2017 Minor League All Star Team

First Team

C – Danny Jansen, Blue Jays (A+ Dunedin/AA New Hampshire/AAA Buffalo)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.323 .400 .484 25 10 1 41 40 .172/.128/.224 184/121/172

1B – Rhys Hoskins, Phillies (AAA Lehigh Valley)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.285 .385 .581 24 29 4 64 75 .297 166

2B – Willie Calhoun, Rangers (AAA Oklahoma City/Round Rock)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.300 .355 .572 27 31 4 42 61 .276/.257 134/129

3B – Rafael Devers, Red Sox (AA Portland/AAA Pawtucket)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.311 .377 .578 20 20 0 34 63 .275/.200 155/196

SS – Bo Bichette – BlueJays (A Lansing/Hi A Dunedin)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.362 .423 .565 41 14 22 42 81 .239/.140 201/145

OF – Ronald Acuna – Braves (Hi A Florida/AA Mississippi/AAA Gwinnett)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.325 .374 .522 31 21 44 43 144 .191/.195/.204 135/159/162

OF – Derek Fisher – Astros (AAA Fresno)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.318 .384 .583 26 21 16 35 74 .265 147

OF – Austin Hays, Orioles (Hi A Frederick/AA Bowie)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.329 .365 .593 32 32 5 25 85 .263/.264 167/161

DH – Ryan McMahon, Rockies (AA Hartford/AAA Albuquerque)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.355 .403 .583 39 20 11 41 92 .210/.239 151/161

RHP – Jon Duplantier, Diamondbacks (A Kane County/Hi A Visalia)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
1.39 2.81/3.25 10.92 0.98 136 91 42 165 12-3 .192

RHP – Corbin Burnes, Brewers (Hi A Carolina/AA Biloxi)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
1.67 3.21/2.76 8.68 0.95 145.2 103 36 140 8-3 .200

LHP – Joey Lucchesi, Padres (Hi A Lake Elsinore/AA San Antonio)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
2.20 3.33/3.39 9.58 0.97 139 102 33 148 11-7 .200

LHP – Luiz Gohara, Braves (Hi A Florida/AA Mississippi/AAA Gwinnett)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
2.62 2.52/2.87/3.11 10.73 1.21 123.2 106 44 147 7-4 .228

SECOND TEAM

C – Victor Caratini, Cubs (AAA Iowa)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.342 .393 .558 27 10 1 27 48 .216 142

1B – Dominic Smith, Mets (AAA Las Vegas)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.330 .386 .519 34 16 1 39 87 .188 134

2B – Scott Kingery, Phillies (AA Reading/AAA Lehigh Valley)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.304 .359 .530 29 26 29 41 109 .295/.155 166/117

3B – Nick Senzel, Reds (Hi A Daytona/AA Pensacola)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.321 .391 .514 40 14 14 49 97 .171/.220 147/184

SS – Fernando Tatis, Jr., Padres (A Fort Wayne/AA San Antonio)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.278 .379 .498 27 22 32 77 141 .239/.073 154/63

OF – Eloy Jimenez, White Sox (Hi A Myrtle Beach/Winston-Salem/AA Birmingham)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.312 .379 .568 22 19 1 35 72 .219/.336/.206 135/200/176

OF – Jose Siri, Reds (A Dayton)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.293 .341 .530 24 24 46 33 130 .237 140

OF – Victor Robles, Nationals (Hi A Potomac/AA Harrisburg)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.300 .382 .493 37 10 27 37 84 .206/.165 147/146

DH – Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Blue Jays (A Lancaster/AA Dunedin)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.323 .425 .485 28 13 8 76 62 .164/.161 151/179

RHP – Michael Kopech, White Sox (AA Birmingham/AAA Charlotte)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
2.88 3.12/3.13 11.54 1.17 134.1 92 65 172 9-8 .193

RHP – Tyler Mahle, Reds (AA Pensacola/AAA Louisville)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
2.06 2.73/3.60 8.62 0.96 144.1 109 30 138 10-7 .208

LHP – Joey Wentz, Braves (A Rome)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
2.60 3.19 10.39 1.10 131.2 99 46 152 8-3 .209

