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Down On The Farm: A's 2014 Minor League All-Star Team

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Chad Pinder
Chad Pinder

Of course, the big news down on the farm this week was the shift of the A's Triple-A affiliate from Sacramento to Nashville, with the Giants shifting their affiliation from Fresno to Sacramento - which has already been discussed plenty here on Athletics Nation over the past week. The A's deal with Nashville runs through 2018, while their deals with Midland, Stockton and Vermont are set to run through 2016.

With the 2014 minor league season now complete though, it's a good time to take a step back and determine who the true standouts on the field really were in the A's system in 2014. And with that in mind, this week I selected the A's 2014 Organizational All-Star Team on my Athletics Farm site and thought I'd share it with all of you here as well.

Below you'll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton, Class-A Beloit, Class-A Short-Season Vermont and the Rookie League Short-Season Arizona League A's in 2014. 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 10 starts for their team, while closers were selected from each team's saves leader.

Players who left the A's system during the season - Michael Taylor, Dusty Robinson, Billy McKinney, B.A. Vollmuth, etc. - have not been included. And the asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A's system, but players' major league statistics and statistics acquired while with other organizations have not been included.

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 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 / .215 AVG / .291 OBP / .362 SLG / .653 OPS)

Midland - Blake Forsythe (5 HR / .224 AVG / .307 OBP / .349 SLG / .656 OPS)

Stockton - Bruce Maxwell (6 HR / .243 AVG / .334 OBP / .334 SLG / .668 OPS) *

Beloit - Philip Pohl (6 HR / .242 AVG / .313 OBP / .374 SLG / .687 OPS) *

Vermont - Kyle Wheeler (0 HR / .181 AVG / .227 OBP / .205 SLG / .432 OPS)

AZL A's - Argenis Raga (0 HR / .338 AVG / .400 OBP / .479 SLG / .879 OPS)

FIRST BASE

Sacto - Anthony Aliotti (9 HR / .267 AVG / .365 OBP / .406 SLG / .771 OPS) *

Midland - Max Muncy (7 HR / .264 AVG / .385 OBP / .379 SLG / .764 OPS)

Stockton - Matt Olson (37 HR / .262 AVG / .404 OBP / .543 SLG / .947 OPS)

Beloit - Michael Soto (9 HR / .290 AVG / .353 OBP / .492 SLG / .845 OPS) *

Vermont - John Nogowski (1 HR / .264 AVG / .351 OBP / .347 SLG / .699 OPS) *

AZL A's - Shawn Duinkerk (0 HR / .167 AVG / .222 OBP / .254 SLG / .476 OPS)

SECOND BASE

Sacto - Jose Martinez (8 HR / .276 AVG / .345 OBP / .372 SLG / .717 OPS)

Midland - Conner Crumbliss (10 HR / .251 AVG / .358 OBP / .394 SLG / .752 OPS)

Stockton - Chad Pinder (13 HR / .288 AVG / .336 OBP / .489 SLG / .824 OPS)

Beloit - Chih Fang Pan (1 HR / .254 AVG / .311 OBP / .331 SLG / .642 OPS)

Vermont - Trent Gilbert (0 HR / .242 AVG / .300 OBP / .317 SLG / .618 OPS) *

AZL A's - Jesus Lopez (0 HR / .221 AVG / .316 OBP / .272 SLG / .588 OPS)

SHORTSTOP

Sacto - Andy Parrino (7 HR / .286 AVG / .363 OBP / .404 SLG / .767 OPS)

Midland - Dusty Coleman (18 HR / .223 AVG / .300 OBP / .397 SLG / .697 OPS)

Stockton - Daniel Robertson (15 HR / .310 AVG / .402 OBP / .471 SLG / .873 OPS)

Beloit - Melvin Mercedes (2 HR / .222 AVG / .303 OBP / .316 SLG / .618 OPS)

Vermont - Yairo Munoz (5 HR / .298 AVG / .319 OBP / .448 SLG / .768 OPS)

AZL A's - Trace Loehr (0 HR / .244 AVG / .313 OBP / .288 SLG / .600 OPS)

THIRD BASE

Sacto - Alden Carrithers (2 HR / .284 AVG / .381 OBP / .349 SLG / .729 OPS)

Midland - Jefry Marte (10 HR / .259 AVG / .333 OBP / .375 SLG / .709 OPS)

Stockton - Renato Nunez (29 HR / .279 AVG / .336 OBP / .517 SLG / .853 OPS)

Beloit - Luis Baez (7 HR / .237 AVG / .260 OBP / .344 SLG / .603 OPS)

Vermont - Jose Brizuela (6 HR / .254 AVG / .320 OBP / .413 SLG / .733 OPS) *

AZL A's - Jean Carlo Rodriguez (0 HR / .184 AVG / .296 OBP / .224 SLG / .520 OPS)

LEFT FIELD

Sacto - Nick Buss (4 HR / .307 AVG / .371 OBP / .380 SLG / .751 OPS)

Midland - Chad Oberacker (2 HR / .221 AVG / .280 OBP / .315 SLG / .595 OPS) *

Stockton - Aaron Shipman (1 HR / .292 AVG / .414 OBP / .410 SLG / .824 OPS)

Beloit - B.J. Boyd (6 HR / .226 AVG / .300 OBP / .319 SLG / .619 OPS)

Vermont - Ben McQuown (2 HR / .239 AVG / .313 OBP / .319 SLG / .632 OPS)

AZL A's - Robert Martinez (5 HR / .219 AVG / .339 OBP / .411 SLG / .749 OPS)

CENTER FIELD

Sacto - Shane Peterson (11 HR / .308 AVG / .381 OBP / .460 SLG / .841 OPS)

