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Arroyo, Frazier highlight AZL All-Stars
Pair of first-rounders earn first honors in Rookie-level circuit
08/30/2013 3:00 PM ET
Clint Frazier ranked fourth in the AZL with a .506 slugging percentage this season.
Clint Frazier ranked fourth in the AZL with a .506 slugging percentage this season. (Tony Dejak/AP)

For many young ballplayers, the Arizona League provides their first taste of professional baseball in the United States. For a select few, it can also represent the first time they're rewarded for their play in affiliated ball as well, and that's precisely what happened this week.

The Rookie-level circuit announced its 2013 All-Star team Thursday, led by league MVP Christian Arroyo.

Arroyo -- the first-round pick (25th overall) of the Giants in this year's Draft -- owned a .326/.388/.511 slash line in 45 games in the Rookie-level circuit this season. The 19-year-old shortstop, who shares an All-Star spot at the position with Franchy Cordero (Padres), led the Arizona League with an .898 OPS, 18 doubles and 39 RBIs and tied for first in slugging percentage. He is listed as San Francisco's No. 8 prospect, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.

He was joined on this year's All-Star team by fellow first-rounder (fifth overall) Clint Frazier, who nabbed one of the three outfield spots on this year's team. The center fielder, who turns 19 on Sept. 6, owned a .296/.362/.506 line with 11 doubles, five triples, five homers and 28 RBIs in 44 games with the Arizona Indians. The Tribe's No. 3 prospect's .506 slugging percentage ranked fourth among the circuit's sluggers.

Home-run champion Jose Urena took a spot at DH after going deep nine times for the Padres. He also led the league with 94 total bases and ranked third in RBIs (34) and slugging (.508).

Angels second baseman Ismael Dionicio batted .354 across 47 contests for the highest average among this year's AZL All-Stars. (Dodgers third baseman Adam Law technically led the circuit with a .357 average but only appeared in 33 games.)

The Padres also had a pair of pitching prospects honored with Pete Kelich (7-1, 1.40 ERA) and Payton Baskette (1.37 ERA) being named the best right-handed starter and left-handed reliever, respectively. The pair were first and second in this year's ERA category.

Here's the list of this year's Arizona League All-Stars:

2013 Arizona League All-Star Team
Position Players      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Fernando Pujadas C Scottsdale SF
Logan Uxa 1B Goodyear CIN
Ismael Dionicio 2B Tempe LAA
Ryder Jones 3B Scottsdale SF
Christian Arroyo* SS Scottsdale SF
Franchy Cordero SS Peoria SD
Kevin Garcia OF Goodyear CIN
Clint Frazier OF Ariz. Indians CLE
Justin Williams OF Ariz. D-backs ARI
Samir Duenez DH Surprise KC
Jose Urena DH Peoria SD
Pitchers      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Luis Ysla LH SP Scottsdale SF
Pete Kelich RH SP Peoria SD
Payton Baskette LH RP Peoria SD
Ben Carlson RH RP Tempe LAA
Field Staff      
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Nestor Rojas Manager Scottsdale SF

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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