Down On The Farm: A's Organizational All-Star Team

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With the California League and the Midwest League All-Star breaks taking place this week and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, it's the perfect time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field have been in the A's system in the first half of 2014. And with that in mind, I named the A's Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team on my Athletics Farm site this week, and I thought all you A's Nation readers might want to weigh in on it here too.

Below you'll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton and Class-A Beloit. Offensive starters were selected from the players who had the most games played at each position for each team, with notable players not leading in games played at a particular position listed in the designated hitter category. Starting pitchers for each club were selected from hurlers who've had at least 7 starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team's saves leader.

The statistics below are complete through games of Saturday, June 14. The asterisks denote players who may have also acquired statistics from other teams this season, though only their statistics from their primary team are listed below. Anthony Aliotti, Kent Matthes, Jose Chavez and Ryan Huck have all had stints with other teams in the A's system, while Nick Buss and Andy Parrino have both done time in other teams' systems, and Dan Straily, Evan Scribner and Parrino have all spent time in Oakland. But only the statistics from their primary teams are included below.

It's also worth noting that long-time River Cats right fielder Michael Taylor was just traded to the White Sox on Saturday. But prior to that, he served in the most regular outfield lineup in the A's system in Sacramento, along with Shane Peterson in center and Nick Buss left. Meanwhile, Max Muncy has only spent about half his time at first base this season while splitting the rest of his starts between designated hitter and third base. And speaking of third base, with Ryan Huck's demotion from Beloit, B.A. Vollmuth has recently made the move from third base to first and Luis Baez has now stepped in as Beloit's regular third baseman - though it's possible he could soon be supplanted there by A's 1st-round pick Matt Chapman if he doesn't end up being sent to Vermont.

Below the list of contenders, you'll find my selection of Organizational All-Stars at each position. The winners were determined based purely on performance, not potential. Remember, we're not selecting the top prospects here, we're choosing the top performers on the field so far this season. So take a good look at the candidates for yourself and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and selections...


A's Organizational All-Star Team - The Contenders


CATCHER

Sacto - Ryan Ortiz (2 HR / .244 AVG / .400 OBP / .354 SLG / .754 OPS)

Midland - Beau Taylor (3 HR / .246 AVG / .303 OBP / .380 SLG / .684 OPS)

Stockton - Bruce Maxwell (5 HR / .273 AVG / .356 OBP / .392 SLG / .748 OPS)

Beloit - Jose Chavez (0 HR / .229 AVG / .292 OBP / .260 SLG / .553 OPS) *


FIRST BASE

Sacto - Nate Freiman (11 HR / .277 AVG / .354 OBP / .485 SLG / .839 OPS)

Midland - Anthony Aliotti (5 HR / .257 AVG / .376 OBP / .421 SLG / .797 OPS) *

Stockton - Matt Olson (15 HR / .233 AVG / .384 OBP / .465 SLG / .849 OPS)

Beloit - Ryan Huck (3 HR / .202 AVG / .312 OBP / .311 SLG / .623 OPS) *


SECOND BASE

Sacto - Tyler Ladendorf (2 HR / .315 AVG / .399 OBP / .455 SLG / .854 OPS)

Midland - Conner Crumbliss (3 HR / .222 AVG / .332 OBP / .340 SLG / .672 OPS)

Stockton - Chad Pinder (11 HR / .308 AVG / .349 OBP / .577 SLG / .926 OPS)

Beloit - Sam Roberts (1 HR / .244 AVG / .307 OBP / .307 SLG / .614 OPS)


SHORTSTOP

Sacto - Andy Parrino (3 HR / .344 AVG / .411 OBP / .452 SLG / .862 OPS) *

Midland - Dusty Coleman (7 HR / .254 AVG / .322 OBP / .408 SLG / .730 OPS)

Stockton - Daniel Robertson (6 HR / .295 AVG / .384 OBP / .425 SLG / .809 OPS)

Beloit - Melvin Mercedes (0 HR / .259 AVG / .346 OBP / .345 SLG / .691 OPS)


THIRD BASE

Sacto - Alden Carrithers (1 HR / .308 AVG / .406 OBP / .384 SLG / .790 OPS)

Midland - Jefry Marte (4 HR / .234 AVG / .281 OBP / .333 SLG / .614 OPS)

Stockton - Renato Nunez (9 HR / .255 AVG / .321 OBP / .449 SLG / .770 OPS)

Beloit - B.A. Vollmuth (6 HR / .176 AVG / .263 OBP / .299 SLG / .562 OPS)


LEFT FIELD

Sacto - Nick Buss (2 HR / .305 AVG / .371 OBP / .404 SLG / .775 OPS) *

Midland - Kent Matthes (4 HR / .211 AVG / .248 OBP / .421 SLG / .669 OPS) *

Stockton - Bobby Crocker (5 HR / .257 AVG / .306 OBP / .388 SLG / .694 OPS)

