BA Minor League All-Stars: A Retrospective

The Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year award dates back to 1981, when Dodgers first baseman Mike Marshall hit .373 with 34 homers for Triple-A Albuquerque. Not until 13 years later, however, did BA introduce its Minor League All-Star Team to recognize the top prospect performers at each position in the minors. Remarkably, two players from that inaugural 1994 team—Derek Jeter and LaTroy Hawkins—are still active in 2012, nearly 20 years later.

For whatever reason, just a handful of Minor League All-Star Teams have been published online—the 2012 team, the 2011 team and the 2006 team—so this presents an opportunity not only to publish those teams online for the first time, but also a chance to provide historical perspective. So here you’ll find all 19 of the BA all-star teams, from 1994 through 2012. A few notes about the following:

Minor League Player of the Year award winners are offset with [POY] in brackets.

Runs created (RC) estimates the number of runs a player contributed through batting and basestealing, though the totals here are not adjusted for league or home-park context. Therefore, one may choose to adjust downward for players who spent significant time in hitter-friendly environments such as the California or Pacific Coast leagues.

You can think of runs created on the same scale as RBIs or runs scored—100 is an excellent season, especially for an up-the-middle player. For frame of reference, the median runs created value for BA Minor League All-Star Team first basemen and designated hitters is about 95 RC; for second basemen, third basemen and outfielders it’s about 90 RC; for center fielders it’s about 85 RC; and for catchers and shortstops it’s about 75 RC.

All statistics, save for runs created, courtesy of the incomparable Baseball-Reference.com.

Minor League All-Star Team Catchers

Baseball may never see a run of catching prospects like it did from 2002 through 2009. Six of the eight minor league all-stars in that period made at least one major league all-star team: Brian McCann (six times), Joe Mauer (five), Victor Martinez (four), Matt Wieters (two, and counting), Buster Posey (one, and counting) and Geovany Soto (one). Mauer, of course, won the 2009 AL MVP award, while Soto (2008) and Posey (2010) won NL rookie of the year honors.

CATCHER

YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2012 Gary Sanchez Yankees 19 LoA-HiA 474 18 .290 .344 .485 57
2011 Ryan Lavarnway Red Sox 23 AAA-AA 503 32 .290 .376 .563 71
2010 Wil Myers Royals 19 LoA-HiA 541 14 .315 .429 .506 86
2009 Buster Posey Giants 22 HiA-AAA 497 18 .325 .416 .531 83
2008 Matt Wieters [POY] Orioles 22 HiA-AA 530 27 .355 .454 .600 102
2007 Geovany Soto Cubs 24 AAA 449 26 .353 .424 .652 85
2006 Chris Iannetta Rockies 23 AA-AAA 365 14 .336 .433 .564 64
2005 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Braves 20 HiA 529 19 .314 .394 .519 77
2004 Brian McCann Braves 20 HiA 421 16 .278 .337 .494 54
2003 Joe Mauer
[POY]
Twins 20 AA-HiA 571 5 .338 .398 .434 81
2002 Victor Martinez Indians 23 AA 515 22 .336 .417 .576 92
2001 Toby Hall Rays 25 AAA 408 19 .335 .385 .568 69
2000 J.R. House Pirates 20 LoA 478 23 .348 .414 .586 85
1999 Ben Petrick Rockies 22 AAA-AA 415 23 .311 .400 .603 73
1998 Michael Barrett Expos 21 AA 488 19 .320 .358 .525 71
1997 A.J. Hinch Athletics 23 HiA-AAA 542 24 .328 .420 .568 93
1996 Mike Sweeney Royals 22 AA-AAA 384 17 .301 .376 .539 61
1995 Todd Greene Angels 24 AA-AAA 531 40 .300 .345 .601 83
1994 Charles Johnson Marlins 22 AA 523 28 .264 .371 .524 70

Minor League All-Star Team First Basemen

The Royals justifiably harbor high hopes of a rebound by Eric Hosmer following a poor sophomore season, and few would be surprised if he and the Astros’ Jonathan Singleton make a few all-star teams before they’re done. However, with few exceptions the minor league all-star first basemen have underwhelmed in the big leagues. Those exceptions would be Ryan Howard, the 2005 NL rookie of the year and 2006 NL MVP who smacked 300 homers in his first nine seasons; Joey Votto, the 2010 NL MVP who’s closing in on his third consecutive NL on-base percentage title; and Prince Fielder, the four-time all-star and last man to hit 50 homers in the NL.

