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The Minor League Player of the Year was awarded annually by The Sporting News to the top player in the minors from 1936 through 2005. Baseball America developed a similar award in 1981 as did USA Today in 1988.

[edit] Award Winners

[edit] The Sporting News

Year Player Position Team(s)
1936 Johnny Vander Meer P Durham Bulls
1937 Charlie Keller OF Newark Bears
1938 Fred Hutchinson P Seattle Rainiers
1939 Lou Novikoff OF Tulsa Oilers, Los Angeles Angels
1940 Phil Rizzuto SS Kansas City Blues
1941 Johnny Lindell P Newark Bears
1942 Dick Barrett P Seattle Rainiers
1943 Chet Covington P Scranton Red Sox
1944 Ripper Collins 1B Albany Senators
1945 Gil Coan OF Chattanooga Lookouts
1946 Sibby Sisti SS Indianapolis Indians
1947 Hank Sauer OF Syracuse Chiefs
1948 Gene Woodling OF San Francisco Seals
1949 Orie Arntzen P Albany Senators
1950 Frank Saucier OF San Antonio Missions
1951 Gene Conley P Hartford Chiefs
1952 Moose Skowron 1B Kansas City Blues
1953 Gene Conley P Toledo Mud Hens
1954 Herb Score P Indianapolis Indians
1955 Red Murff P Dallas Eagles
1956 Steve Bilko 1B Los Angeles Angels
1957 Norm Siebern 1B Denver Bears
1958 Jim O'Toole P Nashville Volunteers
1959 Frank Howard - Victoria Rosebuds, Spokane Indians
1960 Willie Davis OF Spokane Indians
1961 Howie Koplitz P Birmingham Barons
1962 Bob Bailey - Columbus Jets
1963 Don Buford - Indianapolis Indians
1964 Mel Stottlemyre P Richmond Virginians
1965 Joe Foy - Toronto Maple Leafs
1966 Mike Epstein 1B Rochester Red Wings
1967 Johnny Bench C Buffalo Bisons
1968 Merv Rettenmund OF Rochester Red Wings
1969 Danny Walton OF Oklahoma City 89ers
1970 Don Baylor OF Rochester Red Wings
1971 Bobby Grich SS Rochester Red Wings
1972 Tom Paciorek OF Albuquerque Dukes
1973 Steve Ontiveros OF Phoenix Giants
1974 Jim Rice OF Pawtucket Red Sox
1975 Hector Cruz 3B Tulsa Oilers
1976 Pat Putnam 1B Asheville Tourists
1977 Ken Landreaux OF Salt Lake City Gulls, El Paso Diablos
1978 Champ Summers OF Indianapolis Indians
1979 Mark Bomback P Vancouver Canadians
1980 Tim Raines 2b Denver Bears
1981 Mike Marshall 1B Albuquerque Dukes
1982 Ron Kittle OF Edmonton Trappers
1983 Kevin McReynolds OF Las Vegas Stars
1984 Alan Knicely C Wichita Aeros
1985 Jose Canseco OF Huntsville Stars, Tacoma Tigers
1986 Tim Pyznarski 1B Las Vegas Stars
1987 Randy Milligan 1B Tidewater Tides
1988 Sandy Alomar Jr. C Las Vegas Stars
Gary Sheffield SS Denver Bears
1989 Sandy Alomar Jr. C Las Vegas Stars
1990 Jose Offerman SS Albuquerque Dukes
1991 Pedro Martinez P Albuquerque Dukes
1992 Tim Salmon OF Edmonton Trappers
1993 Cliff Floyd OF Harrisburg Senators
1994 Derek Jeter SS Tampa Yankees, Albany-Colonie Yankees, Columbus Clippers
1995 Karim Garcia OF Albuquerque Dukes
1996 Vladimir Guerrero OF West Palm Beach Expos, Harrisburg Senators
1997 Ben Grieve OF Huntsville Stars, Edmonton Trappers
1998 Gabe Kapler OF Jacksonville Suns
1999 Rick Ankiel P Arkansas Travelers, Memphis Redbirds
2000 Jon Rauch P Winston-Salem Warthogs, Birmingham Barons
2001 Josh Beckett P Brevard County Manatees, Portland Sea Dogs
2002 Jason Stokes OF Kane County Cougars
2003 Zach Greinke P Wilmington Blue Rocks, Wichita Wranglers
2004 Dallas McPherson 3B Arkansas Travelers, Salt Lake Stingers
2005 Brandon Wood SS Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

