The Arizona League announced its all-star team yesterday and Padres outfielder Jaff Decker was chosen as the league Most Valuable Player. It’s not a surprising selection as Decker’s been a hitting machine since being a supplemental first-rounder out of Sunrise Mountain High in Peoria, Ariz. this spring. Decker is the league leader in on-base percentage with a ridiculous 55 walks in 47 games and is near the top in batting average and slugging.
Aside from Decker, the rest of the list is highlighted by Mariners third baseman Jharmidy DeJesus who hit .339/.417/.591 through 127 Arizona League at-bats. The 18-year-old DeJesus was then promoted to short-season Everett in the Northwest League. . . Athletics shortstop Nino Leyja hit really well with a .313/.383/.456 line over 160 at-bats. The numbers are even more impressive for the 15th-round draft pick when you consider he posted them as a 17-year-old playing a premium defensive position. . . Alexi Amarista is a small outfielder out of Venezuela playing for the AZL Angels. Listed at just 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, the switch-hitter posted a line of .335/.420/.428 over 194 at-bats. The 19-year-old also stole 20 bases, but was caught 13 times.
Tyrone Boykin, who played in the Angels’ system from 1992 through 1996, topping out at double-A, was selected as the Manager of the Year after leading the AZL Angels to a league-best 37-17 record with two games left on the schedule.
Here is the complete team…
|Robert Lara||C||Peoria Padres|
|Franklin Hernandez||1B||Phoenix Athletics|
|Deivy Batista||2B||Surprise Royals|
|Terrell Alliman||3B||Tempe Angels|
|Jharmidy DeJesus||3B||Peoria Mariners|
|Nino Leyja||SS||Phoenix Athletics|
|Jaff Decker||OF||Peoria Padres|
|Jericho Jones||OF||Mesa Cubs|
|Alexi Amarista||OF||Tempe Angels|
|John Contreras||DH||Mesa Cubs|
|Manuel Flores||LHSP||Tempe Angels|
|Stiven Osuna||RHSP||Peoria Padres|
|Julio Ramos||LHRP||Phoenix Athletics|
|Cody Eppley||RHRP||Arizona Rangers|
|Jaff Decker||MVP||Peoria Padres|
|Tyrone Boykin||Manager||Tempe Angels|