FIRST BASE

YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2012 Jonathan Singleton Astros 20 AA 555 21 .284 .396 .497 78
2011 Paul Goldschmidt D-backs 23 AA 457 30 .306 .435 .626 85
2010 Eric Hosmer Royals 20 HiA-AA 586 20 .338 .406 .571 101
2009 Chris Carter Athletics 22 AA-AAA 651 28 .329 .422 .570 110
2008 Logan Morrison Marlins 20 HiA 555 13 .332 .402 .494 85
2007 Steve Pearce Pirates 24 AA-AAA-HiA 551 31 .333 .394 .622 102
2006 Joey Votto Reds 22 AA 590 22 .319 .408 .547 95
2005 Justin Huber Royals 22 AA-AAA 527 23 .326 .417 .560 87
2004 Ryan Howard Phillies 24 AA-AAA 560 46 .291 .380 .637 89
2003 Prince Fielder Brewers 19 LoA 594 27 .313 .409 .526 96
2002 Lyle Overbay D-backs 25 AAA 579 19 .343 .396 .528 93
2001 Lyle Overbay D-backs 24 AA 612 13 .352 .423 .528 104
2000 Jason Hart Athletics 22 AA-AAA 647 31 .324 .400 .580 107
1999 Steve Cox Rays 24 AAA 612 25 .341 .415 .588 111
1998 Calvin Pickering Orioles 21 AA 599 31 .309 .434 .566 96
1997 Travis Lee D-backs 22 AAA-HiA 540 32 .331 .431 .631 102
1996 Derrek Lee Padres 20 AA 575 34 .280 .360 .570 78
1995 Richie Sexson Indians 20 HiA 554 22 .306 .368 .508 75
1994 Jason Thompson Padres 23 HiA-AA 544 21 .314 .401 .543 81

Minor League All-Star Team Second Basemen

Ray Durham (two), Orlando Hudson (two), Howard Kendrick (one), Ronnie Belliard (one) and Jose Altuve (one) made major league all-star teams—and Chris Coghlan won the 2009 NL rookie of the year award—but few perennial stars have developed from the group of minor league all-stars. Notably, Brian Raabe made the 1996 and 1997 minor league all-star teams, yet he wound up playing more games in Japan’s Pacific League (37) in 1998 than he did in the U.S. majors in parts of three seasons (17). Raabe built his big years with Salt Lake and Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League.

SECOND BASE

YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2012 Delino DeShields Jr.
Astros 19 LoA-HiA 637 12 .287 .389 .428 90
2011 Jose Altuve Astros 21 HiA-AA 391 10 .389 .426 .591 76
2010 Jason Kipnis Indians 23 AA-HiA 592 16 .307 .386 .492 81
2009 Scott Sizemore Tigers 24 AAA-AA 599 17 .308 .389 .500 89
2008 Chris Coghlan Marlins 23 AA 565 7 .298 .396 .429 80
2007 Matt Antonelli Padres 22 HiA-AA 629 21 .307 .404 .491 99
2006
Howard Kendrick
Angels 22 AAA 312 13 .369 .408 .631 63
2005
Howard Kendrick
Angels 21 HiA-AA 508 19 .367 .406 .614 98
2004 Chris Burke Astros 24 AAA 560 16 .315 .396 .507 88
2003 Josh Barfield Padres 20 HiA 615 16 .337 .389 .530 95
2002 Scott Hairston D-backs 22 LoA-HiA 554 22 .345 .429 .603 101
2001 Orlando Hudson Blue Jays 23 AA-AAA 573 8 .306 .382 .470 81
2000 Keith Ginter Astros 24 AA 569 26 .333 .457 .580 103
1999 Adam Kennedy Cardinals 23 AAA 405 10 .327 .378 .490 64
1998
Ronnie Belliard
Brewers 23 AAA 589 14 .321 .408 .503 92
1997 Brian Raabe Mariners 29 AAA 607 14 .352 .404 .508 104
1996 Brian Raabe Twins 28 AAA 539 18 .351 .410 .560 99
1995 Adam Riggs Dodgers 22 HiA 622 24 .362 .431 .585 118
1994 Ray Durham White Sox 22 AAA 592 16 .296 .363 .495 85

Minor League All-Star Team Third Basemen

Eric Chavez won six consecutive AL Gold Glove awards at third base, from 2001 to 2006, yet he never made an all-star team despite playing on playoff-bound Athletics teams in five of those seasons. Though he shifted to first base early in his big league career, Paul Konerko is the most decorated of the minor league all-star third basemen, having made six all-star teams and blasted 420-plus home runs. Mark Teixeira (two all-star teams) followed the Konerko route to first base, though he’s made just two all-star teams. Hank Blalock (two) and Joe Crede (one) seem like the most random all-stars, while Evan Longoria has a slight chance to surpass all. He won the 2008 AL rookie of the year award and made the all-star team in his first three seasons.