Midland - Billy Burns (1 HR / .237 AVG / .315 OBP / .302 SLG / .618 OPS) *

Stockton - Bobby Crocker (11 HR / .271 AVG / .336 OBP / .421 SLG / .757 OPS)

Beloit - Boog Powell (3 HR / .343 AVG / .451 OBP / .435 SLG / .886 OPS) *

Vermont - Brett Vertigan (1 HR / .265 AVG / .309 OBP / .364 SLG / .673 OPS)

AZL A's - Jonesy Zarraga (0 HR / .228 AVG / .283 OBP / .307 SLG / .590 OPS)

RIGHT FIELD

Sacto - Josh Whitaker (12 HR / .295 AVG / .342 OBP / .488 SLG / .830 OPS) *

Midland - Kent Matthes (16 HR / .232 AVG / .291 OBP / .424 SLG / .715 OPS) *

Stockton - Jaycob Brugman (21 HR / .280 AVG / .354 OBP / .506 SLG / .860 OPS) *

Beloit - Tyler Marincov (18 HR / .268 AVG / .347 OBP / .486 SLG / .833 OPS) *

Vermont - Scott Masik (1 HR / .218 AVG / .321 OBP / .276 SLG / .598 OPS)

AZL A's - Vicmal De La Cruz (0 HR / .210 AVG / .306 OBP / .299 SLG / .605 OPS)

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto - Daric Barton (9 HR / .261 AVG / .371 OBP / .411 SLG / .781 OPS)

Midland - Hiroyuki Nakajima (6 HR / .247 AVG / .321 OBP / .342 SLG / .664 OPS) *

Stockton - Ryon Healy (16 HR / .285 AVG / .318 OBP / .428 SLG / .746 OPS)

Beloit - Ryan Mathews (12 HR / .269 AVG / .317 OBP / .454 SLG / .771 OPS)

Vermont - Max Kuhn (5 HR / .275 AVG / .345 OBP / .426 SLG / .772 OPS) *

AZL A's - Edwin Diaz (1 HR / .241 AVG / .343 OBP / .359 SLG / .702 OPS)

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto - Zach Neal (166 IP / 170 H / 57 ER / 20 BB / 124 K / 3.09 ERA / 1.14 WHIP) *

Midland - Chris Jensen (160 1/3 IP / 147 H / 56 ER / 62 BB / 94 K / 3.14 ERA / 1.30 WHIP)

Stockton - Seth Streich (114 IP / 110 H / 40 ER / 22 BB / 116 K / 3.16 ERA / 1.16 WHIP)

Beloit - Kyle Finnegan (125 IP / 109 H / 56 ER / 53 BB / 61 K / 4.03 ERA / 1.30 WHIP) *

Vermont - A.J. Burke (71 2/3 IP / 76 H / 31 ER / 13 BB / 57 K / 3.89 ERA / 1.24 WHIP)

AZL A's - Carlos Navas (71 IP / 75 H / 26 ER / 20 BB / 61 K / 3.30 ERA / 1.34 WHIP)

CLOSER

Sacto - Jeremy McBryde (65 IP / 40 H / 16 ER / 26 BB / 66 K / 2.22 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 17 SV)

Midland - Seth Frankoff (64 1/3 IP / 59 H / 24 ER / 21 BB / 69 K / 3.36 ERA / 1.24 WHIP / 16 SV) *

Stockton - Austin House (61 2/3 IP / 50 H / 21 ER / 23 BB / 82 K / 3.06 ERA / 1.18 WHIP / 19 SV) *

Beloit - Andres Avila (69 2/3 IP / 66 H / 22 ER / 17 BB / 64 K / 2.84 ERA / 1.19 WHIP / 8 SV) *

Vermont - Koby Gauna (24 2/3 IP / 19 H / 9 ER / 4 BB / 19 K / 3.28 ERA / 0.93 WHIP / 12 SV) *

AZL A's - Jesus Rivas (21 IP / 28 H / 5 ER / 4 BB / 10 K / 2.14 ERA / 1.52 WHIP / 7 SV)


A's Organizational All-Star Team - The Winners

CATCHER

Stockton - Bruce Maxwell (6 HR / .243 AVG / .334 OBP / .334 SLG / .668 OPS) *

FIRST BASE

Stockton - Matt Olson (37 HR / .262 AVG / .404 OBP / .543 SLG / .947 OPS)

SECOND BASE

Stockton - Chad Pinder (13 HR / .288 AVG / .336 OBP / .489 SLG / .824 OPS)

SHORTSTOP

Stockton - Daniel Robertson (15 HR / .310 AVG / .402 OBP / .471 SLG / .873 OPS)

THIRD BASE

Stockton - Renato Nunez (29 HR / .279 AVG / .336 OBP / .517 SLG / .853 OPS)

LEFT FIELD

Sacto - Nick Buss (4 HR / .307 AVG / .371 OBP / .380 SLG / .751 OPS)

CENTER FIELD

Beloit - Boog Powell (3 HR / .343 AVG / .451 OBP / .435 SLG / .886 OPS) *

RIGHT FIELD

Stockton - Jaycob Brugman (21 HR / .280 AVG / .354 OBP / .506 SLG / .860 OPS) *

DESIGNATED HITTER

Sacto - Daric Barton (9 HR / .261 AVG / .371 OBP / .411 SLG / .781 OPS)

STARTING PITCHER

Sacto - Zach Neal (166 IP / 170 H / 57 ER / 20 BB / 124 K / 3.09 ERA / 1.14 WHIP) *

CLOSER

Sacto - Jeremy McBryde (65 IP / 40 H / 16 ER / 26 BB / 66 K / 2.22 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 17 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.