MILB unveiled their end of season Sally all-star team this morning. Lots of worthy choices, some surprises.
C- Arturo Rodriguez- Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)
1B- Jose Marmolejos-Diaz- Hagerstown Suns (Nationals)
2B- Yoan Moncada- Greenville Drive (Red Sox) (Most outstanding MLB Prospect)
3B- Shane Hoelscher- Asheville Tourists (Rockies)
SS- Ozhaino (Ozzie) Albies- Rome Braves (Braves)
(Util INF) Luis Guillorme- Savannah Gnats (Mets) (MVP)
OF- Wuilmer Beccera- Savannah Gnats (Mets)
OF- Herlis Rodriguez- Lakewood Blue Claws (Phillies)
OF- Michael Suchy- West Virginia Power (Pirates)
(Util OF) Omar Carrizales- Asheville Tourists (Rockies)
DH- KJ Woods- Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)
RHP- Yeudy Garcia- West Virginia Power (Pirates) (Most outstanding Pitcher)
LHP- Mark Reyes- Augusta Greenjackets (Giants)
RP- Josh Michalec- Asheville Tourists (Rockies)
This is not a top prospect list. Sam Dykstra at MILB is recognizing players who had a strong statistical season at their position. There’s nothing wrong with that and there is a lot of talent here.
I do have a couple of quibbles with this list however:
I think the parameters weren’t wide enough. For instance this list only includes players that finished the year in the Sally, giving no consideration to players that received in season promotions. For example Rhys Hoskins and Ryan O’Hearn both put up similar or better numbers than Jose Marmolejos-Diaz in much fewer at bats.
Secondly, I get what this list is and what it isn’t, but to only have one player from the Greenville Drive make this team is crazy. When one national pundit after another is naming the Drive the most talented team in all of the minors, there needs to be more than one player on the end of season all star team. Javier Guerra perhaps.
OK I was going to stop at two but I thought of two others
In the left handed pitcher category Mark Reyes had an excellent season, there’s no denying that, but his numbers are nearly identical to Stephen Tarpley’s numbers. Except Tarpley had a much higher strikout rate.
Lastly why do we always see OF, OF, OF on these lists instead of LF, CF, RF. Not sure why but that always bugs me. We don’t get IF, IF, IF, IF, IF so stop doing it in the OF.
For those interested in the original article here’s the link, cheers.