The Athletics’ Adam Piatt tallied the highest runs created total (125) among minor league all-stars, hitting .345/.451/.704 with 39 homers, 48 doubles, 93 walks and 135 RBIs for Double-A Midland in 1999. He received a trial in Oakland every season from 2000 to 2003 but hit a pedestrian .252/.327/.419 as a corner outfielder and washed out of the majors. We know now that Piatt appears prominently in the Mitchell Report as an admitted PED user and supplier to other players.

THIRD BASE

YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2012 Mike Olt Rangers 23 AA 421 28 .288 .398 .579 64
2011 Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 21 AAA-HiA 340 18 .347 .414 .647 68
2010 Mike Moustakas Royals 21 AA-AAA 534 36 .322 .369 .630 92
2009 Pedro Alvarez Pirates 22 HiA-AA 542 27 .288 .378 .535 76
2008 Mat Gamel Brewers 22 AA-AAA 595 20 .325 .392 .531 91
2007 Evan Longoria Rays 21 AA-AAA 575 26 .299 .402 .520 88
2006 Alex Gordon [POY] Royals 22 AA 576 29 .325 .427 .588 106
2005 Andy LaRoche Dodgers 21 HiA-AA 535 30 .305 .374 .553 81
2004 Ian Stewart Rockies 19 LoA 581 30 .319 .398 .594 100
2003 Dallas McPherson Angels 22 HiA-AA 461 23 .310 .410 .596 78
2002 Mark Teixeira Rangers 22 AA-HiA 375 19 .318 .413 .592 67
2001 Hank Blalock Rangers 20 AA-HiA 583 18 .352 .424 .550 104
2000 Joe Crede White Sox 22 AA 610 21 .306 .384 .490 82
1999 Adam Piatt Athletics 23 AA-AAA 609 39 .340 .450 .688 125
1998 Eric Chavez [POY] Athletics 20 AA-AAA 593 33 .327 .388 .603 102
1997 Paul Konerko [POY] Dodgers 21 AAA 560 37 .323 .407 .621 103
1996 Todd Walker Twins 23 AAA 625 28 .339 .400 .599 108
1995 Butch Huskey Mets 23 AAA 442 28 .284 .355 .548 62
1994 Ron Coomer Dodgers 27 AAA 570 22 .338 .367 .548 93

Minor League All-Star Team Shortstops

Three of the first four minor league all-star shortstops developed into all-time major league greats; the fourth was Neifi Perez. Inaugural all-star shortstop Derek Jeter won the 1996 AL rookie of the year award, has made 13 all-star teams, has played on seven Yankees pennant winners and has a real shot at 3,500 career hits. Alex Rodriguez won the 2003, 2005 and 2007 AL MVP awards, has made 15 all-star teams and, in all probability, will retire with more than 650 homers and 3,000 hits. Miguel Tejada won the 2002 AL MVP award and made six all-star teams. Rafael Furcal (1999 minor league all-star) and Jose Reyes (2002) rose to the top of the heap in the post Jeter-Rodriguez-Tejada-Nomar Garciaparra era, but they could not match the heights—or consistency—of the big four.

SHORTSTOP

YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2012 Jurickson Profar Rangers 19 AA 562 14 .281 .368 .452 74
2011 Jurickson Profar Rangers 18 LoA 516 12 .286 .390 .493 76
2010 Nick Franklin Mariners 19 LoA-AA 578 23 .283 .354 .486 75
2009 Alcides Escobar Brewers 22 AAA 487 4 .298 .353 .409 57
2008 Alcides Escobar Brewers 21 AA 597 8 .328 .363 .434 80
2007 Jed Lowrie Red Sox 23 AA-AAA 585 13 .298 .393 .503 85
2006 Reid Brignac Rays 20 HiA-AA 576 24 .321 .376 .539 89
2005 Brandon Wood Angels 20 HiA-AAA 614 43 .321 .381 .667 109
2004 B.J. Upton Rays 19 AAA-AA 433 14 .315 .410 .505 64
2003 Bobby Crosby Athletics 23 AAA 543 22 .308 .395 .544 83
2002 Jose Reyes
Mets 19 HiA-AA 622 8 .288 .343 .444 79
2001 Angel Berroa Royals 21 AA-HiA 580 14 .304 .377 .495 79
2000 Jose Ortiz Athletics 23 AAA 571 24 .351 .408 .575 101
1999 Rafael Furcal Braves 21 LoA-HiA 586 1 .322 .392 .389 80
1998 Pablo Ozuna Cardinals 23 LoA 592 9 .357 .400 .494 99
1997 Miguel Tejada Athletics 23 AA 568 22 .275 .344 .458 67
1996 Neifi Perez Rockies 23 AAA 607 7 .316 .337 .444 76
1995 Alex Rodriguez Mariners 19 AAA 237 15 .360 .411 .654 46
1994 Derek Jeter [POY] Yankees 20 HiA-AAA-AA 617 5 .344 .410 .463 101

