Past Futures Game MVPs

After a lengthy rain delay, the 2009 Futures Game got underway a couple hours ago.  (John Sickels waited out the delay and is still running an open thread at Minor League Ball.)

The Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award is named after Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first African-American player in the American League.  Larry Doby Award winners are listed below (MLB.com didn’t have a list, but they provided box scores for the 2001-08 games; the telecast noted Alfonso Soriano as the 1999 MVP; in the end, the BR.com Bullpen had the full list, under the “Larry Doby Award” title).  I’ve linked to each player’s Baseball-Reference.com page.

2008: Che-Hsuan Lin, Boston Red Sox
Greenville (A, South Atlantic): 5 HR, 37 RBI, 33 SB, .249 BA, .342/.359/.701

2007: Chin-Lung Hu, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jacksonville (AA, Southern)/Las Vegas (Pacific Coast): 14 HR, 62 RBI, .325 BA, .364/.507/.871

2006: Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Wichita (AA, Texas): 15 HR, 96 RBI, .331 BA, .388/.499/.887

2005: Justin Huber, Kansas City Royals
Wichita (AA, Texas)/Omaha (AAA, Pacific Coast): 23 HR, 97 RBI, .326 BA, .417/.560/.978

2004: Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays
New Hampshire (AA, Eastern): 11 HR, 80 RBI, .279 BA, .368/.410/.779

2003: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians
Akron (AA, Eastern): 13 HR, 78 RBI, .304 BA, .373/.480/.853

2002: Jose Reyes, New York Mets
St. Lucie (A+, Florida State)/Binghamton (AA, Eastern): 8 HR, 62 RBI, 58 SB, .288 BA, .343/.444/.787

2001: Toby Hall, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Durham (AAA, International): 19 HR, 72 RBI, .335 BA, .385/.568/.953

2000: Sean Burroughs, San Diego Padres
Mobile (AA, Southern): 2 HR, 42 RBI, .291 BA, .383/.401/.783

1999: Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees
Yankees (Rookie, Gulf Coast)/Norwich (Eastern)/Columbus (International): 18 HR, 84 RBI, .281 BA, .337/.474/.811

Update: Rene Tosoni (Twins, AA, New Britain) took home the 2009 Larry Doby Award.  Tosoni pinch-hit an RBI double in the seventh to give the World team a 6-5 lead.  Dayan Viciedo drove him in for the final margin of victory.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Andrew on July 13, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Really not an indicator of future stardom, is it?

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  2. Not really, no. Hill, Reyes, Sizemore, and Soriano are the only ones I would feel comfortable labeling as “stars” at any point. And how about Burroughs? The guy did just about everything one could do on a baseball diamond, from Little League to the Futures Game, short of becoming a good major league player.

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