Santana was an Eastern League mid and postseason all-star selection. The native of Venezuela played for the World Team in the Futures Game in St. Louis.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays each had two farmhands honored and 13 farm systems overall are represented.
One of the Tampa Bay players honored, outfielder Desmond Jennings, was drafted by the Indians, but did not sign with Cleveland. The Tribe picked him in the 18th round in 2005, but he also had a football scholarship to Alabama and turned down Cleveland's contract offers.
Jennings, a quarterback in high school, instead went to Itawamba (Miss.) Community College to try and pick up his grades. He switched to wide receiver and led the nation in receiving.
The Rays picked him in the 10th round in 2006 and he took their $150,000 signing bonus and has risen quickly through their farm system.
Jennings was among the Southern League leaders in batting average (.316), stolen bases (37), triples (8), on-base percentage (.395) and slugging percentage (.485) in 2009 despite playing only 100 games before being promoted to Triple-A Durham, where he batted .325 with 15 more steals in 32 games.
2009 TOPPS/MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS-OF-THE-YEAR
Player Club/Organization Pos. AVG HR RBI International League Shelley Duncan Scranton/W-B/NY-AL OF .277 30 99 Pacific Coast League Randy Ruiz Las Vegas/Toronto 1B .320 25 106 Eastern League Carlos Santana Akron/Cleveland C .290 23 97 Southern League Desmond Jennings Montgomery/Tampa Bay OF .316 8 45 Texas League Chris Carter Midland/Oakland 1B .337 24 101 California League Alex Liddi High Desert/Seattle 3B .345 23 104 Carolina League Brandon Waring Frederick/Baltimore 1B .273 26 90 Florida State League Austin Romine Tampa/New York-AL C .276 13 72 Midwest League Dee Gordon Great Lakes/LA-NL SS .301 3 35 South Atlantic League Jordan Pacheco Asheville/Colorado C .322 13 79 New York-Penn League Alexander Colome Hudson Valley/TB P (7-4, 1.66 ERA) Northwest League Drew Biery Salem-Keizer/SF 3B .326 6 48 Appalachian League Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg Danville/Atlanta 1B .359 8 53 Pioneer League Brian Cavazos-Galvez Ogden/LA-NL OF .322 18 63 Arizona League Cody Decker Padres/San Diego 1B .354 15 63 Gulf Coast League Eury Perez Nationals/Washington OF .381 3 24(Statistics do not include what players did in other leagues in 2009.)