Minor League All-Star Team Center Fielders

Andruw Jones is one of two players to win back-to-back BA Minor League Player of the Year awards, in 1995 and 1996, and those accolades seem appropriate in light of his major league production. He stands head and shoulders above the field of good-but-not-great minor league all-star center fielders. Of course, Mike Trout looks like he could change that given his historic play as a 20-year-old Angels rookie in 2012.

CENTER FIELD*

YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2012 Adam Eaton D-backs 23 AAA-AA 613 7 .375 .456 .523 116
2011 Mike Trout [POY] Angels 19 AA 412 11 .326 .414 .544 72
2010 Mike Trout Angels 18 LoA-HiA 600 10 .341 .428 .490 104
2009 Desmond Jennings Rays 22 AA-AAA 577 11 .318 .401 .487 97
2008 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 18 LoA 540 39 .293 .381 .611 84
2007 Colby Rasmus Cardinals 20 AA 556 29 .275 .381 .551 87
2006 Jay Bruce Reds 19 LoA 498 16 .291 .355 .516 65
2005 Chris Young White Sox 21 AA 553 26 .277 .377 .545 81
2004 Jason Kubel* Twins 22 AAA-AA 549 22 .352 .414 .590 106
2003 Alex Rios Blue Jays 22 AA 563 11 .352 .402 .521 89
2002 Rocco Baldelli [POY] Rays 20 HiA-AAA-AA 520 19 .331 .370 .521 77
2001 Marlon Byrd Phillies 23 AA 582 28 .316 .386 .555 99
2000 Chad Mottola* Blue Jays 28 AAA 552 33 .309 .359 .566 84
1999 Corey Patterson Cubs 19 LoA 509 20 .320 .358 .592 86
1998 Alex Escobar Mets 19 LoA 483 27 .310 .393 .584 82
1997 Juan Encarnacion* Tigers 21 AA 561 26 .323 .394 .560 96
1996 Andruw Jones [POY] Braves 19 HiA-AA-AAA 511 34 .339 .421 .652 101
1995 Andruw Jones [POY] Braves 18 LoA 632 25 .277 .372 .512 91
1994 Ruben Rivera Yankees 20 LoA-HiA 600 33 .281 .357 .541 82

* Prior to 2008, no explicit attempt was made to select a regular center fielder for the all-star team outfield. However, we can retroactively shift one outfielder from each all-star team to the center-field designation, and this works for all but three cases. The most-qualified candidates for the 1997 team (Juan Encarnacion, six games in center), the 2000 team (Chad Mottola, 13 games) and the 2004 team (Jason Kubel, one game) could not be considered center fielders by any meaningful definition.   

Minor League All-Star Team Outfielders

Johnny Damon had the misfortune of being a direct prospect contemporary of Andruw Jones, meaning he lost out on a chance to make the all-star team as a center fielder in 1995. Through the years, a handful of other pure center fielders cracked the corner-heavy all-star teams, including Mike Cameron (one major league all-star team) in 1996, Vernon Wells (three) in 1999, both Franklin Gutierrez and Jeremy Reed in 2003 and Gary Brown in 2011.

Members of the old guard like Vladimir Guerrero (nine all-star teams, 2004 AL MVP award) and Lance Berkman (six all-star teams) rank as two of the most productive corner bats of their generation. Heavy hitters Adam Dunn, Carlos Quentin and Hunter Pence have made two major league all-star teams each, while up-and-comers like Jay Bruce, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton probably still have their best years ahead of them.

Ben Grieve? He’ll always have 1998, when he batted .288/.386/.458 with 18 homers to win the AL rookie of the year award and represent the Athletics in the All-Star Game.

