Minor League All-Star Teams

As the all-star games are now in the books, we picked our minor league All-Stars for each of the four full season levels.

Triple-A Midseason Top Player
Howie Kendrick, 2b, Angels (Salt Lake)

Kendrick earned his first big league promotion in April, but hit just .115 over his first 26 at-bats, earning a ticket back to Salt Lake. He had no such trouble upon his return to the minors, as he proceeded to hit .369 for Salt Lake, raising his career mark to .361 over 1,472 minor league at-bats. Kendrick, 23, was leading all players at the Triple-A level with a .627 slugging percentage, the product of 43 extra-base hits. Major league pitchers were able to get Kendrick to expand his zone, and a low walk total remained the only blemish on his resume.

Pos. Player, Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
C Carlos Ruiz, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Phillies) 215 35 66 14 0 7 34 23 31 3 .307 .381 .470
1B James Loney, Las Vegas (Dodgers) 270 47 104 21 2 7 46 20 22 7 .385 .426 .556
2B Howie Kendrick, Salt Lake (Angels) 287 56 106 25 5 13 61 12 48 11 .369 .409 .627
3B Josh Fields, Charlotte (White Sox) 295 56 97 23 3 13 52 39 91 17 .329 .408 .559
SS Stephen Drew, Tucson (Diamondbacks) 337 54 96 15 3 13 51 32 49 3 .285 .340 .463
OF Scott Hairston, Tucson (Diamondbacks) 250 51 85 15 1 18 55 32 49 2 .340 .422 .624
OF Chris Denorfia, Louisville (Reds) 262 38 91 14 1 4 34 30 31 14 .347 .409 .454
OF Shin-Soo Choo, Tacoma (Mariners) 318 60 104 18 3 11 42 39 59 22 .327 .401 .506
DH Scott Thorman, Richmond (Braves) 256 35 83 14 2 15 44 30 44 3 .324 .394 .570
Pos. Player, Team W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
SP Jeremy Sowers, Buffalo (Indians) 9 1 1.39 15 15 2 0 97 78 1 29 54 .224
SP Jered Weaver, Salt Lake (Angels) 6 1 2.10 12 11 2 0 77 63 7 10 93 .223
SP Tom Gorzelanny, Indianapolis (Pirates) 6 5 2.35 16 16 0 0 100 67 4 27 94 .194
SP Jason Hirsh, Round Rock (Astros) 10 2 2.28 18 18 1 0 110 81 4 45 99 .206
RP Pat Neshek, Rochester (Twins) 6 2 1.95 33 0 0 14 60 41 7 14 87 .189

Double-A Midseason Top Player
Brandon Wood, ss, Angels (Arkansas)

Wood is the extra-base hit master. The 21-year-old mashed 58 homers last year between high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, the Arizona Fall League and Team USA and led the minors in doubles, total bases and extra-base hits. This season, it’s been more of the same story at Double-A Arkansas. While he has an incredibly high number of strikeouts, Wood is one of the elite power hitters in the minors, and has actually improved his walk total this season.

Pos. Players, Teams AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
C Kurt Suzuki, Midland (Athletics) 293 45 88 20 1 6 44 46 40 4 .300 .406 .437
1B Joey Votto, Chattanooga (Reds) 333 60 109 29 2 19 56 43 76 15 .327 .403 .598
2B Elliot Johnson, Montgomery (Devil Rays) 322 46 97 13 8 13 39 25 76 15 .301 .353 .512
3B Alex Gordon, Wichita (Royals) 289 60 86 24 1 11 40 43 61 16 .298 .402 .502
SS Brandon Wood, Arkansas (Angels) 331 54 96 31 2 19 61 43 108 13 .290 .376 .568
OF Adam Lind, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 328 41 102 23 0 17 65 22 80 2 .311 .355 .537
OF Billy Butler, Wichita (Royals) 338 56 109 24 0 10 59 31 51 0 .322 .383 .482
OF Hunter Pence, Corpus Christi (Astros) 331 61 95 18 5 20 63 30 72 10 .287 .347 .553
DH Joe Koshansky, Tulsa (Rockies) 314 54 93 19 0 21 67 40 87 2 .296 .372 .668
Pos. Player, Team W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
SP Humberto Sanchez, Erie (Tigers) 5 3 1.76 11 11 0 0 72 47 2 27 86 .190
SP Matt Garza, New Britain (Twins) 6 2 2.51 10 10 0 0 57 40 2 14 68 .181
SP Matt Albers, Corpus Christi (Astros) 10 2 1.98 17 17 0 0 104 85 3 40 84 .220
SP Ubaldo Jimenez, Tulsa (Rockies) 9 2 2.45 13 13 0 0 73 49 2 40 86 .194
RP Juan Salas, Montgomery (Devil Rays) 3 0 0.00 23 0 0 14 35 13 0 14 52 .110

High Class A Midseason Top Player
Chuck Lofgren, lhp, Indians (Kinston)

Though Kevin Slowey put up better peripheral numbers, it’™s hard to overlook Lofgren’™s amazing season in the Carolina League, especially since he is just 20 years old’”two years younger than Winthrop product Slowey. Lofgren didn’™t quite average a strikeout per inning, but he racked up 11 wins and a tidy 1.95 ERA thanks to his ability to induce plenty of ground balls. Nevertheless, he ranks fifth in the CL in strikeouts while leading the league in wins and ERA.

