NL Central Post Season Minor League All Stars

Below are the National League Post Season All Star players.  The players here are not necessarily the top prospects, but they are the players who impressed the managers the most in their respective leagues.  To get included on this list a player will have to play most of his season at that level, a reason why Dylan Bundy was not considered for a post season team.

Chicago Cubs

This is the team in a major market that should be dominanting this division.  The games sell out regardless of their place in the standings so the incentive to win is not great.  That may change with the hiring of Theo Epstein.  He is under different rules than he had while with the Red Sox.  Theo was great at collecting free agent players who could give him supplemental draft picks the next year after they were declared Type A or B free agents.

Justin Bour DH AA - The first baseman bashed 17 homeruns, which was six less than last year.  He did drive in a career high 110 RBIs.

John Andreoli Utl Hi A - The outfielder hit .289 in his second season stealing 55 bases in 75 attempts.  He also took 75 walks to give him a .402 OBA.

Matt Loosen SP Hi A - Not an impressive ERA (4.07) but a good 11-5 record.  In his two previous years he had not gotten more than two wins.

Gioskar Amaya 2B SS - Last year the Venezuelan hit .377 to be rated the ninth best prospect in the Venezuelan League.  Those numbers were tough to match, but he did hit .298, hitting for a bit more power with his eight homeruns.

Dan Vogelbach 1B rookie - At 6′0″ 250 pounds Dan is the Cubs answer to Prince Fielder, including the power with his 10 homeruns.  He also had slash lines of .322/.423/.608.

Carlos Martinez-Pumarino SP rookie - In his first year, the 6′4″ Cuban finished 5-0, 3.53 in his 14 appearances, only one of them a start.  He showed good control walking just under three hitters per game and striking out just over nine hitters per game.  At 20 years old he still has youth on his side.

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds traded a number of their top prospects for Matt Latos.  The players they traded were excess for positions they had covered in the major leagues.  The poor start by Latos had fans wondering, but he has recovered and the Reds are battling the Nationals for the best record in the National League.

Josh Fellhauer OF AA - Josh had a career high .314 average with an impressive 54/54 walk to whiff ratio putting his OBA at .409.  He doesn’t hit for a lot of power (4) or steal a lot of bases (6 for 10) so fourth outfielder appears to be his destiny.

Billy Hamilton SS Hi A - Voted the MVP of the California League he combined for a record 155 bases at A/AA.  He got more base opportunities with his OBA over .400.  His arm may be a bit short to stay at shortstop and the Reds do have better defensive options ahead of him so look for him to eventually move to second base.

Seth Mejias-Brean 3B rookie - The eighth round 2012 pick hit .313 with eight homeruns.  He was also 6 for 6 in stolen bases.

Ismael Guillen SP rookie - The lefty from Venezuela went 4-1, 2.29 ERA in a repeat of the Pioneer League.  Command may be an issue (4 walks per nine) but he whiffs 11 hitters per nine innings.

Jonathan Reynoso OF rookie - In his first year in the States he surged to a .311 average, 80 points better than he did in his previous two years in the Dominican.  He also was 30 for 39 in stolen bases in just 50 games.  At 6′3″ 177 he could show speed and power.

Milwaukee Brewers

Despite losing Prince Fielder they still fought for a wild card spot.  They have a little more depth in their minor league season after trading the farm last year for Zack Greinke.

Hunter Morris 1B AA - Bashed a career high 28 homeruns with a .303 average.  He showed his versatility by being voted the best defensive first baseman in the league.

Scooter Gennett 2B AA - A leadoff hitter named Scooter hit .293.  He doesn’t steal a lot of bases (11 for 16) but he was voted the best defensive second baseman in the Southern League.

Mike Walker 3B Hi A - He tends to strikeout a lot with 123 whiffs in 129 games but he hit .280 with a little bit of pop (12 homeruns).

Pittsburgh Pirates

It appeared their record for losing seasons would end at 19, but another second half collapse has put them back under .500 with a week left in the season.  They lack major league pitching but they have some good arms in the minor leagues.  In a couple years the arms should catch up with the bats, provided the SEAL type training does not do them in.

