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2012 Triple-A Freitas Award Winner: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Josh Leventhal -

It may seem hard to believe now, but success was anything but guaranteed when Joe Finley and Craig Stein bought a baseball team and moved it to Allentown, Pa. For even though the veteran minor league operators were building a new downtown ballpark that they promised would rank among the best in the minors, the Lehigh Valley area was hardly uncharted territory, and locals skeptical about supporting another team could simply point to the memory of a half-built stadium on the outskirts of town as a reminder of past failures.

Minors | #2012#Awards#Freitas Awards

The Case For Posey As BA Player Of The Year

Matt Eddy -

Angels center fielder Mike Trout wowed the baseball world with an all-around rookie season the likes of which we may never see again. He was overqualified for the Baseball America Rookie of the Year award, which he won in a unanimous vote. Trout also won the BA Major League Player of the Year award, though in that case other players received first-place recognition in the balloting. Chief among the other vote-getters were Giants catcher Buster Posey and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs won the American League's triple crown, the first in 45 years. And while Cabrera has gotten his share of attention in postseason debates, less attention has been paid to how good a season Posey had.

Majors | #2012#Awards#Player Of The Year

2012 Minor League Player Of The Year: Wil Myers

J.J. Cooper -

Wil Myers finished second in the minors in home runs behind only the Phillies Darin Ruf. His 37 home runs were 23 more than his previous high for a season, and despite the strikeouts, he did it while continuing to hit for average. He was hitting .313/.387/.600 between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. Game-changing power as a 21-year-old rounded Myers' game out perfectly, and it also made him Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year.

Minors | #2012#Awards#Player Of The Year