OUTFIELD

YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2012 Wil Myers [POY] Royals 21 AAA-AA 591 37 .314 .387 .600 97
2012 Oscar Taveras Cardinals 20 AA 531 23 .321 .380 .572 88
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2011 Gary Brown Giants 22 HiA 638 14 .336 .407 .519 109
2011 Tim Wheeler Rockies 23 AA 637 33 .287 .365 .535 89
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2010 Domonic Brown Phillies 22 AA-AAA 389 20 .327 .391 .589 66
2010 Jerry Sands Dodgers 22 AA-LoA 590 35 .301 .395 .586 96
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2009 Jaff Decker Padres 19 LoA 455 16 .299 .442 .514 72
2009 Jason Heyward [POY] Braves 19 HiA-AA-AAA 422 17 .323 .408 .555 76
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2008 Jason Heyward Braves 18 LoA-HiA 533 11 .316 .381 .473 79
2008 Matt LaPorta Indians 23 AA 433 22 .279 .386 .539 64
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2007 Jay Bruce [POY] Reds 20 HiA-AAA-AA 576 26 .319 .375 .587 90
2007 Justin Upton D-backs 19 AA-HiA 456 18 .319 .410 .551 74
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2006 Adam Lind Blue Jays 22 AA-AAA 515 24 .330 .394 .556 83
2006 Hunter Pence Astros 23 AA 592 28 .283 .357 .533 84
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2005 Jeremy Hermida Marlins 21 AA 507 18 .293 .457 .518 87
2005 Delmon Young [POY] Rays 19 AA-AAA 604 26 .315 .354 .527 87
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2004 Carlos Quentin D-backs 21 HiA-AA 543 21 .332 .435 .549 95
2004 Delmon Young Rays 18 LoA 578 25 .322 .388 .538 90
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2003 Franklin Gutierrez Dodgers 20 HiA-AA 549 24 .287 .350 .524 71
2003 Jeremy Reed White 22 AA-HiA 555 11 .373 .453 .537 105
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2002 Robb Quinlan Angels 25 AAA 588 20 .333 .376 .555 94
2002 Michael Restovich Twins 23 AAA 580 29 .286 .353 .542 76
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2001 Adam Dunn Reds 21 AAA-AA 422 32 .334 .444 .671 87
2001 Jason Lane Astros 24 AA 610 38 .316 .407 .608 112
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2000 Kevin Mench Rangers 22 HiA 583 27 .334 .427 .615 113
2000 Juan Silvestre Mariners 24 HiA 580 30 .304 .381 .524 86
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
1999 Chin-Feng Chen Dodgers 21 HiA 597 31 .316 .404 .580 103
1999 Vernon Wells Blue Jays 20 HiA-AAA-AA 556 18 .334 .390 .522 92
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
1998 Lance Berkman Astros 22 AA-AAA 590 30 .302 .422 .566 97
1998 Gabe Kapler Tigers 22 AA 629 28 .322 .393 .583 108
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
1997 Ben Grieve Athletics 21 AA-AAA 589 31 .350 .461 .640 120
1997 Mike Stoner D-backs 24 HiA 618 33 .358 .392 .628 113
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
1996 Mike Cameron White Sox 23 AA 563 28 .300 .402 .600 96
1996 Vladimir Guerrero Expos 21 AA-HiA 564 24 .360 .431 .618 113
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
1995 Johnny Damon Royals 21 AA 503 16 .343 .434 .534 93
1995 Karim Garcia Dodgers 19 AAA 519 20 .319 .369 .542 77
YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
1994 Harry Berrios Orioles 22 HiA-LoA-AA 573 19 .342 .429 .519 103
1994 Brian Hunter Astros 23 AAA 577 10 .372 .432 .520 108

Minor League All-Star Team Designated Hitters

All sorts of players have earned minor league all-star status as the ninth man, the DH. The list includes top prospects like Billy Butler (2005), Travis Snider (2007), Carlos Santana (2009), Brandon Belt (2010) and Billy Hamilton (2012), but just as often features a minor league veteran enjoying a monster season, such as Bryan LaHair (2011), Graham Koonce (2003), Jose Fernandez (2001), Alex Cabrera (2000) or Chris Hatcher (1998). All players were 26 or older at the time they made the all-star team, and—not coincidentally—they all spent time in the Pacific Coast League during their all-star seasons.

