Butch Wynegar played a season of rookie league and a season of A level ball in the Minnesota farm system before he leap-frogged over AA and AAA to become the opening day starting catcher for the Twins in 1976.
In 1976 only 5 players received votes for Rookie of the year. In the NL Butch Metzger and Pat Zachry were co-ROYs with 11 votes each. Hector Cruz received 2 votes. All 3 were included in the 1976 Topps set.
In the AL, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych was the run-away ROY winner with 22 votes. Butch Wynegar received 2. Both AL candidates were selected to the 1976 All Star team. Fidrych was the starting pitcher. Wynegar made a brief appearance as a pinch hitter. Yet Neither were included in the 1976 Topps set. In one of my earlier posts I created a rookie card for Fidrych. Now all of the 1976 ROY candidates have cards.