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Annual Hitting Leaders

This page lists the yearly batting average, home run, and RBI champions of the Midwest League, a Single-A minor baseball league with teams in several states. This table includes hitting leaders for the MWL predecessors the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League and the Illinois State League.


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These players lead the Midwest League in the "Triple Crown" stats: Batting Average, Home Runs, and Runs Batted In. There's one player on this list who went on to an exceptional career in the big leagues--Orlando Cepeda, who played at Kokomo in 1955. A fair number of these players had good to excellent major league careers--Dick Schofield (junior; Danville in 1982), Mark Grace (Peoria, 1986), and Gary Gaetti (Wisconsin Rapids, 1980) are three examples. Most, though, are players you won't remember unless you saw them play here.

A couple other players on this list deserve some attention. Grover "Deacon" Jones had an excellent season in Dubuque in 1956; he had another a decade later in the Fox Cities. Joey Meyer captured the triple crown while at Beloit in 1984.

And Moe Hill dominated the league in the mid-1970s (1973 triple crown; four homer titles). No one had a better MWL career.



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2000-09

  Batting Average Home Runs RBIs
Year Player Team BA Player Team HR Player Team RBI
2009 Alexis Amarista Cedar Rapids .319 Kyle Russell Great Lakes 26 Kyle Russell Great Lakes 102
2008 Ben Revere Beloit .379 Mike Moustakis Burlington 22 Mitch Moreland Clinton 99
2007 Gerardo Parra South Bend .320 Juan Francisco Dayton 25 Travis Snider Lansing 93
2006 Erik Lis Beloit .326 Jordan Renz Cedar Rapids 24 Jeff Baisley Kane County 110
2005 Eric Patterson Peoria .333 Ryan Harvey Peoria 24 David Winfree Beloit 101
2004 Brendan Ryan Peoria .322 Brian Dopirak Lansing 39 Vinny Rottino Beloit 124
2003 Alberto Callaspo Cedar Rapids .327 Jayson Drobiak Battle Creek 30 Prince Fielder Beloit 112
2002 Jason Stokes Kane County .341 Jason Stokes Kane County 27 Juan Tejeda West Michigan 106
2001 Jason Bay Clinton .362 Samone Peters Dayton 28 Wily Mo Pena Dayton 113
2000 Ryan Gripp Lansing .333 Austin Kearns Dayton 27 Jason Lane Michigan 104
Austin Kearns Dayton 104

1990-99

  Batting Average Home Runs RBIs
Year Player Team BA Player Team HR Player Team RBI
1999 Carlos Urquiola South Bend .362 Aaron McNeal Michigan 38 Aaron McNeal Michigan 131
1998 Pablo Ozuna Peoria .357 Bucky Jacobsen Beloit 27 Bucky Jacobsen Beloit 100
1997 Robert Fick West Michigan .341 Joe Freitas Peoria 33 Darron Ingram Burlington 97
1996 Kerry Robinson Peoria .359 Larry Barnes Cedar Rapids 27 Larry Barnes Cedar Rapids 112
1995 Demond Smith Cedar Rapids/
West Michigan
.338 Jesse Ibarra Burlington 34 Nilson Robledo South Bend 108
1994 Carlos Mendez Rockford .355 Matt Raleigh Burlington 34 Billy McMillon Kane County 101
1993 Homer Bush Waterloo .322 Joe Biasucci Springfield 26 Charles Johnson Kane County 94
1992 Orlando Palmiero Quad City .317 Steve Gibralter Cedar Rapids 19 Steve Gibralter Cedar Rapids 99
1991 Midre Cummings Kenosha .322 Paul Russo Kenosha 20 Paul Russo Kenosha 100
1990 Scott Cepicky South Bend .312 Fred Cooley Madison 22 John Byington Beloit 89

1980-89

  Batting Average Home Runs RBIs
Year Player Team BA Player Team HR Player Team RBI
1989 Adam Casillas Cedar Rapids .321 Tom Redington Burlington 17 Terrel Hansen Rockford 81
Cesar Bernhardt South Bend
1988 Ruben Gonzalez Wausau .314 Brian Hunter Burlington 22 Reggie Jefferson Cedar Rapids 90
Steve Davis Cedar Rapids
1987 Chip Hale Kenosha .345 Greg Vaughn Beloit 33 Todd Zeile Springfield 106
1986 Mark Grace Peoria .342 Luis Medina Waterloo 35 Luis Medina Waterloo 110
1985 Henry McCulla Springfield .317 Bernardo Brito Waterloo 29 Jim Winters Appleton 91
1984 Joey Meyer Beloit .320 Joey Meyer Beloit 30 Joey Meyer Beloit 102
1983 Javier Ortiz Burlington .352 Dave Heath Peoria 27 Curt Ford Springfield 91
1982 Dick Schofield Danville .360 Jeff Jones Cedar Rapids 42 Alan Hunsinger Springfield 102
1981 Ed Saavedra Waterloo .336 Glen Walker Wausau 35 Glen Walker Wausau 111
1980 Von Hayes Waterloo .329 Gary Gaetti Wisconsin Rapids 22 Greg Walker Appleton 98