DESIGNATED HITTER

YEAR PLAYER ORG AGE LEVEL PA HR AVG OBP SLG RC
2012 Billy Hamilton Reds 21 HiA-AA 605 2 .311 .410 .420 95
2011 Bryan LaHair Cubs 28 AAA 523 38 .331 .405 .664 95
2010 Brandon Belt Giants 22 HiA-AA-AAA 595 23 .352 .455 .620 122
2009 Carlos Santana Indians 23 AA 535 23 .290 .413 .530 84
2008 Kila Ka’aihue Royals 24 AA-AAA 515 37 .314 .456 .628 105
2007 Travis Snider Blue Jays 19 LoA 517 16 .313 .377 .525 69
2006 Kevin Kouzmanoff Indians 24 AA-AAA 391 22 .379 .437 .656 83
2005 Billy Butler Royals 19 HiA-AA 549 30 .340 .404 .611 97
2004 Dallas McPherson Angels 23 AA-AAA 586 40 .317 .387 .670 102
2003 Graham Koonce Athletics 28 AAA 601 34 .277 .403 .542 92
2002 Brad Hawpe Rockies 23 HiA 535 22 .347 .447 .587 100
2001 Jose Fernandez Twins 26 AAA 522 30 .338 .421 .624 97
2000 Alex Cabrera D-backs 28 AA-AAA 324 39 .355 .423 .862 77
1999 Jack Cust D-backs 20 HiA 556 32 .334 .450 .651 105
1998 Chris Hatcher Royals 29 AAA 516 46 .309 .345 .645 83
1997 Kevin Millar Marlins 25 AA 594 32 .342 .423 .605 115
1996 D.T. Cromer Athletics 25 HiA 550 30 .329 .373 .626 101
1995 Jesse Ibarra Giants 22 LoA-HiA 529 34 .330 .433 .635 100
1994 Billy Ashley Dodgers 23 AAA 453 37 .345 .428 .701 88

Minor League All-Star Team Starting Pitchers

Three of the four pitchers selected as Minor League Players of the Year since 1994 failed to establish themselves as stars in the big leagues, though despite not meeting lofty expectations, Rick Ankiel, Jon Rauch and Jeff Francis have enjoyed lengthy careers. Three-time major league all-star Josh Beckett is the one exception as the POY made good, while a fifth pitching POY, 2011 AL rookie of the year Jeremy Hellickson, still is building his case. This hit-or-miss track record suggests that drawing firm conclusions based on minor league pitching performances can be a dicey proposition.

Let’s instead focus on trends among the all-stars over the past 19 seasons, particularly in terms of pitcher workload. The Cardinals’ Alan Benes logged 206 innings in 1994, the high-water mark, and that season’s all-star foursome averaged 185 innings as a group. The 2012 rotation averaged 133 innings as a group. Today’s all-star pitchers face about five fewer batters per game (22.8), on average, than the 1994 group did (27.2). That example even removes the Orioles’ Dylan Bundy and his hyper-controlled workload (17.3 batters faced per game) from the 2012 sample because it skews the results. The top prospect pitchers have been hovering near 22-23 batters per game—about two and a half times through the batting order—since 2004.

