Oyo

If you haven’t encountered them yet, Oyo Sportstoys are basically like little Lego minifigures, but with sports team licensing. Oyo’s intersection with Minor League Baseball came early in the company’s development, as teams began to offer minor league players in Oyo form for sale at stadium gift shops or given away as promotions. For a few years, Oyo was also selling minor league figurines on their website. 2014 was the year that the most minor league Oyo were produced, and the decline was pretty sharp after that peak. It must not have been the most profitable arm of their business, though, as they no longer sell them directly. The toys are still made for minor league teams to give out as promos, though these are not available for purchase except for after-market sales such as on ebay.

I first discovered Oyo around 2013, at the time they were selling directly from the website, and I bought a few, including Mike Trout for the Salt Lake Bees and Manny Machado for the Delmarva Shorebirds. I collected a few more at minor league games and I think I have 6 or 7 total. When I realized that the toys were no longer available from the website, I felt an impulse to catalog the minor league figures and collect whatever images I can before some are lost to the ages. This is the minor league Oyo page.

 

2012

Derek Jeter Columbus Clippers

Dominic Brown Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Erik Kratz Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Ryne Sandberg Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Cody Overbeck Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Rich Thompson Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Gerrit Cole Bradenton Marauders

Jameson Taillon Bradenton Marauders

Ryan Kalish Pawtucket Red Sox

Ryan Lavarnway Pawtucket Red Sox

 

2013

Clayton Kershaw Great Lakes Loons

Justin Verlander Erie Seawolves

Tyler Cloyd Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Xander Bogaerts Pawtucket Red Sox

Mike Trout Salt Lake Bees

Clint Coulter Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Matt Erickson Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Mitch Haniger Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Victor Roache Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Tyler Thornburg Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

2014

Allen Webster Pawtucket Red Sox

Anthony Ranaudo Pawtucket Red Sox

Bryce Brentz Pawtucket Red Sox

Bryce Harper Harrisburg Senators

Byron Buxton Fort Myers Miracle

Cesar Hernandez Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Christian Vasquez Pawtucket Red Sox

Cody Asche Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Cody Overbeck Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Darin Ruf Lehigh Valley IronPigs

David Ortiz New Britain Rock Cats

Dee Gordon Great Lakes Loons

Dylan Bundy Delmarva Shorebirds

Eric Hosmer Omaha Storm Chasers

Garin Cecchini Pawtucket Red Sox

Jackie Bradley Jr. Pawtucket Red Sox

Jesse Biddle Reading Fightin Phils

Jonathan Pettibone Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Manny Machado Delmarva Shorebirds

Mike Trout Salt Lake Bees

Ryan Lavarnway Pawtucket Red Sox

Salvador Perez Omaha Storm Chasers

Stephen Strasburg Harrisburg Senators

Tommy Joseph Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Wil Myers Omaha Storm Chasers

Zack Lee Great Lakes Loons

Carson Kelly Peoria Chiefs

Alex Reyes Peoria Chiefs

Cameron Rupp Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Ben Verlander West Michigan Whitecaps

Rob Kaminsky Peoria Chiefs

Scooter Gennett Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Derek Jeter Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Mike Yastrzemski Abeerdeen Ironbirds

 

2015

Andrew McCutchen Altoona Curve

Blake Swihart Pawtucket Red Sox

Chris Sale Winston-Salem Dash

Clayton Kershaw Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Derek Holland Frisco Roughriders

Deven Marrero Pawtucket Red Sox

Henry Owens Pawtucket Red Sox

Michael Taylor Harrisburg Senators

Russell Wilson Asheville Tourists

Russell Wilson Tri-City Dust Devils

Travis Shaw Pawtucket Red Sox

Yasiel Puig Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Khris Davis Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Jake Gatewood Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Jonathan Lucroy Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Monte Harrison Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Kodi Medeiros Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Cameron Rupp Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Steven Moya Erie Seawolves

 

2016

Mike Trout Arkansas Travelers

Mike Trout Salt Lake Bees

Aaron Judge Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Corey Seager  Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Matt Kemp Las Vegas 51s

Noah Syndergaard Las Vegas 51s

 

2017

Mookie Betts Lowell Spinners

Billy Hamilton Dayton Dragons

Eric Hosmer Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Francisco  Lindor Columbus Clippers

Jason Kipnis Columbus Clippers

Orlando Arcia Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Bryce Harper Harrisburg Senators

 

2018

Mike Trout Salt Lake Bees