November 2, 2010 - Eastern League (EL)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The 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.
2010 TOPPS/MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS-OF-THE-YEAR
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
(Statistics provided by Major League Baseball Advanced Media and do not reflect players' performances in other leagues.)
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