Pujols, Murphy take top FSL honors

Clearwater outfielder, Dunedin right-hander head All-Star list

Jose Pujols and Patrick Murphy each made appearances in the FSL before this season. (Gordon Donovan, Joshua Tjiong/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | August 29, 2018 2:30 PM

Four of MLB.com's top 100 prospects were honored by the Florida State League on Wednesday, but it was two players outside their respective farm systems' top 30 that took home the biggest awards in the Class A Advanced circuit.

Clearwater outfielder Jose Pujols was named the FSL Player of the Year while Dunedin right-hander Patrick Murphy claimed Pitcher of the Year honors to headline the end-of-season All-Star list, the league announced.

Pujols hit .301/.364/.523 with 18 homers, one triple and 16 doubles in 95 games with the Threshers before being promoted to Double-A Reading on Aug. 3. His .887 OPS and 153 wRC+ each rank second in the FSL among qualifiers while his 18 homers are still tied for fourth-most in the circuit, despite all the missed time. The 22-year-old right fielder also earned the top position player award because of his defensive work -- his 11 outfield assists tied for most in the league this season.

Murphy has been the league's workhorse this season with his 25 starts and 141 2/3 innings each leading the FSL. His 130 strikeouts also sit atop the leaderboard while his 2.67 ERA ranks second and his 1.20 WHIP third among qualifiers. 

The four top-100 prospects named to the All-Star team were No. 19/Daytona outfielder Taylor Trammell (.277/.374/.406, 24 steals), No. 31/Charlotte outfielder Jesus Sanchez (.301/.331/.462, 10 homers), No. 39/Florida right-hander Ian Anderson (2.52 ERA, 118 strikeouts in 100 innings) and No. 57/St. Lucie shortstop Andres Gimenez (.282/.348/.432, 28 steals). All but Trammell, who missed time earlier this month with concussion symptoms, have already been promoted to Double-A.

Daytona outfielder Ibandel Isabel slugged his way to the DH spot on the end-of-season All-Star list. The 23-year-old set an FSL record with 35 home runs in 100 games with the Tortugas and leads the Minor Leagues with 36 long balls overall. His .580 slugging percentage and .917 OPS are also tops in the FSL.

Palm Beach's Dann Bilardello was named Manager of the Year. The Cardinals have already clinched a spot in the postseason by winning the FSL South first-half division title and own the best overall record at 72-56.

Here is the complete list of Florida State League end-of-season All-Stars:

2018 Florida State League Postseason All-Star Team
Name Position Team MLB Org
Tyler Stephenson Catcher Daytona CIN
Taylor Grzelakowski Catcher Fort Myers MIN
Brandon Wagner First Base Tampa NYY
Andy Young Second Base Palm Beach STL
Andres Gimenez Shortstop St. Lucie NYM
Michael Paez Third Base St. Lucie NYM
Ivan Castillo Utility Infield Dunedin TOR
Jose Pujols * Outfield Clearwater PHI
Jesus Sanchez Outfield Charlotte TB
Joshua Palacios Outfield Dunedin TOR
Taylor Trammell Outfield Daytona CIN
Ibandel Isabel Outfield Daytona CIN
Patrick Murphy ^ Pitcher Dunedin TOR
Spenser Watkins Pitcher Lakeland DET
Ian Anderson Pitcher Florida ATL
Scott Moss Pitcher Daytona CIN
Ryan Hendrix Relief Pitcher Daytona CIN
Joel Kuhnel Relief Pitcher Daytona CIN
Dann Bilardello Manager Palm Beach STL
Ramon Borrego Coach Fort Myers MIN
Shawn Williams Coach Clearwater PHI
* Player of the Year      
^ Pitcher of the Year      

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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