Prior to the 2021 season I’ve had both a full-season All-Star team and a rookie-level All-Star team, but since the organization has gone from four teams to two teams at the rookie level it doesn’t make sense to do that. It certainly puts the rookie-level players at a disadvantage compared to their full-season counterparts, but I tried to keep things as fair as I could while also factoring in the level of performance.

Catcher: Chuckie Robinson

Splitting his season in the minor leagues between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville, Chuckie Robinson hit .266/.320/.399 on the season. That was easily the best OPS of any catcher in the system that played at least 20 games. Behind the plate he only allowed four passed balls in 56 games and he threw out 24% of attempted base runners before he joined the Cincinnati Reds late in the season.

1st Base: Alex McGarry

It was a breakout season for Alex McGarry. In 2021 he hit 11 home runs, but four of those homers came in the first seven games of the season. This season he crushed 27 homers – the second most in the organization – while playing in 110 games between Dayton (41 games), Chattanooga (61 games), and Louisville (8 games). Overall he would hit .264/.316/.543 with 15 steals, 56 extra-base hits, and 78 RBI.

2nd Base: Carlos Jorge

After crushing the ball in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 the Reds called Carlos Jorge up to the Arizona Complex League for 2022. Spending nearly all of his time at second base the 18-year-old was among the league leaders in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, and he led the league with 27 steals. Overall the infielder hit .261/.405/.529 with seven doubles, two triples, and seven home runs in 42 games played.

3rd Base: Christian Encarnacion-Strand

After being acquired at the trade deadline, Christian Encarnacion-Strand played in 35 games with Chattanooga and hit .309/.351/.522. And while this is a “Cincinnati Reds minor league All-Star team” it felt wrong to not give this spot to Encarnacion-Strand simply because he was acquired later in the season. Before arriving he played in 87 games with the Twins organization and overall he hit .304/.368/.587 with 31 doubles, five triples, 32 home runs, and he drove in 114 during the season.

Shortstop: Elly De La Cruz

It’s probably no surprise to see Elly De La Cruz get the nod at shortstop. If we’re only counting the stats that took place inside the Reds organization then De La Cruz won the Triple Crown in the farm system. He hit .304/.359/.586 with 28 home runs and 86 RBI. The 20-year-old also stole 47 bases in what has been one of the most impressive offensive seasons in the Cincinnati farm system in a long time.

OF: Carlos Sanchez

If you are going to have a professional debut then you can’t imagine it going much better than the one that Carlos Sanchez had in 2022. The 17-year-old played in 46 games with the Dominican Summer League Reds and hit .355/.506/.442 on the season. He would steal 14 bases in 18 tries and he walked 40 times while striking out just 28 times. He split time between third base and the outfield, but at third base he made 11 errors in 18 games which is one of the reasons why he’s showing up on the list as an outfielder where he found far more success in the field (.959 fielding percentage).

OF: Michael Siani

Similar to what Alex McGarry did this year, it was a breakout season for Michael Siani as he set a new career high with 14 home runs. He entered the season with 14 home runs in parts of the previous three seasons, so it was a big step forward. But he also cut down on his strikeouts, helping him hit .253/.345/.405 on the season. Siani also stole an organizational best 52 bases in 129 games before he was called up to Cincinnati for the final few weeks of the season. Toss in that he’s also likely the best defensive outfielder on the farm and he put together the best year of his career.

OF: Isiah Gilliam

It was the first season in the organization for Isiah Gilliam and he made his presence known. He split his season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville and he put on a show at times in both places. In 115 games he hit .274/.361/.496 with 18 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. The switch-hitter hit one of the furthest homers of the season with a 478-foot blast after arriving in Louisville.

SP: Joe Boyle

Most of Joe Boyle’s season was spent in High-A Dayton where he put up what may last for a very long time as one of the more hilarious runs in farm system history as he allowed 25 hits in 74.2 innings for the Dragons. Control was inconsistent at best as he walked 59 batters there, but he posted a 2.17 ERA. He was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga where he pitched in six more games, though he struggled at times as he walked 25 batters in 26.0 innings. In total on the season he was still dominant, posting a 2.86 ERA in 110.2 innings while striking out 153 batters and allowing just 46 hits.

SP: Chase Petty

One of the youngest starting pitchers in A-ball during the year, Chase Petty pitched in 18 games with Single-A Daytona and another seven in High-A Dayton. He was often limited between 50-75 pitches given his age and experience. That limited his opportunities to qualify for a win, which he only picked up one of on the season and it came in his final start of the season. While he didn’t personally rack up wins, he posted a 3.48 ERA in 98.1 innings and gave his team a good chance to pick up a win quite often. The 19-year-old only allowed seven home runs during the season thanks to big ground ball numbers and he struck out 96 batters to go with just 31 walks on the season.

SP: Javi Rivera

A 20th round draft pick in 2021, Javi Rivera didn’t make his pro debut until this spring. He pitched in 19 games with Daytona before being promoted and making five starts with Dayton to end the season. Between the two stops he posted a 3.29 ERA in 93.0 innings while walking just 25 batters and picking up 111 strikeouts. He led all starters in the organization with a 0.99 WHIP thanks to giving up just 67 hits and showing off strong control of the strikezone.

RP: Owen Holt

Much like the previous two names on the All-Star team, Owen Holt spent much of his year with the Tortugas in Daytona before a late season promotion to Dayton. The reliever pitched in 24 games during the year, throwing 44.2 innings as he often pitched more than an inning per appearance. Among the full-season relievers he was tops in ERA at 2.42. Holt allowed just two home runs all season, walked just 16 batters, and he had 49 strikeouts between his two stops.

RP: Fernando Cruz

In what has to be the best story in the organization this year, Fernando Cruz dominated in Triple-A Louisville most of the year before being promoted to join the big league club where he continued to pitch well. But the season didn’t start out great after having not pitched in affiliated baseball since 2015. At the end of April his ERA was 7.36. Over the next four months he posted a 2.22 ERA in 48.2 innings, dropping his season ERA to 2.89 for Louisville while leading the organization with 23 saves and striking out 66 batters in 56.0 total innings.

8 Responses

  1. LDS

    Hope Cruz sticks with the Reds next season. Making the majors and being successful at his age isn’t common. Maybe he can hold on for a year or two before age wins.

    • MBS

      He’s got a nice sinker, and locates it very well. He always seems to be ready for the moment. Nothing they’ve thrown at him was too big for him. I do agree it’s unlikely we could get more than a couple of years out of him based on background and age.

      • RedsKoolAidDrinker

        Maybe so but I’m not betting against him.

  2. AMDG

    I was thinking James Free for Catcher. 3 1/2 years younger than Robinson, and put up similar production against similar AA competition. Although, it seems to be based on stats, and not upside, so I can see Robinson getting the nod.

    • Doug Gray

      I considered it. Robinson had the edge in games behind the plate, OPS, and had better defensive numbers.

  3. DaveCT

    Loving the recognition of Javi Rivera. Julian Aguiar wasn’t too, too far behind, either. I’m looking forward to a bunch of those Daytona arms in Dragons green next year.

  4. RedFuture

    Why didn’t you add a DH Doug? I suppose the candidate would be one who missed out one of the fielding positions. How about Noelvi Marte?