The Reading Phillies first baseman hit 20 of his 38 homers in August on his way to winning Eastern League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. Ruf's unbelievable August tied the professional record for home runs in a month set by Sammy Sosa in June 1998.
Hamilton is the Topps California League Player of the Year. The shortstop began his season with the Bakersfield Blaze, hitting .323 and stealing 104 bases in just 82 games. He then stole another 51 bases after a promotion to Double-A® Pensacola to break Vince Coleman's mark of 145 set in 1983 with the Macon Redbirds.
The other Philadelphia Phillies Minor League winner, besides Ruf, is Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs right-hander Tyler Cloyd (International). The two Pittsburgh farmhands are outfielder Gregory Polanco of the West Virginia Power (South Atlantic) and shortstop Dilson Herrera of the Gulf Coast League Pirates. Toronto's honorees include pitchers Justin Nicolino of the Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest) and Taylor Cole (Northwest) of the Vancouver Canadians.
Topps salutes the top performances throughout Minor League Baseball, including monthly awards and all-star teams in each classification.
2012 TOPPS/MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
|International||Tyler Cloyd||Lehigh Valley||PHI||P||12-1-2.35|
|Pacific Coast||Wil Myers||Omaha||KC||OF||.304-24-79|
|Florida State||Christian Yelich||Jupiter||MIA||OF||.330-12-48|
|South Atlantic||Gregory Polanco||West Virginia||PIT||OF||.325-16-85|
|New York-Penn||Taylor Guerrieri||Hudson Valley||TB||P||1-2-1.04|
|Pioneer||David Dahl||Grand Junction||COL||OF||.379-9-57|
|Arizona||Joey Gallo||AZL Rangers||TEX||3B||.293-18-43|
|Gulf Coast||Dilson Herrera||GCL Pirates||PIT||SS||.281-7-27|