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A’s Farm Report: 2019 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team

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With the California League and the Midwest League All-Star breaks taking place last week and all the minor league affiliates right around the halfway points of their seasons, last week on Athletics Farm, we named our 2019 Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team.

Below you’ll find the primary starting players at each position for Triple-A Las Vegas, Double-A Midland, High-A Stockton and Class-A Beloit. Position players were selected from the primary starters 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 among the top starters for each team, while closers were selected from each team’s saves leader.

Players are listed with the team they’ve spent most of the first half of the season with. Asterisks denote players with combined statistics from multiple minor league teams within the A’s system during the first half, but players’ major league statistics are not included. All statistics listed are complete through games of Wednesday, June 19 – the last day of the California League and the Midwest League All-Star breaks.

Check out the list of All-Star candidates at each position, then scroll down to find our winning 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.

--THE CANDIDATES--

(All statistics complete through games of Wednesday, June 19)

CATCHER

Las Vegas – Beau Taylor (118 AB / 5 HR / .297 AVG / .450 OBP / .492 SLG / .942 OPS)

Midland – Jonah Heim (183 AB / 5 HR / .301 AVG / .383 OBP / .459 SLG / .842 OPS) *

Stockton – Jordan Devencenzi (115 AB / 1 HR / .191 AVG / .252 OBP / .243 SLG / .495 OPS)

Beloit – Skyler Weber (153 AB / 3 HR / .209 AVG / .262 OBP / .320 SLG / .582 OPS)

FIRST BASE

Las Vegas – Eric Campbell (175 AB / 8 HR / .257 AVG / .376 OBP / .451 SLG / .828 OPS)

Midland – Mikey White (237 AB / 6 HR / .266 AVG / .353 OBP / .426 SLG / .779 OPS)

Stockton – Alfonso Rivas (202 AB / 4 HR / .272 AVG / .389 OBP / .386 SLG / .775 OPS)

Beloit – JJ Schwarz (138 AB / 3 HR / .152 AVG / .245 OBP / .232 SLG / .477 OPS) *

SECOND BASE

Las Vegas – Franklin Barreto (239 AB / 11 HR / .289 AVG / .384 OBP / .540 SLG / .923 OPS)

Midland – Nate Mondou (182 AB / 2 HR / .209 AVG / .344 OBP / .313 SLG / .657 OPS)

Stockton – Jeremy Eierman (236 AB / 7 HR / .212 AVG / .275 OBP / .373 SLG / .648 OPS)

Beloit – Joseph Pena (117 AB / 0 HR / .265 AVG / .378 OBP / .299 SLG / .677 OPS)

SHORTSTOP

Las Vegas – Jorge Mateo (309 AB / 10 HR / .327 AVG / .361 OBP / .553 SLG / .914 OPS)

Midland – Kevin Merrell (231 AB / 2 HR / .255 AVG / .296 OBP / .346 SLG / .642 OPS)

Stockton – Nick Allen (257 AB / 3 HR / .296 AVG / .367 OBP / .455 SLG / .822 OPS)

Beloit – Marcos Brito (137 AB / 2 HR / .204 AVG / .262 OBP / .292 SLG / .554 OPS)

THIRD BASE

Las Vegas – Sheldon Neuse (246 AB / 9 HR / .309 AVG / .392 OBP / .508 SLG / .900 OPS)

Midland – Edwin Diaz (235 AB / 5 HR / .243 AVG / .319 OBP / .400 SLG / .719 OPS)

Stockton – Jonah Bride (158 AB / 5 HR / .228 AVG / .342 OBP / .361 SLG / .703 OPS)

Beloit – Cobie Vance (193 AB / 1 HR / .197 AVG / .313 OBP / .254 SLG / .567 OPS)

LEFT FIELD

Las Vegas – Mark Payton (173 AB / 9 HR / .295 AVG / .367 OBP / .520 SLG / .887 OPS)

Midland – Dairon Blanco (234 AB / 7 HR / .282 AVG / .335 OBP / .479 SLG / .813 OPS)

Stockton – Lazaro Armenteros (229 AB / 10 HR / .227 AVG / .356 OBP / .437 SLG / .793 OPS)

Beloit – Anthony Churlin (143 AB / 1 HR / .203 AVG / .283 OBP / .259 SLG / .542 OPS)

CENTER FIELD

Las Vegas – Dustin Fowler (276 AB / 10 HR / .264 AVG / .327 OBP / .431 SLG / .758 OPS)

Midland – Luis Barrera (207 AB / 3 HR / .319 AVG / .357 OBP / .512 SLG / .870 OPS)

Stockton – Austin Beck (187 AB / 6 HR / .257 AVG / .305 OBP / .455 SLG / .760 OPS)

Beloit – Lester Madden (210 AB / 1 HR / .224 AVG / .281 OBP / .319 SLG / .600 OPS)

RIGHT FIELD

Las Vegas – Skye Bolt (154 AB / 7 HR / .318 AVG / .387 OBP / .565 SLG / .952 OPS)

Midland – Greg Deichmann (228 AB / 7 HR / .211 AVG / .282 OBP / .346 SLG / .629 OPS)

Stockton – Jameson Hannah (249 AB / 2 HR / .273 AVG / .337 OBP / .382 SLG / .718 OPS)

Beloit – Logan Farrar (168 AB / 0 HR / .232 AVG / .323 OBP / .262 SLG / .585 OPS)

DESIGNATED HITTER

Las Vegas – Seth Brown (237 AB / 16 HR / .262 AVG / .309 OBP / .557 SLG / .866 OPS)

Midland – Chase Calabuig (201 AB / 2 HR / .299 AVG / .412 OBP / .373 SLG / .785 OPS) *