Pos. Player, Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
C Jake Fox, Daytona (Cubs) 249 45 78 15 1 16 61 27 49 4 .313 .383 .574
1B Cody Ehlers, Tampa (Yankees) 312 44 91 22 1 13 76 29 55 3 .292 .349 .494
2B Yung Chi Chen, Inland Empire (Mariners) 278 49 95 17 3 5 48 22 40 21 .342 .388 .478
3B Chase Headley, Lake Elsinore (Padres) 319 52 94 24 0 10 46 45 61 1 .295 .381 .464
SS Reid Brignac, Visalia (Devil Rays) 335 69 107 21 2 16 61 28 62 8 .319 .375 .537
OF Brett Gardner, Tampa (Yankees) 232 46 75 12 5 0 22 43 51 30 .323 .433 .418
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Lancaster (Diamondbacks) 310 62 97 31 3 13 74 22 78 11 .313 .366 .558
OF Ryan Patterson, Dunedin (Blue Jays) 354 65 102 25 0 19 69 20 61 2 .288 .327 .520
DH Mark Reynolds, Lancaster (Diamondbacks) 273 64 92 18 2 23 77 41 72 1 .337 .422 .670
Pos. Pitcher, Team W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
SP Yovani Gallardo, Brevard County (Brewers) 6 3 2.09 13 13 0 0 78 54 4 23 103 .196
SP Chuck Lofgren, Kinston (Indians) 11 3 1.95 16 16 0 0 88 63 1 33 81 .203
SP Kevin Slowey, Fort Myers (Twins) 4 2 1.01 14 14 0 0 89 52 2 9 99 .164
SP Greg Smith, Lancaster (Diamondbacks) 9 0 1.63 13 13 2 0 88 57 3 31 71 .190
RP Brian Anderson, San Jose (Giants) 0 0 1.24 36 0 0 26 44 26 3 13 49 .170

Low Class A Midseason Top Player
Jay Bruce, of, Reds (Dayton)

Low Class A is loaded this season with five outfielders drafted in the first round out of high school in 2005. While all of them are at least holding their own, none is performing as well as Dayton outfielder Jay Bruce. The 12th overall pick is not just lighting up the Midwest League leader board, but the minor league leader board as well. The 19-year-old leads the minors in doubles as well as extra-base hits. While the rest of the talented outfield quintet had been on the prospect radar for years, The Boss emerged as one before his senior year of high school. Two years later, one might say he has as much going for him as any of them.

Pos. Player, Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
C J.R. Towles, Lexington (Astros) 210 29 66 17 1 8 37 17 36 10 .314 .387 .519
1B Kala Kaaihue, Rome (Braves) 228 44 75 16 2 15 49 52 66 3 .329 .458 .614
2B Jeff Natale, Greenville (Red Sox) 175 38 60 10 0 10 41 41 20 2 .343 .487 .571
3B Eric Campbell, Rome (Braves) 316 61 93 19 3 14 56 15 48 10 .294 .333 .506
SS Brent Lillibridge, Hickory (Pirates) 274 59 82 18 5 11 43 51 61 29 .299 .414 .522
OF Jay Bruce, Dayton (Reds) 329 52 106 36 5 13 60 33 73 12 .322 .388 .581
OF Colby Rasmus, Quad Cities (Cardinals) 303 49 94 22 3 11 50 29 55 17 .310 .373 .512
OF Jose Tabata, Charleston (Yankees) 293 46 94 22 1 5 50 28 56 14 .321 .395 .454
DH Sergio Pedroza, Dodgers (Columbus) 304 59 87 24 1 20 73 67 88 2 .286 .436 .569
Pos. Pitcher, Team W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
SP Nick Adenhart, Cedar Rapids (Angels) 10 2 1.95 16 16 1 0 106 84 2 26 99 .215
SP Tip Fairchild, Lexington (Astros) 10 3 1.66 18 16 1 0 109 90 5 19 98 .227
SP Matt Maloney, Lakewood (Phillies) 9 5 1.61 16 16 2 0 101 65 3 44 110 .179
SP Jacob McGee, Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays) 6 6 2.52 18 18 0 0 96 74 4 47 120 .213
RP Anthony Claggett, West Michigan (Tigers) 4 1 0.46 31 0 0 7 39 25 0 13 40 .189

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