March 14, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (71) against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
All 3 High-A leagues will have completed their All-Star games by the time this posts on Wednesday morning, with the Florida State League holding its' game on Saturday night and the California League-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the All-Stars, and what could be next for them.
David Holmberg (ARI) - Holmberg was named to the Cal League All-Star team, but won't be participating in the game after being promoted to AA last week. I wrote about Holmberg a few weeks back, and looks so far like he's keeping it up in AA.
Tony Cingrani (CIN) - Same story with the Reds' pitching prospect, as Cingrani was moved up to Pensacola back on the 3rd. Between both levels he has a 91/17 K/BB rate in 74 IP, and has a 20/4 rate in AA so far.
Miles Head (OAK) - The A's have left Head down in High-A through Tuesday's game, as he will participate in the Home Run derby pre-game and start at 3B for the Cal League. That said, he will be leaving from the game in Winston-Salem to meet up with the A's AA affiliate, a well-earned promotion. He crushed 2 home runs in his last game on Sunday, and finished with a .382/.433/.715 line with 18 home runs in just 67 games.
George Springer (HOU) - There wasn't a whole lot of doubt that Springer would make the All-Star team with his .303/.381/.559 slash line and 14 HR so far. I had Springer as my #13 outfield prospect in the minors on Monday.
Billy Hamilton (CIN) - There was NO doubt that Hamilton belonged, as he finished the first half of the Cal League season with 80 stolen bases. Yes, 80 out of 96 attempts. I haven't read anything about it yet, but I'd be a bit surprised if they didn't move him to AA midseason as well. Unfortunately for him, that could come with a position switch also.
Dylan Bundy (BAL) - Despite making just 4 starts at the High-A level, Bundy was named to the All-Star team for the Carolina League, and there were rumors that he might be asked to start the game. If he doesn't, there is still another great option for the Carolina League manager.
Cody Buckel (TEX) - Buckel is tied for 8th in all of the Minors with 91 strikeouts so far, and still has a 1.33 ERA on the season. He seems like a prime candidate to be moved up to AA based solely on his performance thus far.
Xander Bogaerts (BOS) - Bogaerts has gotten his full season numbers up to a much better level, as he is now hitting .293/.368/.483 with 9 HR and 42 RBI
Jackie Bradley (BOS) - I ranked Bradley as my #17 outfield prospect, but I think a promotion would be very good for him at this point - I'm not sure what else he has to prove down in High-A.
Florida State League
Wilmer Flores (NYM) - Flores was the FSL ASG MVP after going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI in the game. Craig ranked him as his #13 3B prospect last week, and that seems about right to me. I'd love to see what he can do at AA at this point, but I'm not sold that the Mets will move him up anytime soon.
Marcell Ozuna (MIA) - Ozuna went 1 for 3 in the ASG, but it's the power that will carry him to the Majors. He has 15 home runs already this season in just 64 games, despite hitting .258 on the season. He seems like he could be a 30+ homer bat if he can make enough contact when he gets to the Majors.
We saw a rash of promotions prior to the game, so the following players were all named All-Stars by the league, but were already moved to AA by the time of the game:
In addition, Matt Szczur (CHC) and Jameson Taillon (PIT) were both named to the team, but missed the game due to injuries.