STARTING PITCHER

YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2012 Dylan Bundy Orioles 19 HiA-LoA-AA 104 2.08 0.92 2.4 10.3
2012 Trevor Bauer D-backs 21 AAA-AA 130 2.42 1.29 4.2 10.8
2012 Tony Cingrani Reds 22 AA-HiA 146 1.73 1.03 3.2 10.6
2012 Jose Fernandez Marlins 19 LoA-HiA 134 1.75 0.93 2.4 10.6
2012 Dan Straily Athletics 23 AA-AAA 152 2.78 1.00 2.5 11.2
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2011 Matt Moore Rays 22 AA-AAA 155 1.92 0.95 2.7 12.2
2011 Shelby Miller Cardinals 20 AA-HiA 140 2.77 1.18 3.4 11.0
2011 Brad Peacock Nationals 23 AA-AAA 147 2.39 0.99 2.9 10.9
2011 Tyler Skaggs D-backs 19 HiA-AA 158 2.96 1.11 2.8 11.3
2011 Julio Teheran Braves 20 AAA 145 2.55 1.18 3.0 7.6
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2010 Chris Archer Cubs 21 HiA-AA 142 2.34 1.17 4.1 9.4
2010 Jeremy Hellickson [POY] Rays 23 AAA-HiA 119 2.72 1.21 2.8 9.6
2010 John Lamb Royals 19 HiA-LoA-AA 148 2.38 1.13 2.7 9.7
2010 Matt Moore Rays 21 HiA 145 3.36 1.18 3.8 12.9
2010 Julio Teheran Braves 19 HiA-AA-LoA 143 2.59 1.04 2.5 10.0
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2009 Madison Bumgarner Giants 19 AA-HiA 131 1.85 1.02 2.3 6.3
2009 Christian Friedrich Rockies 21 HiA-LoA 120 2.41 1.15 3.2 12.0
2009 Jeremy Hellickson Rays 22 AAA-AA 114 2.45 0.89 2.3 10.4
2009 Brian Matusz Orioles 22 HiA-AA 113 1.91 1.05 2.5 9.6
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2008 Madison Bumgarner Giants 18 LoA 142 1.46 0.93 1.3 10.4
2008 Jhoulys Chacin Rockies 20 LoA-HiA 178 2.03 1.04 2.1 8.1
2008 Tommy Hanson Braves 21 AA-HiA 138 2.41 0.99 3.4 10.6
2008 Derek Holland Rangers 21 LoA-HiA-AA 151 2.27 1.00 2.4 9.4
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2007 Clay Buchholz Red Sox 22 AA-AAA 125 2.44 0.97 2.5 12.3
2007 Ian Kennedy Yankees 22 HiA-AA-AAA 146 1.91 0.96 3.1 10.0
2007 Joba Chamberlain Yankees 21 AA-HiA-AAA 88 2.45 1.01 2.8 13.8
2007 James McDonald Dodgers 22 HiA-AA 135 3.07 1.17 2.5 11.2
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2006 Homer Bailey Reds 20 HiA-AA 139 2.47 1.08 3.2 10.1
2006 Yovani Gallardo Brewers 20 HiA-AA 155 1.86 1.00 3.0 10.9
2006 Matt Garza Twins 22 AA-HiA-AAA 136 1.99 0.88 2.1 10.2
2006 Phil Hughes Yankees 20 AA-HiA 146 2.16 0.86 2.1 10.4
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2005 Felix Hernandez Mariners 19 AAA 88 2.25 1.25 4.9 10.2
2005 Chuck James Braves 23 AA-HiA-AAA 161 2.12 0.86 2.0 10.8
2005 Francisco Liriano Twins 21 AAA-AA 168 2.63 1.05 2.7 11.0
2005 Justin Verlander Tigers 22 HiA-AA 119 1.29 0.90 2.0 10.3
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2004 Jose Capellan Braves 23 AA-HiA-AAA 140 2.32 1.13 2.9 9.8
2004 Jeff Francis [POY] Rockies 23 AA-AAA 155 2.21 0.89 1.7 11.4
2004 Brandon McCarthy White Sox 20 LoA-HiA-AA 172 3.14 0.95 1.6 10.6
2004 Yusmeiro Petit Mets 19 LoA-HiA-AA 139 2.20 0.90 2.6 12.9
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2003 Travis Blackley Mariners 20 AA 162 2.61 1.15 3.4 8.0
2003 Dave Bush Blue Jays 23 AA-HiA 158 2.79 1.04 1.6 8.4
2003 Zack Greinke Royals 19 HiA-AA 140 1.93 0.94 1.2 7.2
2003 Greg Miller Dodgers 18 HiA-AA 142 2.21 1.17 3.0 9.5
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2002 Sean Burnett Pirates 19 HiA 155 1.80 0.97 1.9 5.6
2002 Joe Roa Phillies 30 AAA 111 1.86 0.89 1.3 6.0
2002 Kirk Saarloos Astros 23 AA-AAA 99 1.54 0.84 2.1 9.2
2002 Billy Traber Indians 22 AA-AAA 162 2.94 1.16 1.8 6.4
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2001 Josh Beckett [POY] Marlins 21 AA-HiA 140 1.54 0.83 2.2 13.0
2001 Boof Bonser Giants 19 LoA 134 2.49 1.13 4.1 12.0
2001 Brandon Claussen Yankees 22 AA-HiA 187 2.31 1.16 3.3 10.6
2001 Nate Cornejo Tigers 21 AA-AAA 154 2.57 1.16 2.8 7.4
2001 Brandon Duckworth Phillies 25 AAA 147 2.63 1.08 2.2 9.2
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2000 Roy Oswalt Astros 22 AA-HiA 175 2.21 1.09 1.7 9.7
2000 Christian Parra Braves 22 HiA 158 2.28 0.98 3.2 9.3
2000 Jon Rauch [POY] White Sox 21 HiA-AA 166 2.66 1.13 2.7 10.1
2000 Bud Smith Cardinals 20 AA-AAA 163 2.26 1.07 2.3 7.5
2000 Greg Wooten Mariners 26 AA 179 2.31 1.01 0.8 5.8
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
1999 Rick Ankiel [POY] Cardinals 19 AAA-AA 138 2.35 1.16 4.1 12.7
1999 Eric Gagne Dodgers 23 AA 168 2.63 1.11 3.4 9.9
1999
Tomo Ohka
Red Sox 23 AA-AAA 140 2.31 1.13 2.3 7.4
1999 Matt Riley Orioles 19 AA-HiA 177 3.05 1.15 2.8 9.6
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
1998 Rick Ankiel Cardinals 18 HiA-LoA 161 2.63 0.97 2.8 12.4
1998 Ryan Bradley Yankees 22 HiA-AA-AAA 136 2.65 0.98 3.4 9.9
1998 Bruce Chen Braves 21 AA-AAA 163 3.09 1.16 3.7 10.6
1998 Brad Penny D-backs 20 HiA 164 2.96 1.06 1.9 11.4
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
1997 Matt Clement Padres 22 HiA-AA 189 2.05 1.16 3.0 9.6
1997 Cliff Politte Cardinals 23 HiA-AA 158 2.22 1.04 2.3 8.2
1997 Brian Rose Red Sox 21 AAA 191 3.02 1.23 2.2 5.5
1997 Steve Woodard Brewers 22 AA-AAA 143 3.01 1.15 1.6 6.5
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
1996 Rick Helling Rangers 25 AAA 140 2.96 1.16 2.4 10.1
1996 Curt Lyons Reds 21 AA 142 2.41 1.17 3.3 11.2
1996 Carl Pavano Red Sox 20 AA 185 2.63 1.09 2.3 7.1
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
1995 Bartolo Colon Indians 22 HiA 129 1.96 1.01 2.7 10.6
1995 Rocky Coppinger Orioles 21 AA-HiA-AAA 187 1.97 1.13 4.0 8.3
1995 Jason Isringhausen Mets 22 AAA-AA 128 1.97 0.98 2.5 9.4
1995 Donne Wall Astros 27 AAA 177 3.30 1.25 1.6 6.0
1995 Paul Wilson Mets 22 AA-AAA 186 2.41 1.03 2.1 9.4
YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
1994 Juan Acevedo Rockies 24 AA 175 2.37 1.03 2.0 8.3
1994 Alan Benes Cardinals 22 AA + 3 Lvls

