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Laird and Mesa named Player of the Year

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 02, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Pretty convenient timing. On the day Melky Mesa was added to the Yankees 40-man roster, he was also named the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year for the Florida State League. Brandon Laird was also chosen as a Player of the Year, with his award coming in the Eastern League. Here’s the announcement from MILB.

ph_444859ph_477186The Washington Nationals and New York Yankees each had a pair of their prospects, who also were named their league’s most valuable player, selected as a Topps Player of the Year winner. Fourteen Major League organizations are represented 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.

Potomac Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore led the Carolina League in home runs, RBIs, doubles, slugging percentage, extra base hits and total bases in being named the Topps Player of the Year in the Class A loop. Randolph Oduber is the other Washington Minor Leaguer to claim a Topps award. Oduber finished in the top five in eight offensive categories in the Gulf Coast League, including leading it in batting average and slugging percentage.

Trenton third baseman Brandon Laird won the Eastern League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year awards. He finished in the top five in the league in homers and RBIs, despite being promoted to Triple-A in early August. The second Yankees honoree is Tampa outfielder Melky Mesa, who was among the Florida State League leaders in home runs, doubles, triples, RBIs, slugging percentage and extra base hits.

Topps salutes the top performances throughout Minor League Baseball, including monthly awards and all-star teams in each classification.

League

Winner

Club/Org.

POS.

International

Dan Johnson

Durham/Tampa Bay

1B

Pacific Coast

J.P. Arencibia

Las Vegas/Toronto

C

Eastern

Brandon Laird

Trenton/New York-AL

3B

Southern

Dave Sappelt

Carolina/Cincinnati

OF

Texas

Mike Moustakas

NW Arkansas/Kansas City

3B

California

Paul Goldschmidt

Visalia/Arizona

1B

Carolina

Tyler Moore

Potomac/Washington

1B

Florida State

Melky Mesa

Tampa/New York-AL

OF

Midwest

Mike Trout

Cedar Rapids/Los Angeles-AL

OF

S. Atlantic

J.D Martinez

Lexington/Houston

OF

NY-Penn

Cory Vaughn

Brooklyn/New York-NL

OF

Northwest

Jared Hoying

Spokane/Texas

OF

Appalachian

Oswaldo Arcia

Elizabethton/Minnesota

OF

Pioneer

Jake Lemmerman

Ogden/Los Angeles-NL

SS

Arizona

Ji-Man Choi

Mariners/Seattle

C

Gulf Coast

Randolph Oduber

Nationals/Washington

OF

 
 

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