Some of this year’s MLB offensive leaders, including both batting champions, are Midwest League alumni. Here is a look at what they did this year, as well as their MWL statistics.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera batted .338 to win his fourth American League batting crown. He is the first MLB player to win four batting titles in a five-year stretch since Tony Gwynn won four straight from 1994-97 with the San Diego Padres. Cabrera also led the AL with a .440 on-base percentage. He played 110 games with the 2001 Kane County Cougars, batting .268 with 7 HR and 66 RBI.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout led the AL in slugging percentage (.590) and wins above replacement (9.4). He was named the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year in 2010 after batting .362 with 6 HR, 39 RBI and 45 SB in 81 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson led the AL in extra-base hits (84), runs batted in (123), runs scored (122), and total bases (352). As a catcher for the 2008 Peoria Chiefs, he batted .217 with 6 HR and 23 RBI in 63 games.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario led the AL with 15 triples. He batted .296 with 12 HR, 70 RBI and four triples in 95 games with the 2012 Beloit Snappers.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer was hit by 24 pitches, the most in the AL. He batted .269 with 14 HR, 38 RBI and 22 SB — and was hit by 13 pitches — in 88 games with the 2008 Peoria Chiefs.
Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon led the National League in batting average (.333), hits (205), singles (169), and stolen bases (58). He is the first player to lead the NL in batting average and stolen bases in the same season since Jackie Robinson had a .342 BA and 37 SB for the 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers. Gordon was the Midwest League Prospect of the Year and co-MVP in 2009 when he batted .301 with 3 HR, 35 RBI and 73 SB in 131 games with the Great Lakes Loons.
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter led the NL with 44 doubles. He batted .295 with six doubles and 10 RBI in 29 games with the 2009 Quad Cities River Bandits.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto led the NL with 143 walks. As a minor-leaguer he played 171 games with the 2003-04 Dayton Dragons, and rehabbed with the team twice as a major-leaguer (two games in 2009 and three games in 2012). He cumulatively batted .279 with 16 HR, 96 RBI and 118 walks with the Dragons.