Minor League Baseball has named their Postseason All-Star teams for each league and level of play. The Cincinnati Reds were represented by at least one player at each level and overall they had 11 different players named to a Postseason All-Star team.

In Triple-A there was only one player that made the team. Christian Encarnacion-Strand was named to the International League All-Star team. He didn’t even play half of a season in the league, but he put up some big numbers when he was there. Over the course of his 67 games he hit 21 doubles, 2 triples, 20 home runs, and he posted a .331/.405/.637 line to go along with it all.

In Double-A the Chattanooga Lookouts had two players named to the Southern League All-Star team. Outfielder Blake Dunn didn’t begin the season there, but he got there after two months in Dayton. Once he arrived, Dunn crushed the ball the rest of the season. In his 77 games with the Lookouts he hit .332/.433/.556 with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 15 home runs, and 35 stolen bases.

Dunn was joined by starting pitcher Connor Phillips. He began the year in Chattanooga and spent the first half of the season with them. Phillips made 14 starts and posted a 3.34 ERA in 64.2 innings while walking 27 batters and striking out 111. For context, the league average ERA was 4.67 on the year.

Dayton had two players named to the Midwest League’s All-Star team. Starting pitcher Julian Aguiar spent the first half of his season with the Dragons. In his 14 starts he posted a 1.92 ERA in 70.1 innings pitched. Aguiar allowed just 44 hits and struck out 77 batters and had just 24 walks before he was promoted to Double-A.

Joining Aguiar on the All-Star team was shortstop Edwin Arroyo. He began the year slowly, but when June rolled around he picked things up at the plate and never looked back. Arroyo finished the season by hitting .248/.321/.427 in 119 games played. He had 26 doubles, 10 triples, 13 home runs, and he stole 28 bases. Arroyo was also named as the league’s top prospect as voted on by the managers in the league.

In Single-A Daytona there were three players that were named to the All-Star team in the Florida State League. Carlos Jorge led the league in OPS with an .883 mark – 26 points better than the next closest player (who happened to be a teammate). Over his 86 games played for the Tortugas, Jorge hit .295/.400/.483 with 11 doubles, 9 triple, and 9 home runs. He also added in 31 stolen bases during that time before he was promoted.

Hector Rodriguez finished second in the league with an .857 OPS. In 101 games with Daytona the outfielder hit .293/.347/.510 with 23 doubles, 9 triples, and 16 home runs (4th most in the league). Rodriguez also picked up 18 stolen bases in 23 attempts before he was promoted.

Sal Stewart got out to a bit of a slow start, but when June rolled around he turned things up to 11. He finished 5th in the league with an .819 OPS. During his 88 games played in the Florida State League he hit .269/395/.424 with 19 doubles and 10 home runs. The third baseman added in 10 steals for good measure.

Down in the complex league in Arizona the Reds had two players make the Arizona Complex League All-Star team. Infielder Ricardo Cabrera put together a big season in Goodyear, hitting .350/.469/.559 with 7 doubles, 4 triples, and 5 home runs in 39 games played. He would also steal 21 bases in 23 attempts during the season.

Cabrera was joined on the All-Star team by teammate Adam Serwinowski. The left-handed pitcher made six starts and five relief appearances, throwing 27.1 innings with a 3.62 ERA. He allowed just 13 hits – just one was a home run. He did walk 16 batters and hit three others, but also struck out 43 of the 107 batters he faced on the season.

Rounding out the organization’s All-Star representatives was Alfredo Duno. He served as the designated hitter all season for the Dominican Summer League Reds. In the 45 games that he played in, Duno hit .303/.451/.493 with 9 doubles, a triple, and 5 home runs. In his 195 plate appearances he walked 38 times and had 41 strikeouts. Duno also stole six bases without being caught.

7 Responses

  1. Optimist

    Anyone surprised Hurtubise didn’t make a list? Sure a split season, but a .960 OPS for the whole year.

  2. Stock

    Considering his .945 OPS was 5th in the league (minimum 100 AB) and 2nd amoung OF I am very surprised. Only 3 OF had an OPS of .900 or better.

    • DaveCT

      Dunn made it as DH, behind Jackson Chourio, Pete Crow-Armstrong, and Owen Cassie, #’s 2, 12, and 64. While all star teams are not prospect lists or rankings, that’s three pretty good players who had pretty good years.

      • Stock

        Blake Dunn: .332/.433/.556/.989 with 35 SB in 39 attempts (90% success rate)
        Jacob Hurtubise: .306/.453/.492/.945 with 33 SB in 39 attempts (85%)
        Owen Cassie: .289/.398/.519/.917 with 7 SB in 16 Attempts (44%)
        Jackson Chourio: .280/.336/.467/.803 with 43 SB in 52 Attempts (83%)
        Pete Crow-Armstrong: .289/.371/.527/.898 with 27 SB in 35 attempts (77%)

        Blake Dunn was 1st in BA, 1st in OBP, 1st in Slg%, 1st in OPS and 1st in SB%. And somehow he was pushed to DH (which to me implies the other three beat him out for an OF slot).

        Jacob Hurtubise was second behind Dunn in BA, OBP, SB% and OPS.

        I don’t really care how good of a prospect you are. That is not what these awards are for. Therefore, Dunn should have been the first choice. And it should have been an easy choice.

        I guess you can argue Cassie had 400 AB and Churio had 500 AB so they get the nod over Hurtubise.

        Crow had 300 AB to Hurtubise’s 250.

  3. SultanofSwaff

    Amazing year for the Reds farm system. They’d have even more if it weren’t for so many promotions.

  4. Mike

    So 9 guys who are still in the minors. Eat your heart out other 29 clubs. Well, 27 given the O’s and dodgers, but still