With the minor league season winding down and each individual league announcing their All-Stars for said leagues, lets take a look at the San Diego Padres post-season minor league All-Stars, as presented by contributing writer, Michael Black.
This format will be exactly like my mid-season San Diego Padres minor league All-Star list, featuring a 25-man roster with an eight man line-up, five man bench, five man starting rotation and a seven man bullpen.
The one difference compared to the previous article will be the makeup of the bench. Now you will see two utility choices and one outfield choice. Just like the mid-season list, this was difficult to choose. There will be eleven new faces in all, but there are also plenty of familiar ones too.
Since it is an end of season All-Star squad, there has been plenty of time to accumulate some nice statistics for the players as well. Each player listed is an All-Star one way or another. That’s why there is an extra utility player and one less outfielder. For instance, there was no one who really stood out for the extra outfield spot. And there was a player that deserves on this list that was not an outfielder.
Remember, this is about who put up impressive numbers throughout the season, not a top prospect list. Although you will no doubt see prospects listed, there are a few non-prospects sprinkled in too.
San Diego Padres post-season minor league all-stars.
1) Logan Allen
4) Luis Patino
Spot Starter/ Long Man
6) Jacob Nix
Some of you are probably wondering why Austin Allen is the starter over Francisco Mejia I’m sure. The reason being Allen played the entire year in the organization and his numbers warranted him being the starter.
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Other choices that were tough to make also included the Spot Starter/Long Man spot. Originally it was to include Michel Baez, but in all honesty, not only has he not put up the same numbers as he did in the first half, but Jacob Nix was dominant while he pitched. He might have only started ten games, but he dominated in those games. That is why he is in that particular spot.
The outfield was probably the toughest of all to pick, with injuries to players who otherwise might have made this list, making it harder to pick than anticipated. Even though Josh Naylor played more games in left field than first base It was still decided he would be best represented as a first basemen.
Finally the choice to pick an extra utility player might be a bit of a head scratcher as well. But in choosing both Brett Nicholas and Owen Miller, it made this list a lot more flexible and gave two guys who are organization All-Stars in my opinion the props they deserve. The numbers both players put up this year absolutely are All-Star caliber.
These are the best twenty-five players chosen to represent your San Diego Padres post-season minor league All-Stars. Who would you have chosen Friar Faithful?