As a follow-up to last week’s Cubs mid-season top 10 prospect list, this week I decided to choose my mid-season minor league all-star team. As opposed to last week’s list, which looks at performance and upside, this all-star team is decided purely on who has the best stats this year at their respective position.
So, without further ado, here are your 2011 All-Stars:
CATCHER – Welington Castillo, Iowa(.304/.370/.557)
Castillo has hit 16 homers between class A Daytona and Iowa. Could he be the Cubs catcher of the future?
Honorable Mention: Steve Clevenger, Iowa/Tennessee (.309/.368/.481)
FIRST BASE – Bryan LaHair, Iowa (.338/.415/.671)
In addition to his ridiculous slash line, LaHair has posted 28 homers in just 331 AB’s at Iowa. At 28, he’s a little old to be a prospect, but a Carlos Pena trade could give him a shot to prove he’s not a 4-A guy.
Honorable Mention: Richard Jones, Peoria (.304/.353/.541)
SECOND BASE – D.J. LeMahieu, Iowa/Tennessee (.348/.378/.462)
LeMahieu has split his time this year between third (41 games) and second (38 games), but he played mostly at second during his brief stint in the majors, which is why I put him here. However, he would be an all-star at either position.
Honorable Mention: Logan Watkins, Daytona (.288/.375/.405)
THIRD BASE – Greg Rohan, Daytona/Peoria (.317/.370/.436)
Third is a pretty weak position for the Cubs, so Rohan takes the prize. He hasn’t shown much power this year (just 5 HR’s), but has hit for a good average and gets on base at a good clip.
Honorable Mention: Marquez Smith, Iowa (.283/.353/.448)
SHORT STOP – Marwin Gonzalez, Iowa/Tennessee (.314/.365/.446)
Honorable Mention: Junior Lake, Tennessee/Daytona (.276/.307/.433)
While Crawford’s season stats looks nice, he’s old for class A (23). Snyder has been at AAA for the last 5 years, so he should have it mastered by now. Szczur is the one to watch here.
Honorable Mention: Jae-Hoon Ha (.270/.308/.425)
STARTING PITCHERS – Robert Whitenack, Tennessee/Daytona (7-0, 1.93 ERA); Nicholas Struck, Iowa/Tennessee/Daytona (8-6, 3.25 ERA); Austin Kirk, Peoria (5-7, 3.63 ERA); Zach Rosscup, Daytona (4-2, 2.54 ERA); and Aaron Kurcz, Daytona (4-4, 3.53 ERA).
Whitenack is lost for the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery. Struck has advanced quickly and has held his own in the notoriously hitter friendly PCL. Kirk and Rosscup may not wow you with their stuff, but they get outs. Kurcz has split his time between starting (12 games) and relieving (10 games) and has a 3.72 ERA as a starter.
Honorable Mention: Chris Rusin, Iowa/Tennessee (4-2, 3.96 ERA)
Right hander Batista leads all Cubs minor leaguers with 19 saves.
Lefty Beliveau has been dominant, striking out 70 in 55.2 IP (11.3 K/9).
Honorable Mention: Scott Maine, Iowa (3.67 ERA, 9 saves)