LHP – A.J. Puk, A’s (Hi A Stockton/AA Midland)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
4.03 3.10/2.82 13.25 1.25 125 108 48 184 6-10 .227

THIRD TEAM

C – Francisco Mejia, Indians  (AA Akron)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.297 .346 .490 21 14 7 24 53 .193 127

1B – A.J. Reed, Astros (AAA Fresno)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.261 .358 .525 24 34 0 72 146 .265 124

2B – Brendan Rogers, Rockies (Hi A Lancaster/AA Hartford)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.336 .373 .567 26 18 2 14 71 .284/.153 184/104

3B – Michael Chavis, Red Sox (Hi A Salem/AA Portland)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.282 .347 .563 35 31 2 39 113 .323/.242 187/114

SS – Amed Rosario, Mets (AAA Las Vegas)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.328 .367 .466 19 7 19 23 67 .137 116

OF – Estevan Florial, Yankees (A Charleston/Hi A Tampa)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.298 .372 .479 23 13 23 50 148 .186/.158 146/141

OF – Wes Rogers, Rockies (Hi A Lancaster)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.319 .377 .488 37 9 70 45 85 .169 130

OF – Kyle Tucker, Astros (Hi A Buies Creek/AA Corpus Cristi)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.274 .346 .528 33 25 21 46 109 .266/.247 159/129

DH – Lewis Brinson, Brewers (AAA Colorado Springs)

Avg OBP SLG 2B HR SB BB K ISO wRC+
.331 .400 .562 22 13 11 32 62 .231 146

RHP – Jack Flaherty, Cardinals (AA Springfield/AAA Memphis)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
2.18 2.92/4.06 8.93 1.04 148.2 120 35 147 14-4 .221

RHP – Alec Hanson, White Sox (A Kannapolis/Hi A Winston Salem/AA Birmingham)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
2.80 3.14/2.89/1.45 12.18 1.17 141.1 114 51 191 11-8 .216

LHP – Kolby Allard, Braves (AA Mississippi)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
3.18 3.42 7.74 1.27 150 146 45 129 8-11 2.58

LHP – Ryan Borucki, Blue Jays (Hi A Dunedin/AA New Hampshire/AAA Buffalo)

ERA xFIP K/9 WHIP IP Hits BB K W/L Avg
2.93 2.83/3.25/2.45 9.41 1.12 150.1 132 36 157 8-8 .236

Thoughts

This was a harder exercise than I anticipated.  I had seen a number of post season all star lists that had Bo Bichette at 2B to accomodate Tatis, Jr. on the first team.  Bichette played 14 games at 2B in 2017.  I think he will be a 2B in the majors, however, for all intents and purposes, he is a SS now.  And as a SS that played the majority of his games in the same league (Midwest A) as Tatis, Bichette outshined him in all major categories.

Third Base was a tougher choice.  At first thought, I would have ranked third baseman in the order of Devers, Vlad, Jr., Senzel, McMahon.  McMahon’s offensive season was so good that I could not keep him off the 1st team, which left Vlad, Jr. and Senzel on the second team.

Francisco Mejia may very well be the best catching prospect in baseball, but Danny Jansen is closing that gap fast.  I think Jansen is a starting MLB catcher right now and he will fly up my post season prospect lists.  Starting catchers with his hit tool are hard to find.

I chose not to include RP.  Call me old school.  Call me a curmedgeon, yelling at RP’s to get off my lawn.  I recognize their importance in a practical game setting, however, I dont view a postseason all star team as a practical setting for a RP in place of a SP.  Instead of adding a guy like Moya to the 1st team, I would rather add Kopech.

The only sure fire first teamers for me were Acuna, Hays, and Duplantier.  Every other position, I was back and forth, looking at every stat I could find to justify the rankings.  With that said, I think the 2nd team is almost just as good as the first.

Honorable Mentions

Zack Littell, SP, MIN; Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN; Garrett Hampson, MI, COL; Chance Adams, SP, NYY; Merandy Gonzalez, SP, MIA; Yoan Moncada, 2B, CWS; Tyler O’Neill, OF, SEA; Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB

Editor’s Note: *wRc+, ISO, and xFIP are listed in order of league played.

 

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