Hard-hitting Bryant, Gallo Power Prospect All-Star Team

All statistics through games of June 30. An asterisk (*) denotes lefthanded batter/pitcher, while a pound sign (#) signifies switch-hitter. A plus sign (+) is used when a player received a one-level promotion during the season, though the level at which he accumulated most of his statistics is listed.

Minor League All-Star Team

Multi-tooled prospects Mookie Betts and Gregory Polanco made their big league debuts in June, brandishing well-rounded skill sets with plus strike-zone management that led to instant results versus big league pitchers. Elsewhere, elite power prospects Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo vied for the minor league home run crown, while Athletics 2012 supplemental first-rounder Matt Olson mounted a late charge with 10 bombs in June.

In all, nine preseason Top 100 Prospects made the midseason all-star team: Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (No. 8), Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco (10), Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (37), Red Sox lefthander Henry Owens (40), Pirates righthander Tyler Glasnow (46), Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (60), Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts (75), Blue Jays lefty Daniel Norris (91) and Brewers righty Jimmy Nelson (96).

Pos Batter, Org (Level) Age AVG OBP SLG AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB
C Kevin Plawecki, Mets (AA+) 23 .310 .365 .473 239 74 18 0 7 18 28 0
Improving defense behind plate blends well with well-rounded batting profile and skills
1B *Matt Olson, Athletics (HiA) 20 .252 .399 .538 290 73 14 0 23 68 72 1
Big lefty bat improved strikeout rate and led California League in home runs and walks
2B Mookie Betts, Red Sox (AA+) 21 .345 .437 .520 304 105 21 4 8 51 33 28
Elite hand-eye coordination, athleticism and plate discipline help power and speed play up
3B Kris Bryant, Cubs (AA+) 22 .352 .451 .717 293 103 23 0 28 49 93 8
No. 2 overall pick in 2013 reaches Triple-A, contends for overall minor league triple crown
SS *Corey Seager, Dodgers (HiA) 20 .344 .397 .608 288 99 30 2 14 22 67 5
Kyle’s younger brother led Cal League in hits and doubles, edges Carlos Correa, J.P. Crawford
CF Michael Taylor, Nationals (AA) 23 .324 .403 .562 299 97 13 2 18 37 102 22
Top power/speed prospect in minors has improved strikeout rate each month
OF *Gregory Polanco, Pirates (AAA) 22 .347 .405 .540 248 86 17 5 7 24 44 15
Five-tool prospect mastered Triple-A to earn early-June callup to majors, where he thrived
OF *Jesse Winker, Reds (HiA+) 20 .299 .415 .529 244 73 17 0 13 50 56 5
Big lefty bat showed impressive power and patience to earn midseason bump to Double-A
DH *Joey Gallo, Rangers (HiA+) 20 .313 .443 .726 259 81 14 3 29 61 98 5
Tightened strike zone has Gallo gunning for a second straight minor league home run title
Pos Pitcher, Org (Level) Age W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO
SP Jose Berrios, Twins (HiA) 20 8 3 2.09 15 15 0 90 72 4 22 105
Breakout prospect has one of minors’ highest strikeout rates, chance for three plus pitches
SP Tyler Glasnow, Pirates (HiA) 20 4 3 1.73 12 12 0 58 29 1 36 66
Lower-back tightness led to late start, but he rounded into form in June (0.70 ERA, 0.94 WHIP)
SP Jimmy Nelson, Brewers (AAA) 25 9 2 1.66 15 14 0 97 62 3 29 105
Led Pacific Coast League in strikeouts and average (.180) with improved control of quality stuff
SP *Daniel Norris, Blue Jays (HiA+) 21 7 0 1.63 16 16 0 83 60 2 24 101
Career turnaround continues with elite strikeout rate, second-half bump to Double-A
SP *Henry Owens, Red Sox (AA) 21 10 3 2.25 15 15 0 92 59 5 37 95
Tall, lanky lefty improves walk rate and led Eastern League in all triple crown categories
RP Cam Bedrosian, Angels (AA+) 22 1 0 1.61 26 0 11 28 7 1 10 50
2010 first-rounder finds niche in bullpen—just like father Steve—and makes big league debut

Major League All-Rookie Team

The top six rookies on the Baseball America top 20 preseason ranking—in order, Xander BogaertsMasahiro TanakaJose AbreuNick CastellanosGeorge Springer and Yordano Ventura—all figure prominently on the midseason all-rookie team. However, injuries both short-term and longer-term sabotaged the projected top rookie starters. Archie Bradley (elbow), James Paxton (shoulder), Noah Syndergaard (elbow), Jameson Taillon (Tommy John surgery) and Taijuan Walker (shoulder) all spent time on the disabled list in the first half.

As the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu starred on last year’s midseason all-rookie team, and the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and the Athletics’ Yoenis Cespedes highlighted the 2012 version, international professionals once again took the day. Yankees righthander Masahiro Tanaka (Japan) might have won the Cy Young Award if the season ended on July 1, while White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (Cuba) would garner MVP votes.