1970-79

  Batting Average Home Runs RBIs
Year Player Team BA Player Team HR Player Team RBI
1979 Mitch Webster Clinton .326 Tom Anderson Waterloo 30 David Stockstill Wausau 101
1978 Bobby G. Smith Burlington .336 Billy Foley Burlington 34 Brian Harper Quad Cities 101
1977 Elmer Cardwell Wausau .332 Moe Hill Wisconsin Rapids 41 Moe Hill Wisconsin Rapids 112
1976 Don Pisker Dubuque .345 Moe Hill Wisconsin Rapids 30 Moe Hill Wisconsin Rapids 103
1975 Pedro Guerrero Danville .345 Moe Hill Wisconsin Rapids 31 Willie Aikens Quad Cities 91
1974 Moe Hill Wisconsin Rapids .339 Moe Hill Wisconsin Rapids 32 Moe Hill Wisconsin Rapids 113
1973 Jerry Remy Quad Cities .335 Randy Bass Wisconsin Rapids 21 Chet Lemon Burlington 88
1972 Duane Espy Danville .340 Lamar Johnson Appleton 20 Lamar Johnson Appleton 89
1971 Randy Crews Quincy .323 Gorman Thomas Danville 31 Lamar Johnson Appleton 97
1970 Cecil Cooper Danville .336 Roger Cain Burlington 23 Joe Bowen Danville 83

1960-69

  Batting Average Home Runs RBIs
Year Player Team BA Player Team HR Player Team RBI
1969 Ted Parks Waterloo .307 Chris Barkulis Quincy 18 William Parker Quad Cities 67
Robert Wissler Wisconsin Rapids Nick Van Lue Waterloo
1968 George Hendrick Burlington .327 Roe Skidmore Decatur 27 Roe Skidmore Decatur 94
1967 Charlie Manuel Wisconsin Rapids .313 Jim Williams Quincy 17 Charlie Manuel Wisconsin Rapids 70
Jim Williams Quincy
1966 Deacon Jones Fox Cities .353 Graig Nettles Wisconsin Rapids 28 Deacon Jones Fox Cities 80
1965 Dan DiPace Wisconsin Rapids .333 Randy Schwartz Burlington 29 John Oster Wisconsin Rapids 94
1964 Dave May Fox Cities .368 Rene Lachemann Burlington 24 Clarence Stanley Decatur 93
1963 Tommie Reynolds Burlington .332 Lincoln Curtis Cedar Rapids 28 Tommie Reynolds Burlington 88
Tony Horton Waterloo
1962 Tony Torchia Keokuk/
Midwest
.338 John Price Decatur 27 Tony Torchia Keokuk/
Midwest
94
1961 Antonio Martinez Quincy .368 Bob Lawrence Waterloo 30 Bob Lawrence Waterloo 127
1960 Julio Linares Quincy .324 Art Blunt Dubuque 26 Art Blunt Dubuque 92

1947-59

  Batting Average Home Runs RBIs
Year Player Team BA Player Team HR Player Team RBI
1959 Don Branson Keokuk .336 Dale Reichert Kokomo 30 Dale Reichert Kokomo 116
1958 Lou Johnson Paris .336 Gus Sancimino Kokomo 29 Fred Whitfield Keokuk 118
1957 Tommy Davis Kokomo .357 Don Gordon Dubuque 22 Don Gordon Dubuque 116
1956 Deacon Jones Dubuque .409 Carroll Gholson Paris 30 Deacon Jones Dubuque 120

Mississippi-Ohio Valley League

  Batting Average Home Runs RBIs
Year Player Team BA Player Team HR Player Team RBI
1955 Orlando Cepeda Kokomo .393 Walt Dixon Kokomo 24 Jimmy Lynn Dubuque 121
1954 John Lucadello Decatur .362 J. C. Dunn Hannibal 26 Joe Schmidt Paris 125
1953 Bob Schmidt Mt. Vernon .358 Ken Payne Paris 16 Jim Freeman Decatur 106
1952 Clint McCord Paris .392 Jim Zapp Paris 20 Jim Zapp Paris 136
1951 Clint McCord Paris .363 Lew Bekeza Centralia 16 Jim Given Mt. Vernon 119
Clint McCord Paris
1950 Jim Belz West Frankfort .349 Ken Dickens Vincennes 21 Lew Bezeka Centralia 120
1949 Malcolm "Bunny" Mick Belleville .354 Art Oliver Paducah 17 Dick Martz Paducah 100

Illinois State League

  Batting Average Home Runs RBIs
Year Player Team BA Player Team HR Player Team RBI
1948 Dick Martz Marion .361 Paul Deters Marion 8 Frank Porreca West Frankfort 94
1947 Billy Klaus Centralia .341 Rip Repulski West Frankfort 10 Billy Klaus Centralia 84

Sources:
News Sources.
Assorted Baseball America Almanacs.
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd ed, 1997.



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