2017 Minor League All-Star Team

Precocious Young Hitters Lead The Way

Eloy Jimenez began the season at high Class A in the Cubs system and finished it at Double-A in the White Sox system. (Brian Westerholt)

The Blue Jays led the way with three first-team Baseball America Minor League All-Stars. The strong seasons by Danny Jansen, Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gave Toronto a third of the position player spots on the first team.

The Reds had three members of the team as well, with two first-teamers and one second-teamer. The White Sox had one first-team player and two members of the second team. The Yankees, Twins, Padres and Phillies also had multiple representatives.

The Baseball America Minor League All-Star Team is selected by the Baseball America staff. It leans heavily on statistical production, but also weighs prospect pedigree and age.

First team
Pos Player (Highest Level) Age AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI BB SO
C Danny Jansen, TOR (AAA) 22 .323 .400 .484 368 50 119 10 48 41 40
1B Rhys Hoskins, PHI (AAA) 24 .284 .385 .581 401 78 114 29 91 64 75
2B Bo Bichette, TOR (HiA) 19 .362 .423 .565 448 88 162 14 74 42 81
3B Nick Senzel, CIN (AA) 22 .321 .391 .514 455 81 146 14 65 49 97
SS Fernando Tatis Jr., SD (AA) 18 .278 .379 .498 486 84 135 22 75 77 141
OF Ronald Acuna, ATL (AAA) 19 .325 .374 .522 557 88 181 21 82 43 144
OF Austin Hays, BAL (AA) 22 .329 .365 .593 523 81 172 32 95 25 85
OF Eloy Jimenez, CWS (AA) 20 .312 .379 .568 333 54 104 19 65 35 72
DH Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR (HiA) 18 .323 .425 .485 437 84 141 13 76 76 62
Pos Pitcher (Highest Level) Age W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO AVG
SP Jon Duplantier, ARI (HiA) 23 12 3 1.39 25 24 136 91 42 165 .192
SP Corbin Burnes, MIL (AA) 22 8 3 1.67 26 26 146 103 36 140 .200
SP Jack Flaherty, STL (AAA) 21 14 4 2.18 25 25 149 120 35 147 .221
SP Chance Adams, NYY (AAA) 23 15 5 2.45 27 27 150 104 58 135 .193
SP Tyler Mahle, CIN (AAA) 22 10 7 2.06 24 24 144 109 30 138 .208
RP Gabriel Moya, MIN (AA) 22 6 1 0.77 47 0 58 30 15 87 .150
Second Team
Pos Player (High Level) Age AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI BB SO
C Francisco Mejia, CLE (AA) 21 .297 .346 .490 347 52 103 14 52 24 53
1B Ryan McMahon, COL (AAA) 22 .355 .403 .583 470 74 167 20 88 41 92
2B Scott Kingery, PHI (AAA) 23 .304 .359 .530 543 103 165 26 65 41 109
3B Rafael Devers, BOS (AAA) 20 .311 .377 .578 322 54 100 20 60 34 63
SS Amed Rosario, NYM (AAA) 21 .328 .367 .466 393 66 129 7 58 23 67
OF Derek Fisher, HOU (AAA) 24 .318 .384 .583 343 63 109 21 66 35 74
OF Estevan Florial, NYY (HiA) 19 .298 .372 .479 420 77 125 13 57 50 148
OF Victor Robles, WAS (AA) 20 .300 .382 .493 430 73 129 10 47 37 84
DH Willie Calhoun, TEX (AAA) 22 .300 .355 .572 486 80 146 31 93 42 61
Pos Pitcher (Highest Level) Age W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO AVG
SP Michael Kopech, CWS (AAA) 21 9 8 2.88 25 25 134 92 65 172 .193
SP Alec Hansen, CWS (AA) 22 11 8 2.80 26 26 141 114 51 191 .216
SP Merandy Gonzalez, MIA (HiA) 21 13 3 1.66 22 20 130 101 26 103 .212
SP Zack Littell, MIN (AA) 21 19 1 2.12 27 25 157 135 41 142 .236
SP Joey Lucchesi, SD (AA) 24 11 7 2.20 24 23 139 102 33 148 .200
RP Jimmy Herget, CIN (AAA) 23 4 4 2.90 52 0 62 52 21 72 .226

C Danny Jansen | Blue Jays
Triple-A Buffalo (International)

Jansen never played more than 57 games in any of his first four pro seasons, but he finally stayed healthy and began wearing glasses this season. The result was a meteoric rise across three levels, culminating in Triple-A. Jansen's .884 OPS was best in the minors among catchers with at least 400 plate appearances, and he was the only full-time backstop to record more walks (41) than strikeouts (40). Defensively, Jansen committed four errors and allowed just four passed balls, though he threw out just 24 percent of basestealers.

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