Starling Marte OF AAA - He has the same kind of tools as Andrew McCutchen.  He hit .286 with double digits in doubles (21), triples (13) and homeruns (12).  His stolen base numbers were down (21 for 33).  The numbers earned him a promotion to the major leagues where he struggled a bit (.255), but Andrew took a couple years to get acclimated to the major leagues.

Tim Wood RP AAA - At 30 years old he has been in the game awhile.  He was 6-6, 2.19 with 21 saves.  Tim appeared in 13 games for Pittsburgh last year but no callup this year.

Brock Holt Utl AA - His .322 average was impressive in AA but when he got promoted to AAA he hit .432 in over 100 at bats.  He’s hit .300 with the Pirates.  Not a lot of power but he appears to be a pesky hitter that could fill a utility role.

Alex Dickerson 1B Hi A - Voted the best defensive first baseman in the Florida State League.  His 13 homeruns was impressive in the pitcher’s parks but his 31 doubles allowed him to drive in a productive 90 RBIs.

Alen Hanson SS Low A - Voted the most exciting player in the South Atlantic League, breaking out for power with his 16 homeruns.  He also hit .309 with 33 doubles, 13 triples and 35 stolen bases.  The Pirates will try to move him quickly next year.

Gregory Polanco OF Low A - Another exciting player who mixes power (16 homeruns) and speed (40 stolen bases).  He also hit .325.  He was voted the best arm in the South Atlantic League, but he could have been the most exciting player without Hanson.

Wyatt Mathisen C rookie - The second round 2012 pick hit .295, stealing 10 bases, pretty prolific for a catcher.

St. Louis Cardinals

The fans have adapted without Albert Pujols.  The team has a better chance of making the playoffs than the Angels with Pujols.  They tend not to hype their minor league players like other teams, but when they are promoted they seem to produce.

Kolten Wong 2B AA - The major league team has a hole at second base.  Kolten would like to fill it.  He combines good defense with a steady bat (.287, 9, 52).  He was a first round draft pick for the Cardinals in 2011.

Oscar Taveras OF AA - Voted the MVP of the Texas League hitting .321 with 23 homeruns.  Last year he just missed the batting title (.386) because of limited at bats.  This year he substituted power for average earning the vote as the most exciting player in the Texas League.

Seth Maness SP AA - He relies more on command than velocity to put up his 11-3, 3.27 numbers.  He doesn’t miss a lot of bats but his 9/83 walk to whiff ratio in 123 innings limits the baserunners.

Trevor Rosenthal SP AA - His 8-6, 2.79 in 17 starts in the Texas League got him a promotion to AAA where he eventually earned a bullpen spot with the Cardinals.  He was voted the best pitching prospect in the Texas League so don’t expect him to stay in the bullpen.

Keith Butler RP AA - He was 5-1, 2.76 with 25 saves in AA.  Closers in the minor leagues usually disappear before reaching the major leagues.

Starlin Rodriguez 2B Hi A - Starlin makes it crowded at second base with his .300 average.  Like Kolten, he was voted the best defensive second baseman in the Florida State League.  He seems to show a little bit of power with eight homeruns and 25 doubles for a .442 slugging.

Mike O’Neil OF Hi A - Mike showed the best strike zone discipline in the Florida State League with an amazing 70 walks and 24 whiffs.  That resulted in a .342 average.  When promoted to AA that strike zone discipline continued with an 8/2 walk to whiff ratio and a .563 average in just over 40 at bats.

Anthony Garcia OF Low A - His first year in full season the Puerto Rican bashed 19 homeruns with 34 doubles.  He hit .280 and in his four year career has a slugging average of .503.

Colin Walsh DH Low A - The third baseman hit .314 with 16 homeruns, but also walked 60 times to give him a .419 OBA.  His 16 homeruns and .530 slugging were career highs.

Jeremy Schaffer 1B rookie - He bruised rookie league pitching for a .272 average with 10 homeruns.  He drove in 51 runs in just 62 games.

Ronnie Shaban RP rookie - The 33rd round 2012 draft pick earned 16 saves.

Luis Perez Utl rookie - The Dominican repeated the Gulf Coast League and hit .309.  The second baseman should earn a full season job next year.

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