In 21 starts this year for the Travs, Shoemaker, 24, is tied for the lead in wins with Richards and Northwest Arkansas Natural left-hander Will Smith. Shoemaker has a 12-3 record and leads the TL with a 2.21 ERA. He has given up 117 hits in 146.1 innings, striking out 125 and walking 34 (3.7/1 SO/BB ratio). Shoemaker also leads the league with five complete games, batting average against, (.217) and walks and hits/ innings pitched at 1.03.
Shoemaker was recently named the Angels' minor-league pitcher of the month for July when he went 3-1 with a 1.24 ERA. He was a TL North Division All Star and was TL pitcher of the week three times. From Trenton, Mich., he signed with the Angels as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan University in 2008.
Trout, 20, is the Angels' No. 1 prospect and the No. 2 prospect in baseball according to Baseball America. In 91 games with the Travs, Trout batted .326 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs, batting lead-off most of the year. A TL North Division All Star, he scored 82 runs, had 18 doubles, 13 triples and 33 stolen bases. He had a .414 on-base percentage and a .958 on-base plus slugging percentage. Trout was drafted by the Angels in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 draft out of Millville (N.J.) Senior High School.
Also a TL North Division All Star, Richards, 23, is the Angels' No. 7 prospect and went 12-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 21 starts for the Travs. Richards had three complete games and struck out 100 batters in 141 innings, walking 40. The Angels drafted Richards 42nd overall in the 2009 draft out of the University of Oklahoma. He is currently on the disabled list with a groin injury with the Angels.
2011 Texas League Post-Season All Star Team
1B Matt Adams, Springfield
2B Thomas Field, Tulsa
3B James Darnell, San Antonio
SS Ryan Jackson, Springfield
UTL Grant Green, Midland
OF J. D. Martinez, Corpus Christi
OF Jermaine Mitchell, Midland
OF Mike Trout, Arkansas
OF Tim Wheeler, Tulsa
DH Tommy Mendonca, Frisco
C Salvador Perez, Northwest Arkansas
C Wilin Rosario, Tulsa
P Brad Brach, San Antonio
P Dallas Keuchel, Corpus Christi
P Shelby Miller, Springfield
P Garrett Richards, Arkansas
P Matt Shoemaker, Arkansas
P Joe Wieland, San Antonio
Texas League Manager of the Year: Doug Dascenzo, San Antonio
Texas League Pitcher of the Year: Matt Shoemaker, Arkansas
Texas League Player of the Year: Matt Adams, Springfield
Mike Coolbaugh Texas League Coach of the Year:John Moses, Corpus Christi