Stockton – Trace Loehr (186 AB / 1 HR / .285 AVG / .337 OBP / .349 SLG / .686 OPS)

Beloit – Ryan Gridley (163 AB / 3 HR / .264 AVG / .342 OBP / .411 SLG / .753 OPS)

STARTING PITCHER

Las Vegas – Daniel Mengden (49.1 IP / 39 H / 19 ER / 16 BB / 50 K / 3.47 ERA / 1.11 WHIP)

Midland – Brian Howard (78.1 IP / 74 H / 29 ER / 30 BB / 64 K / 3.33 ERA / 1.33 WHIP)

Stockton – Brady Feigl (77.1 IP / 71 H / 26 ER / 20 BB / 65 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.18 WHIP)

Beloit – Aiden McIntyre (52.1 IP / 38 H / 13 ER / 32 BB / 79 K / 2.24 ERA / 1.34 WHIP)

CLOSER

Las Vegas – Brian Schlitter (32.2 IP / 36 H / 14 ER / 4 BB / 26 K / 3.86 ERA / 1.22 WHIP / 10 SV)

Midland – Kyle Finnegan (24.1 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 9 BB / 36 K / 1.48 ERA / 1.11 WHIP / 9 SV) *

Stockton – Nick Highberger (32 IP / 28 H / 14 ER / 15 BB / 18 K / 3.94 ERA / 1.34 WHIP / 3 SV)

Beloit – Eric Marinez (28.1 IP / 19 H / 10 ER / 18 BB / 40 K / 3.18 ERA / 1.31 WHIP / 10 SV)

--A’s Farm’s Mid-Season Organizational All-Star Team--

(All statistics complete through games of Wednesday, June 19)

CATCHER

Beau Taylor – Las Vegas Aviators

(118 AB / 5 HR / .297 AVG / .450 OBP / .492 SLG / .942 OPS)

The 29-year-old veteran minor leaguer has always had a knack for getting on base, but he posted a truly impressive on-base percentage of .450 for Las Vegas before being recalled by the A’s in the wake of Nick Hundley’s recent injury.

FIRST BASE

Eric Campbell – Las Vegas Aviators

(175 AB / 8 HR / .257 AVG / .376 OBP / .451 SLG / .828 OPS)

The 32-year-old minor league free agent signee has done a solid job of getting on base for Las Vegas, putting up a .376 on-base percentage while playing first base for the Aviators.

SECOND BASE

Franklin Barreto – Las Vegas Aviators

(239 AB / 11 HR / .289 AVG / .384 OBP / .540 SLG / .923 OPS)

After getting off to a somewhat slow start this season, Barreto has been absolutely on fire in June, and the 23-year-old has compiled 19 doubles, 11 home runs, 32 walks and 11 stolen bases over his first 65 games for Las Vegas.

SHORTSTOP

Jorge Mateo – Las Vegas Aviators

(309 AB / 10 HR / .327 AVG / .361 OBP / .553 SLG / .914 OPS)

The 23-year-old has been hitting on all cylinders this season, and he leads all A’s minor leaguers in hits, triples, extra-base hits and RBIs while batting .327 and swiping 15 bases for Las Vegas.

THIRD BASE

Sheldon Neuse – Las Vegas Aviators

(246 AB / 9 HR / .309 AVG / .392 OBP / .508 SLG / .900 OPS)

After struggling last season, Neuse has really turned things around in his second season at Triple-A. The 24-year-old has compiled 18 doubles, 9 home runs, 52 RBIs and 33 walks while posting a .392 on-base percentage for Las Vegas.

LEFT FIELD

Mark Payton – Las Vegas Aviators

(173 AB / 9 HR / .295 AVG / .367 OBP / .520 SLG / .887 OPS)

The minor league Rule-5 draftee has turned out to be one of the Aviators’ big boppers this season, compiling 12 doubles, 9 home runs and 42 RBIs while putting up a .520 slugging percentage for Las Vegas.

CENTER FIELD

Luis Barrera – Midland RockHounds

(207 AB / 3 HR / .319 AVG / .357 OBP / .512 SLG / .870 OPS)

The 23-year-old has proven to be the most potent bat in the RockHounds lineup this season, batting .319 with a .512 slugging percentage while compiling 11 triples in 50 games for Midland.

RIGHT FIELD

Skye Bolt – Las Vegas Aviators

(154 AB / 7 HR / .318 AVG / .387 OBP / .565 SLG / .952 OPS)

Bolt has really come into his own at Las Vegas this season. He’s had a couple of brief stints with the A’s, but he’s put up an impressive slugging percentage of .565 in 43 games for the Aviators.

DESIGNATED HITTER

Seth Brown – Las Vegas Aviators

(237 AB / 16 HR / .262 AVG / .309 OBP / .557 SLG / .866 OPS)

The 26-year-old, who’s split time between designated hitter and first base this season, leads all A’s minor leaguers with 16 home runs while sporting a slugging percentage of .557 for Las Vegas.

STARTING PITCHER

Aiden McIntyre – Beloit Snappers

(52.1 IP / 38 H / 13 ER / 32 BB / 79 K / 2.24 ERA / 1.34 WHIP)

Last year’s 22nd-round draft pick for the A’s has been something of a revelation this season. The 23-year-old leads all A’s minor league starters with a 2.24 ERA and 79 strikeouts while averaging 13.6 K/9 for Beloit.

CLOSER

Kyle Finnegan – Midland RockHounds

(24.1 IP / 18 H / 4 ER / 9 BB / 36 K / 1.48 ERA / 1.11 WHIP / 9 SV) *

The veteran minor league reliever has been a true closer for the RockHounds this season while also getting into one game for Triple-A Las Vegas. On the season, Finnegan has struck out 36 in 24.1 frames while posting a 1.48 ERA.

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