[edit] Baseball America

Year Player Position Organization Team(s)
1981 Mike Marshall 1B Los Angeles Dodgers Albuquerque Dukes
1982 Ron Kittle OF Chicago White Sox Edmonton Trappers
1983 Dwight Gooden P New York Mets Lynchburg Mets
1984 Mike Bielecki P Pittsburgh Pirates Hawaii Islanders
1985 Jose Canseco OF Oakland Athletics Huntsville Stars, Tacoma Tigers
1986 Gregg Jefferies SS New York Mets Columbia Mets, Lynchburg Mets, Jackson Mets
1987 Gregg Jefferies SS New York Mets Jackson Mets, Tidewater Tides
1988 Tom Gordon P Kansas City Royals Appleton Foxes, Memphis Chicks, Omaha Royals
1989 Sandy Alomar Jr. C San Diego Padres Las Vegas Stars
1990 Frank Thomas 1B Chicago White Sox Birmingham Barons
1991 Derek Bell OF Toronto Blue Jays Syracuse Chiefs
1992 Tim Salmon OF California Angels Edmonton Trappers
1993 Manny Ramirez OF Cleveland Indians Canton-Akron Indians, Charlotte Knights
1994 Derek Jeter SS New York Yankees Tampa Yankees, Albany-Colonie Yankees, Columbus Clippers
1995 Andruw Jones OF Atlanta Braves Macon Braves
1996 Andruw Jones OF Atlanta Braves Durham Bulls, Greenville Braves, Richmond Braves
1997 Paul Konerko 1B Los Angeles Dodgers Albuquerque Dukes
1998 Eric Chavez 3B Oakland Athletics Huntsville Stars, Edmonton Trappers
1999 Rick Ankiel P St. Louis Cardinals Arkansas Travelers, Memphis Redbirds
2000 Jon Rauch P Chicago White Sox Winston-Salem Warthogs, Birmingham Barons
2001 Josh Beckett P Florida Marlins Brevard County Manatees, Portland Sea Dogs
2002 Rocco Baldelli OF Tampa Bay Devil Rays Orlando Rays, Bakersfield Blaze, Durham Bulls
2003 Joe Mauer C Minnesota Twins Fort Myers Miracle, New Britain Rock Cats
2004 Jeff Francis P Colorado Rockies Tulsa Drillers, Colorado Springs Sky Sox
2005 Delmon Young OF Tampa Bay Devil Rays Montgomery Biscuits, Durham Bulls
2006 Alex Gordon 3B Kansas City Royals Wichita Wranglers
2007 Jay Bruce OF Cincinnati Reds Sarasota Reds, Chattanooga Lookouts, Louisville Bats
2008 Matt Wieters C Baltimore Orioles Frederick Keys, Bowie BaySox
2009 Jason Heyward OF Atlanta Braves Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Mississippi Braves, Gwinnett Braves
2010 Jeremy Hellickson P Tampa Bay Rays Durham Bulls
2011 Mike Trout OF Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Arkansas Travelers
2012 Wil Myers OF Kansas City Royals Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Omaha Storm Chasers
2013 Byron Buxton OF Minnesota Twins Cedar Rapids Kernels, Fort Myers Miracle
2014 Kris Bryant 3B Chicago Cubs Tennessee Smokies, Iowa Cubs
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