Four Pirates Named to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Teams

Baseball America released their All-Star list for each classification of the minor leagues on Friday afternoon. The Pittsburgh Pirates have four players on the list, though that comes with an asterisk. Note that these aren’t specific for a league, so AAA covers the International League and the Pacific Coast League, AA covers three leagues, and so on.

Second baseman Max Moroff made the AA All-Star team for his .293/.374/.409 season, which included 70 walks and 41 extra-base hits. He was also named an Eastern League All-Star by the league.

Jordan Luplow and Stephen Tarpley made the Low-A All-Star team. This is where the asterisk comes in, though I’m not sure why they don’t just update the article. Matt Eddy points out in the comments that Yeudy Garcia should be on the list, but he(Eddy) just forgot him while putting the list together. Garcia led the SAL in ERA, finished third in WHIP and fifth in strikeouts.

Luplow had a terrific season at the plate and did it while learning to play third base. He hit .264/.366/.464 in 106 games. He had 51 extra-base hits and 59 walks. His OPS ranked him fourth in the SAL.

Tarpley was almost as good as Garcia, finishing with a 2.48 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and the ninth most strikeouts in the SAL.

First baseman Carlos Munoz made the Rookie League team, which covers both levels of rookie ball(meaning GCL and Bristol for Pirates). He had an amazing month of July, which led to a .325/.427/.587 slash line and the highest OPS in the Appalachian League.

  • That’s amazing that guys like Bell, Meadows, and Glasnow didn’t get named.

    • Especially with the season Meadows had in a pitcher friendly league and then after his AA promotion…even into the post season although they aren’t taking that into account.

    • As for 1st base, Trey Mancini won it with a .359 BA, .586 SLG, 29 2B, and 13 HR in 326 AB. At Mancini’s HR rate, Bell would have finished the year with nearly 20 HR, instead of 7. I would only assume the same sort of statistical arguments could be made against Meadows and Glasnow.

  • Keep building that farm system, NH.

  • FWIW: The Cardinals have 4 all-stars; the Cubs have 3.