Another Award For Aeros' Brown

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown of the Akron Aeros keeps picking up honors after another good season. The young first baseman-outfielder was named Class AA Eastern League Player of the Year by Topps on Tuesday. Earlier, Brown was voted the MVP award in the league. A year ago, Brown won the MVP in the Class A Carolina League after helping Kinston win the championship.

The farm systems for Detroit, San Diego and Tampa Bay each had two of their farmhands earn Topps Player of the Year honors.

The annual George M. Trautman Awards are presented in each of the 16 domestic Minor Leagues by the Topps Company of New York in conjunction with Minor League Baseball. Brown (Eastern League), Chase Headley (Texas), Bubba Bell (California), Luis Durango (Northwest), Anthony Norman (Arizona) and Alfredo Silverio (Gulf Coast) all were league batting champions who also won Topps honors.

Headley and Bell also led their league in slugging percentage and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).

Other Topps winners included Mike Hessman, the top home run hitter and run producer in the International League. Geovany Soto (Pacific Coast), Clint Robinson (Pioneer) and Silverio also led their respective leagues in RBI.

There were two ties among the league winners. Montgomery teammates Evan Longoria and Chris Mason, one of two pitchers honored, are co-winners in the Southern League. Durango shares Northwest accolades with Salem Keizer's Matt Downs, who finished second in the league in batting average and first with 33 doubles and 68 runs.

Here's the list of winners:

TOPPS 2007 MINOR-LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

LEAGUE

PLAYER

MLB ORG.

POS

HR

RBI

AVG

International

Mike Hessman

Tigers

3B

31

101

.254

Pacific Coast

Geovany Soto

Cubs

C

26

109

.353

Eastern

Jordan Brown

Indians

1B

11

76

.333

Southern (tie)

Evan Longoria

Rays

3B

21

76

.307

LEAGUE

PLAYER

MLB ORG.

POS

W

L

ERA

Southern (tie)

Chris Mason

Rays

P

15

4

.257

LEAGUE

PLAYER

MLB ORG.

POS

HR

RBI

AVG

Texas

Chase Headley

Padres

3B

20

78

.330

California

Bubba Bell

Red Sox

OF

22

83

.370

Carolina

Mitch Einertson

Astros

OF

11

87

.305

Florida State

Josh Kruezer

Blue Jays

1B

20

71

.309

Midwest

Gorkys Hernandez

Tigers

OF

4

50

.293

South Atlantic

John Raynor

Marlins

OF

13

57

.333

LEAGUE

PLAYER

MLB ORG.

POS

W

L

ERA

NY-Penn

Dylan Owen

Mets

P

9

1

1.49

LEAGUE

PLAYER

MLB ORG.

POS

HR

RBI

AVG

Northwest (tie)

Matt Downs

Giants

2B

8

48

.338

Northwest (tie)

Luis Durango

Padres

OF

2

32

.367

Appalachian

Ozzie Lewis

Twins

OF

9

50

.323

Pioneer

Clint Robinson

Royals

1B

15

66

.336

Gulf Coast

Alfredo Silverio

Dodgers

OF

6

46

.373

Arizona

Anthony Norman

Angels

OF

0

33

.362



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