Baseball America 2003 Player Of The Year

September 10, 2003

Baseball America will announce its 2003 Minor League Player Of The Year on Friday. Here are the 10 finalists in alphabetical order for the award with statistics and a brief capsule. Players who spent roughly half the season or less in the minors (such as Miguel Cabrera and Rich Harden) are not included, though they were considered for the award.


Josh Barfield, 2b, Padres

DOB: 12/17/82 Bats: R Throws: R
How Acquired: Drafted by Padres in fourth round of 2001 draft
2003 Season: California League MVP; led minor leagues in RBIs; led California League in hits, doubles, and extra-base hits
Tidbits: Hit .384 with runners in scoring position; had 15 games with three or more RBI

Josh Barfield
Josh Barfield

 

TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Lake Elsinore (High Class A) 135 549 99 185 46 6 16 128 50 122 16 .337 .389 .530



Travis Blackley
Travis Blackley

Travis Blackley, lhp, Mariners

DOB: 11/4/82 Bats: L Throws: L
How Acquired: Signed out of Australia by Mariners, October 2000
2003 Season: Texas League Pitcher of the Year; led league in wins while finishing 2nd in ERA and 4th in strikeouts and innings pitched
Tidbits: Did not suffer a loss after June 20; limited right-handed hitters to .181 opposing average; 1.06 ERA after the sixth inning

 

Team W-L ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
San Antonio (Double-A) 17-3 2.61 27 162.1 125 55 47 62 144



Bobby Crosby, ss, Athletics

DOB: 1/12/80 Bats: R Throws: R
How Acquired: Drafted by Athletics in first round (25th overall) of 2001 draft
2003 Season: Pacific Coast League All-Star and Rookie of the Year; finished 3rd in runs and slugging percentage, 5th in RBI
Tidbits: Hit .353 with 31 RBIs in last 30 games; 50 walks in final 81 games

Bobby Crosby
Bobby Crosby

 

TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Sacramento (Triple-A) 127 465 86 143 32 6 22 90 63 110 24 .308 .395 .544



Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder, 1b, Brewers

DOB: 5/9/84 Bats: L Throws: R
How Acquired: Drafted by Brewers in first round (seventh overall) of 2002 draft
2003 Season: Midwest League Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year; led league in RBIs, finished 2nd in home runs, on-base percentage and slugging, 3rd in batting average
Tidbits: Hit 12 home runs in July; 27 multi-RBI games, including a career high six on June 21

 

TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Beloit (Low Class A) 137 502 81 157 22 2 27 112 71 80 2 .313 .409 .526



Zack Greinke, rhp, Royals

DOB: 10/21/83 Bats: R Throws: R
How Acquired: Drafted by Royals in first round (6th overall) of 2002 draft
2003 Season: Carolina League Pitcher of the Year; finished year 15-4, 1.93 across two levels
Tidbits: Did not lose until June 10; allowed more than three earned runs once in 23 starts; never walked more than three batters in a game

Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke

 

Team W-L ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Wilmington (High Class A) 11-1 1.14 14 87.0 56 16 11 13 78
Wichita (Double-A) 4-3 3.23 9 53.0 58 20 19 5 34



Joe Mauer
Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer, c, Twins

DOB: 4/19/83 Bats: L Throws: R
How Acquired: Drafted by Twins in first round (first overall) of 2001 draft
2003 Season: Florida State League All-Star; Hit .338-5-85 between two levels with as many walks as strikeouts
Tidbits: Eastern League Player of the Month in July (.402); gunned down 36 of 69 (52%) opposing base stealers

 

TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Ft. Myers (High Class A) 62 233 25 78 13 1 1 44 24 24 3 .335 .395 .415
New Britain (Double-A) 73 276 48 94 17 1 4 41 25 25 0 .341 .400 .453



Dallas McPherson, 3b, Angels

DOB: 7/23/80 Bats: L Throws: R
How Acquired: Drafted by Angels in second round of 2001 draft
2003 Season: California League All-Star; .596 slugging percentage across two levels
Tidbits: Hit .575-8-17 during 11 game streak from 7/14-7/24; hit 3 HR with 8 RBIs on 8/11

Dallas McPherson
Dallas McPherson

 

TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Rancho Cucamonga (High Class A) 77 292 65 90 21 6 18 59 41 79 12 .308 .404 .606
Arkansas (Double-A) 28 102 22 32 9 1 5 27 19 25 4 .314 .426 .569



Greg Miller
Greg Miller

Greg Miller, lhp, Dodgers

DOB: 11/3/84 Bats: L Throws: L
How Acquired: Drafted by Dodgers in first round (31st overall) of 2002 draft
2003 Season: Florida State League All-Star; 0.97 ERA after June 1 (14 starts)
Tidbits: Allowed zero runs in six of last 12 games; opposing Texas League batters went 15-for-96 (.156) with 40 strikeouts; gave up one home run over final 73 innings

 

Team W-L ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
Vero Beach (High Class A) 11-4 2.49 21 115.2 103 40 32 41 111
Jacksonville (Double-A) 1-1 1.01 4 26.2 15 5 3 7 40



Jeremy Reed, of, White Sox

DOB: 7/23/80 Bats: L Throws: R
How Acquired: Drafted by White Sox in second round of 2002 draft
2003 Season: Led minor leagues in batting average, hitting .373-11-95 in 131 games across two levels with a BB/K ratio of nearly 2-to-1
Tidbits: Went 34-for-68 (.500) in first 17 Double-A games; struck out just three times in his final 85 at-bats; hit over .400 vs. both lefthanded and righthanded pitching in the Southern League

Jeremy Reed
Jeremy Reed

 

TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Winston-Salem (High Class A) 65 222 37 74 18 1 4 52 41 17 27 .333 .431 .477
Birmingham (Double-A) 66 242 51 99 17 3 7 43 29 19 18 .409 .474 .591



Alexis Rios
Alexis Rios

Alexis Rios, of, Blue Jays

DOB: 2/18/81 Bats: R Throws: R
How Acquired: Drafted by Blue Jays in first round (19th overall) of 1999 draft
2003 Season: Eastern League All-Star; led league in batting average and hits, finished among top five in doubles, triples, on-base percentage and slugging
Tidbits: Eastern League Player of the Month in August (.410-5-28); 58 multi-hit games; hit .350+ vs. both lefthanded and righthanded pitching

 

TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
New Haven (Double-A) 127 514 86 181 32 11 11 82 39 85 11 .352 .402 .521

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