a clutch one-out single.

  • Long makes no-look snag for Sounds

    Though he'd suffer his first loss at the Triple-A level, Nashville right-hander Nate Long opened his July 12 start with some lightning-fast reflexes, robbing Redbirds lead-off man Rafael Ortega with an impressive behind-the-back grab in the bottom of the first inning.

  • Hooks orchestrate triple steal

    Corpus Christi ran away with first place during the first half of the Texas League season and capped that feat on the final game before the All-Star break by running wild on the bases as Teoscar Hernandez and two of his teammates each stole a bag at the same time.

  • RoughRiders record two-run sac fly

    Being down 10 runs in the final frame didn't stop Frisco's Luis Marte from showing some heads-up hustle. Standing on second base with one out, the 21-year-old shortstop capped a rare two-run sacrifice fly on a ball hit to the deepest part of Dr Pepper Ballpark.

  • Legends pitcher starts unlikely DP

    A scorching drive up the middle turned into an improbable 1-6-3 double play as Lexington shortstop Luis Valenzuela secured a hard carom off his pitcher -- left-hander Brennan Henry -- and then fired to first to also retire an overly aggressive Greenville baserunner.

  • Rohlinger preserves no-no from his knees

    With a no-hitter on the line, Akron shortstop Ryan Rohlinger rose to the occasion by diving to his right, climbing to his knees and firing to first to nab Reading's Harold Martinez by a hair -- helping to preserve Ryan Merritt's eventual seven-inning gem.

  • Heathcott commits highway robbery

    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Slade Heathcott showed impressive athleticism Aug. 15 when he tracked a deep fly to left field, planted his spike halfway up the wall and gained an extra second of hang time to take away a potential go-ahead homer by Indy's Xavier Avery.

  • Cards' Caldwell, Ohlman join forces

    It's not entirely clear which part of Springfield's Aug. 23 double play against Frisco was most impressive -- was it Bruce Caldwell's sparkling over-the-shoulder catch, how the infielder reoriented quickly to fire the ball home, or was it catcher Mike Ohlman's lunging tag in a nick of time?

  • Chasers' Coleman lunges over tarp

    With playoff hopes waning, Omaha third baseman Dusty Coleman disregarded personal safety in favor of spectacular defense during an Aug. 30 game against the Grizzlies, leaping over the rolled-up tarp in foul territory and crashing headlong into the stands to catch a pop-up.

  • Amaral steals extra-inning homer

    After entering in the eighth inning, Pensacola center fielder Beau Amaral had plenty left in the tank in the 11th as he leaped high at the fence to rob Mobile's Gabby Guerrero of a homer in a Sept. 4 game the Blue Wahoos would win four frames later.

  • Top Home Run

    The most exciting long ball of 2015
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    Top Home Run of the Year

    2014Refsnyder brings July 4th fireworks
    2013Kevin Keyes hits light tower
    2012Billy Hamilton hits inside-the-park homer
    2011Christian Yelich bashes postseason walk-off homer
  • Birmingham's Courtney Hawkins may not have had a season to remember, missing substantial time due to injury, but his home run May 10 would be difficult to forget as it cleared the left-field fence at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium and bounded off the roof of a passing freight train.

  • Javier Baez's power potential has never been a question mark for the Chicago Cubs, and on June 6 the 22-year-old infielder put his impressive home run stroke on full display for the fans at Iowa's Principal Park, blasting one high and far off the left-field light tower.

  • A Joey Gallo homer is typically marked by two characteristics: They begin with a violent left-handed power stroke and end with the ball landing a great distance from home plate. His July 8 blast offers a perfect example of each -- much to the delight of the Round Rock announcers.

  • After showcasing his power a day earlier during the Triple-A Home Run Derby, Reno's Peter O'Brien thrilled the Omaha crowd once again in the eighth inning of the All-Star Game, breaking a 1-1 tie with a two-run bomb for the Pacific Coast League.

  • The King's crowning achievement came Aug. 3 as longtime slugger Mike Hessman recorded his 433rd Minor League home run with a go-ahead grand slam, clearing the bases for the Mud Hens and erasing Buzz Arlett's 79-year record with one more mighty swing.

  • The Minor League season is littered with walk-off homers followed by wild celebrations, but Ben Gamel and the RailRiders may have the best of the bunch in 2015 as the outfielder drove the ball into right field and then raced all the way around the bases to beat the PawSox on Aug. 10.

  • Top Reds prospect Jesse Winker turned his season around in the second half, and his finest moment may have come Aug. 15 when he homered in his fifth straight game. One shy of a Southern League record, the blast came two days before his 22nd birthday in the heat of Pensacola's playoff chase.

  • Though he didn't realize it when he stepped to the plate in the eighth inning of a 6-6 tie on Aug. 25, Akron's Bryson Myles sat a homer shy of the cycle. Despite getting to the park shortly before game time and missing batting practice, the outfielder indeed went yard to complete the feat.

  • Playing their final game in New Britain before moving to Hartford and becoming the Yard Goats, the Rock Cats gave their fans a farewell they won't soon forget -- not only providing 15 innings of baseball but also winning the marathon contest on Jordan Patterson's walk-off two-run blast.

  • The Midland RockHounds secured the Texas League championship for the second straight season in 2015, and a big reason why was the postseason prowess of Jaycob Brugman, who homered in his fourth consecutive playoff game Sept. 16 to propel his club within one win of a repeat.

  • Best Blooper

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

    2014Barons' Earley crashes through fence
  • Pawtucket Red Sox veteran catcher Humberto Quintero hits Durham Bulls batter Adam Maile in the gut in a bizarre moment while attempting to throw a ball to third base.

  • Syracuse center fielder Darin Mastroianni knocks down part of the outfield wall while trying to catch a double by Charlotte's Matt Tuiasosopo during a late-June contest at NBT Bank Stadium.

  • Manager, coach toss, kick helmets

    Myrtle Beach manager Mark Johnson kicks his helmet before coach Chris Gutierrez throws his own in frustration after getting ejected on the same play.

  • Coach Chicken lets runner get picked off

    The Famous Chicken, coaching first base for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs during a nationally televised game, is left speechless after Matt Szczur gets picked off first base against Memphis.

  • Castillo plays catch with Bulls

    Pawtucket's Rusney Castillo, standing on first as the runner, catches a pickoff throw from Durham pitcher Jordan Norberto when Bulls first baseman J.P. Arencibia wasn't paying attention. Castillo then tosses the ball back.

  • Catcher, manager undress after ejections

    Pensacola catcher Kyle Skipworth and manager Pat Kelly both get partially undressed after being ejected in the ninth inning during a July game against Biloxi. Kelly, who attempts to eject the umpires himself, also uses the pitcher's rosin bag as deodorant.

  • WhiteCaps race comes down to wire

    In a video that went viral in July, youngsters dressed as a dryer, a stove and a water heater collide and fall head over feet before the finish line during a comical between-innings promotion.

  • 'Jackets win after Leyva misses plate

    Delmarva's Elier Leyva appears to hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning but misses touching home plate. Augusta then wins on a walk-off hit in the 10th.

  • Dad catches ball while holding baby

    A slick-fielding father in Round Rock catches Kyle Wren's foul ball with his bare left hand while holding his baby in his right during a Triple-A game against Colorado Springs in August.

  • Weiner Dog takes victory lap

    In another video that quickly went viral, eight dachshunds race to become "El Paso's Fastest Wiener." But one pooch takes a victory lap around the park, visiting the bullpen, dugout, some infielders, an umpire as well as the mound after the race.