Pos Batter, Team Age AVG OBP SLG AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB
C Josmil Pinto, Twins 25 .222 .323 .407 135 30 4 0 7 20 36 0
He’s on Triple-A disabled list, but Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud (.205/.286/.318) is only competition
1B Jose Abreu, White Sox 27 .279 .328 .625 272 76 17 1 25 17 71 0
Former Cuban star leads AL in home runs, RBIs (67) and slugging (or $68 million well spent)
2B *Tommy La Stella, Braves 25 .282 .360 .355 110 31 6 1 0 14 11 2
Braves pull plug on Dan Uggla, receive boost from rookie with supreme batting eye
3B Nick Castellanos, Tigers 22 .272 .312 .418 261 71 18 1 6 16 59 2
Tigers don’t skip a beat with young regular, who hit .365 with .886 OPS in 26 June games
SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox 21 .248 .328 .276 290 72 17 1 6 28 76 2
Inexperience shows at times, but talent is obvious, plus he plays both left-side infield positions
CF #Billy Hamilton, Reds 23 .281 .312 .402 281 79 16 3 4 13 55 34
Uber-athlete comes as advertised, hitting for average, stealing bags and playing Gold Glove ‘D’
OF *Kevin Kiermaier, Rays 24 .319 .361 .611 113 36 8 2 7 7 25 1
Overachiever adds power to package of plus speed and supreme outfield defense
OF George Springer, Astros 24 .245 .353 .482 245 60 8 1 16 34 94 3
Mid-April callup brought power and patience from minors, but also AL-leading strikeout total
DH #Yangervis Solarte, Yankees 26 .264 .346 .400 235 62 14 0 6 28 31 0
Minor league free agent find shows feel to hit, while filling in at second and third base
Pos Pitcher, Team  Age W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO
SP *Roenis Elias, Mariners 25 7 6 3.96 17 17 0 105 89 12 36 87
Low-key Cuban import delivers volume and solid ratios as rock-solid No. 4-type arm
SP Collin McHugh, Astros 27 4 7 3.22 13 13 0 78 54 8 31 89
Waiver claim helps key Astros’ league-average-ish pitching staff with enhanced curveball
SP Jake Odorizzi, Rays 24 3 7 4.14 16 16 0 83 76 7 34 97
Injuries to Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore create ample opportunity for rookie
SP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees 25 11 3 2.10 16 16 0 116 92 13 18 127
Best pitcher in baseball during first half led AL in wins and ERA, with elite WHIP and SO rate
SP Yordano Ventura, Royals 23 5 7 3.26 15 15 0 88 87 7 25 76
Hardest-throwing rookie (96 mph on average) sports best walk rate since Rookie ball
RP Dellin Betances, Yankees 26 4 0 1.50 35 0 0 48 21 1 16 76
Move to bullpen unlocks full potential of 6-foot-8 righty’s 96 mph fastball

Minor League All-Surprise Team

Most of the following players appear in the 2014 Prospect Handbook, though in most cases they’re ranked well outside the top 10. That could change if they keep pace in the second half. Last year’s all-surprise team featured big leaguers-to-be Mookie BettsAnthony DeSclafaniTaylor JordanKevin PillarDanny SalazarShae Simmons and Joey Terdoslavich.

Pos Batter, Org (Level) Age AVG OBP SLG AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB
C *Chance Sisco, Orioles (LoA) 19 .338 .408 .454 216 73 16 0 3 21 46 1
2013 second-rounder delivers on offensive promise, ranking among SAL leaders in AVG, OBP
1B *Jake Bauers, Padres (LoA) 18 .354 .429 .523 195 69 9 3 6 26 35 5
Midwest League first-half batting leader shows feel to hit, gap power and plate awareness
2B Rob Refsnyder, Yankees (AA+) 23 .344 .410 .561 294 101 23 7 9 30 53 7
College right fielder needs more reps at keystone, but he hits with authority and controls zone
3B *Jake Lamb, D-backs (AA) 23 .315 .387 .563 286 90 28 5 11 30 73 0
Plus defender proves that power plays in Southern League, which he led in extra-base hits
SS Chris Taylor, Mariners (AAA) 23 .330 .403 .537 218 72 18 6 5 27 50 11
Smart all-around player showed off gap power in Triple-A but profiles best at second base
CF #Dalton Pompey, Blue Jays (HiA+) 21 .300 .383 .445 290 87 12 6 6 37 59 29
Speed and on-base ability provide foundation for Florida State League breakout
OF Mikie Mahtook, Rays (AAA) 24 .317 .384 .514 284 90 25 5 7 28 80 12
2011 first-rounder and former LSU star impresses with gap power and outfield defense
OF *Boog Powell, Athletics (LoA+) 21 .337 .445 .440 282 95 10 5 3 54 51 16
20th-round afterthought led Midwest League with .452 on-base percentage in first half
DH Christian Walker, Orioles (AA) 23 .313 .372 .541 320 100 15 2 18 30 69 2
Orioles expected more power but probably not Eastern League-leading totals for HR, RBIs
Pos Pitcher, Org (Level) Age W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO
SP *Steven Brault, Orioles (LoA) 22 7 4 3.07 14 13 0 85 70 1 16 77
Two-way star at D-II Regis (Colo.) gets most out of stuff with athleticism, deceptive delivery
SP *Josh Hader, Astros (HiA) 20 7 0 2.24 16 11 1 76 51 7 24 82
Improbable Cal League ERA leader tames Lancaster wind, delivers power stuff from low slot
SP Francellis Montas, White Sox (HiA) 21 4 0 1.60 10 10 0 62 45 2 14 56
2013 trade deadline pickup cuts walk rate by one-third, still gets results with power stuff
SP Adrian Sampson, Pirates (AA) 22 5 5 2.90 16 16 0 93 84 5 20 71
6-foot-3 junior-college arm adds strong changeup to out-pitch curve and firm fastball
SP Austin Voth, Nationals (LoA+) 22 5 3 2.18 15 15 0 83 55 2 25 87
2013 fifth-rounder shows stuff, poise, athleticism and ranks among minors’ best with .189 AVG
RP Akeel Morris, Mets (LoA) 21 3 0 0.25 23 0 6 37 14 0 15 57
2010 10th-rounder from the Virgin Islands learns to harness mid-90s fastball, power curveball