1. Nick Swisher
Nick Swisher made it a clean sweep by winning the readers’ and staff’s polls for best A’s minor league outfielder in 2004. For a recap of his stellar season, please click here.
2. Javier Herrera
Javier Herrera was left off of the readers’ picks, but he wasn’t left off of too many other post-season award polls. Baseball America tabbed Herrera as the top prospect in the Northwest League and he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Northwest League. Herrera did practically everything well in his 2004 season: he hit for high average (.331), hit for power (12 homeruns, 15 doubles and 4 triples in 63 games), ran well (23 stolen bases in 24 opportunities), and played strong defense. Although Herrera has been with the A’s organization for a few years, he will only be 20 years old entering next season. He is one of the A’s best five-tool prospects and the A’s will keep a close eye on him as he advances through the minor leagues.
3. Jason Perry and Brian Stavisky (tie)
It is only appropriate that Jason Perry and Brian Stavisky tied in the staff vote. The two Modesto A’s outfielders formed the most formidable middle of the order in the California League. Click here to read about Perry’s monster Modesto campaign.
Stavisky won the Cal League Most Valuable Player award for his stellar work at the plate. Stavisky hit .343 for the season with 19 homeruns and 83 RBI. He reached base over 200 times and scored 108 runs. Stavisky, like Perry, is a bit old for A ball, but he can catch up to his age group quickly with a strong early showing in AA next season.