ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Gary Brown, Jose Cuevas and Joe Panik, three prospects in the San Francisco Giants system, have been selected as a league Topps Player of the Year in the annual George M. Trautman Awards, presented in the 16 domestic Minor Leagues by the Topps Company of New York, in
conjunction with Minor League Baseball. Panik (2011) and Brown (2010) were both first-round Draft selections of the Giants.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees each had two of their farmhands chosen, and 11 Major League organizations are represented in all.
Brown, an outfielder with the San Jose Giants, led the California League with 13 triples and finished third with a .338 batting average and 49 stolen bases in being named the circuit's Rookie of the Year.
Panik played shortstop for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and was named the Northwest League Most Valuable Player for leading it with a .341 average, 54 RBIs, 92 hits and a .401 on-base percentage.
Cuevas finished among the top three in homers, RBIs, runs, slugging percentage and OPS as a third baseman in winning MVP honors in the Arizona League.
Topps salutes the top performances throughout Minor League Baseball, including monthly awards and all-star teams in each classification.
2011 Topps Minor League Players of the Year
||San Jose/San Francisco
||Fort Wayne/San Diego
||Staten Island/New York-AL
||Dante Bichette Jr.
*Traded to Seattle on July 31
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