206 2.28 0.95 2.3 8.1
1994 LaTroy Hawkins Twins 21 AAA-AA-HiA 194 3.07 1.24 3.1 5.9
1994 Scott Ruffcorn White Sox 24 AAA 166 2.72 1.08 2.2 7.8

Minor League All-Star Team Relievers

Francisco Cordero (three all-star teams, 329 career saves) and Fernando Rodney (one all-star team) have to be considered feathers in the cap in an otherwise lackluster group of all-stars—though recent honorees like Daniel Bard, Tim Collins, Addison Reed and Carter Capps are positioned for successful careers.

RELIEVER**

YEAR PITCHER ORG AGE LEVEL IP ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
2012 Carter Capps Mariners 21 AA-AAA 51 1.23 1.01 2.1 13.1
2011 Addison Reed White Sox 22 HiA + 3 Lvls 78 1.26 0.73 1.6 12.8
2010 Tim Collins Royals 20 AAA-AA 71 2.02 0.94 3.4 13.6
2009 Dan Runzler Giants 24 LoA + 3 Lvls 59 0.76 0.80 3.7 12.7
2008 Daniel Bard Red Sox 23 AA-LoA 78 1.51 0.93 3.5 12.4
2007 Edwar Ramirez Yankees 26 AAA-AA 57 0.79 0.85 3.5 16.2
2006 Juan Salas Rays 27 AA-AAA 63 0.71 0.84 3.6 12.1
2005 Jermaine Van Buren Cubs 24 AAA 55 1.98 1.01 3.6 10.7
2004 Brad Baker Padres 23 AA-AAA 67 1.48 1.05 3.8 11.4
2003 Fernando Rodney Tigers 26 AAA 41 1.33 0.86 2.9 12.8
2002 Joe Valentine White Sox 22 AA 59 1.97 1.11 4.6 9.6
2001

2000 Maximo Regalado Dodgers 23 HiA-AA 54 1.83 1.11 3.8 12.0
1999 Francisco Cordero Tigers 24 AA 52 1.38 1.09 3.8 10.0
1998 Brent Stentz Twins 22 AA 59 1.98 1.22 4.3 9.9
1997 Francisco Cordero Tigers 22 LoA 54 0.99 0.94 2.5 11.1
1996 Sean Maloney** Brewers 25 AA 57 1.43 1.08 1.9 9.1
1996 Jay Tessmer** Yankees 24 HiA 97 1.48 0.89 1.8 9.6
1995

1994 Brad Clontz Braves 23 AA-AAA 71 1.53 0.99 2.4 8.9

** The 1996 all-star team included two relievers, Sean Maloney and Jay Tessmer, among the five pitchers selected. No reliever was selected in either 1995 or 2001.

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