INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

The Most Valuable Rookie Player in the International League

The International League is one of the oldest, most respected, and most talent filled systems in the entire country. The International League Rookie of the Year award is given annually to the best player in the league during the season and what follows below is a comprehensive list of every former International League Rookie of the Year recipient.

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"I never even thought about playing baseball as a profession. I never thought I wanted to play major league baseball. It never entered my mind growing up. It was just one of those things that happened. Now, when I look back on it, it was a great time." - Randy Jackson (1950 International League Rookie of the Year)

International League Rookie of the Year

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International League Rookie of the Year Award

1950
3B
Springfield Cubs ( Cubs )
1951
3B
Montreal Royals ( Dodgers )
1952
SS
Rochester Red Wings ( Cardinals )
1953
P
Ottawa A's ( Athletics )
1954
P
Syracuse Chiefs ( Phillies )
1955
P
Rochester Red Wings ( Cardinals )
1956
P
Montreal Royals ( Dodgers )
1957
P
Buffalo Bisons ( Athletics )
1958
1B
Havana Sugar Kings ( Redlegs )
1959
OF
Rochester Red Wings ( Cardinals )
1960
SS
Buffalo Bisons ( Phillies )
1961
SS
Richmond Virginians ( Yankees )
1962
3B
Columbus Jets ( Pirates )
1963
3B
Indianapolis Indians ( White Sox )
1964
OF
Syracuse Chiefs ( Tigers )
1965
3B
Toronto Maple Leafs ( Red Sox )
1966
1B
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1967
OF
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1968
OF
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1969
SS
Louisville Colonels ( Red Sox )
1970
OF
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1971
OF
Syracuse Chiefs ( Yankees )
1972
OF
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1973
OF
Syracuse Chiefs ( Yankees )
1974
OF
Pawtucket Red Sox ( Red Sox )
1975
OF
Tidewater Tides ( Mets )
1976
2B
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1977
C
Richmond Braves ( Braves )
1978
2B
Richmond Braves ( Braves )
1979
OF
Tidewater Tides ( Mets )
1980
SS
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1981
3B
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1982
3B
Richmond Braves ( Braves )
1983
OF
Richmond Braves ( Braves )
1984
C
Columbus Clippers ( Yankees )
1985
OF
Columbus Clippers ( Yankees )
1986
1B
Columbus Clippers ( Yankees )
1987
1B
Tidewater Tides ( Mets )
1988
OF
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1989
C
Syracuse Chiefs ( Blue Jays )
1990
OF
Pawtucket Red Sox ( Red Sox )
1991
OF
Rochester Red Wings ( Orioles )
1992
1B
Columbus Clippers ( Yankees )
1993
SS
Richmond Braves ( Braves )
1994
OF
Syracuse Chiefs ( Blue Jays )
1995
P
Norfolk Tides ( Mets )
1996
OF
Charlotte Knights ( Marlins )
1997
P
Pawtucket Red Sox ( Red Sox )
1998
2B
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons ( Phillies )
1999
Kurt Bierek (1)
1B
Columbus Clippers ( Yankees )
2000
3B
Durham Bulls ( Rays )
2001
P
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons ( Phillies )
2002
OF
Durham Bulls ( Rays )
2003
2B
Charlotte Knights ( White Sox )
2004
OF
Rochester Red Wings ( Twins )
2005
P
Rochester Red Wings ( Twins )
2006
3B
Charlotte Knights ( White Sox )
2007
1B
Louisville Bats ( Reds )
2008
1B
Rochester Red Wings ( Twins )
2009
OF
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders ( Yankees )
2010
1B
Gwinnett Braves ( Braves )
2011
P
Gwinnett Braves ( Braves )
2012
Ernesto Mejia (1)
1B
Gwinnett Braves ( Braves )
2013
1B
Rochester Red Wings ( Twins )
2014
OF
Syracuse Chiefs ( Nationals )
2015
OF
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders ( Yankees )
2016
OF
Columbus Clippers ( Indians )
2017
1B
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs ( Phillies )
2018
Joey Meneses (1)
1B
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs ( Phillies )
2019
OF
Louisville Bats ( Reds )
2020
No Selection Made
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Cancelled Season / COVID-19
2021
Not Yet Announced (x)
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To Be Determined (--)
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Did you know that Don Buford (1963), Joe Foy (1965), Mike Epstein (1966), Merv Rettenmund (1968), Luis Alvarado (1969), Roger Freed (1970), Jim Rice (1974), Mike Vail (1975), Rich Dauer (1976), Scott Bradley (1984), Dan Pasqua (1985), Randy Milligan (1987), J.T. Snow (1992), Chris Colabello (2013), Rhys Hoskins (2017), and Joey Meneses (2018) each won the International League Rookie of the Year AND the International League Most Valuable Player Award during the same seasons respectively?

More than seventy-five years of history and only three players who won this award failed to make it into the big leagues — both their names are gray (non-linked).

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