Beloit - B.J. Boyd (4 HR / .220 AVG / .300 OBP / .331 SLG / .631 OPS)


CENTER FIELD

Sacto - Shane Peterson (4 HR / .302 AVG / .389 OBP / .408 SLG / .797 OPS)

Midland - Billy Burns (0 HR / .259 AVG / .335 OBP / .333 SLG / .668 OPS)

Stockton - Billy McKinney (7 HR / .228 AVG / .336 OBP / .375 SLG / .711 OPS)

Beloit - Herschel Powell (2 HR / .337 AVG / .449 OBP / .424 SLG / .873 OPS)


RIGHT FIELD

Sacto - Michael Taylor (5 HR / .243 AVG / .357 OBP / .385 SLG / .742 OPS)

Midland - Josh Whitaker (9 HR / .324 AVG / .374 OBP / .537 SLG / .911 OPS)

Stockton - Dusty Robinson (8 HR / .226 AVG / .298 OBP / .398 SLG / .696 OPS)

Beloit - Tyler Marincov (7 HR / .248 AVG / .345 OBP / .429 SLG / .774 OPS)


DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto - Jose Martinez (3 HR / .267 AVG / .349 OBP / .350 SLG / .698 OPS)

Midland - Max Muncy (3 HR / .268 AVG / .378 OBP / .399 SLG / .777 OPS)

Stockton - Ryon Healy (7 HR / .242 AVG / .279 OBP / .385 SLG / .664 OPS)

Beloit - Luis Baez (2 HR / .263 AVG / .278 OBP / .384 SLG / .662 OPS)


STARTING PITCHER

Sacto - Dan Straily (45 2/3 IP / 36 H / 18 ER / 18 BB / 46 K / 3.55 ERA / 1.18 WHIP) *

Midland - Nate Long (63 2/3 IP / 52 H / 24 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 3.39 ERA / 1.10 WHIP)

Stockton - Seth Streich (74 IP / 66 H / 25 ER / 17 BB / 78 K / 3.04 ERA / 1.12 WHIP)

Beloit - Kyle Finnegan (75 2/3 IP / 58 H / 24 ER / 32 BB / 35 K / 2.85 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)


CLOSER

Sacto - Evan Scribner (23 2/3 IP / 24 H / 12 ER / 6 BB / 31 K / 4.56 ERA / 1.27 WHIP / 9 SV) *

Midland - Seth Frankoff (29 2/3 IP / 26 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 42 K / 2.73 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 12 SV)

Stockton - Austin House (29 IP / 29 H / 16 ER / 11 BB / 46 K / 4.97 ERA / 1.38 WHIP / 9 SV)

Beloit - Andres Avila (30 2/3 IP / 31 H / 10 ER / 5 BB / 22 K / 2.93 ERA / 1.17 WHIP / 7 SV)


A's Organizational All-Star Team - The Winners


CATCHER

Stockton - Bruce Maxwell (5 HR / .273 AVG / .356 OBP / .392 SLG / .748 OPS)


FIRST BASE

Stockton - Matt Olson (15 HR / .233 AVG / .384 OBP / .465 SLG / .849 OPS)


SECOND BASE

Stockton - Chad Pinder (11 HR / .308 AVG / .349 OBP / .577 SLG / .926 OPS)


SHORTSTOP

Sacto - Andy Parrino (3 HR / .344 AVG / .411 OBP / .452 SLG / .862 OPS) *


THIRD BASE

Sacto - Alden Carrithers (1 HR / .308 AVG / .406 OBP / .384 SLG / .790 OPS)


LEFT FIELD

Sacto - Nick Buss (2 HR / .305 AVG / .371 OBP / .404 SLG / .775 OPS) *


CENTER FIELD

Beloit - Herschel Powell (2 HR / .337 AVG / .449 OBP / .424 SLG / .873 OPS)


RIGHT FIELD

Midland - Josh Whitaker (9 HR / .324 AVG / .374 OBP / .537 SLG / .911 OPS)


DESIGNATED HITTER

Midland - Max Muncy (3 HR / .268 AVG / .378 OBP / .399 SLG / .777 OPS)


STARTING PITCHER

Stockton - Seth Streich (74 IP / 66 H / 25 ER / 17 BB / 78 K / 3.04 ERA / 1.12 WHIP)


CLOSER

Midland - Seth Frankoff (29 2/3 IP / 26 H / 9 ER / 9 BB / 42 K / 2.73 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 12 SV)


You can check out my blog - Athletics Farm - for updates on the A's minor league teams and all the top prospects down on the farm.

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