Three Mavs lead Cal League All-Star squad

Many moved up after posting strong numbers at Class A Advanced

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By Zack Hample / | August 29, 2005 9:29 PM

The High Desert Mavericks topped the crop with three players on the 2005 California League Postseason All-Star Team, while the Stockton Ports and Visalia Oaks went unrepresented. Here's the position-by-position breakdown of the 14 players -- and the one manager -- who were chosen.

Catcher -- Miguel Montero, Lancaster JetHawks: League leader in batting average (.349), 24 homers, 84 RBIs, .403 on-base percentage, .625 slugging percentage. The 22-year-old Hawaiian had five four-hit games before his mid-July promotion to Double-A Tennessee.

First base -- Bryan Lahair, Inland Empire 66ers: .309 batting average, 22 homers, tied for the league lead with 112 RBIs. On Aug. 1, the 22-year-old from Massachusetts slugged three homers and knocked in five runs.

Second base -- Howie Kendrick, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: .384 batting average, 69 runs, 12 homers, 13 stolen bases. Since his mid-July promotion to Double-A Arkansas, the 22-year-old from Florida is batting .355 with six homers and 41 RBIs and has hit safely in 27 of his last 28 games.

Shortstop -- Brandon Wood (Most Valuable Player), Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: League leader in home runs (41), RBIs (112), runs (105), hits (167), doubles (50), extra-base hits (95), total bases (348) and slugging percentage (.671). In a three-game stretch from Aug. 21-23, the 20-year-old Texan went 8-for-14 with five homers and 13 RBIs.

Third base -- Ian Stewart, Modesto Nuts: 14 homers, 31 doubles, 77 RBIs, 77 runs. From June 20 to July 6, the 20-year-old from California scored at least one run in 12 straight games.

Outfield -- Kevin Mahar, Bakersfield Blaze: .318 batting average, 17 homers, 88 runs, 16 stolen bases, .400 on-base percentage. On July 19, the 24-year-old went 4-for-4 with two homers and three runs.

Outfield -- Joe Gaetti, Modesto Nuts: .313 batting average, 17 homers, 76 RBIs, 77 runs, .404 on-base percentage, .562 slugging percentage. From June 17 to Aug. 12, the 23-year-old son of former Major League All-Star third baseman Gary Gaetti hit safely in 29 of 30 games.

Outfield -- Eddy Martinez-Esteve, San Jose Giants: .317 batting average, 16 homers, 91 RBIs, 83 runs, 41 doubles, 83 walks, .428 on base percentage. On Apr. 17, the 22-year old from Maryland raised his batting average 96 points by going 5-for-6 with four doubles, a homer and six RBIs.

Designated hitter -- Billy Butler (Rookie of the Year), High Desert Mavericks: .348 batting average, 25 homers, 91 RBIs, 30 doubles, .419 on-base percentage, .636 slugging percentage. Before his early August promotion to Double-A Wichita, the 19-year-old Texan had six multiple-homer games.

Utility -- Brandon Powell, High Desert Mavericks: .293 batting average, 17 homers, 66 RBIs, 71 runs, 29 doubles. On June 14, the 25-year-old from South Carolina slugged two homers and knocked in a season-high five runs.

Pitcher -- Jared Wells (Pitcher of the Year), Lake Elsinore Storm: 11-3, league-leading 3.44 ERA, 80 strikeouts in 120 1/3 innings, league leader with two complete games. Before his late July promotion to Double-A Mobile, the 23-year-old Texan won nine of his last 10 decisions.

Pitcher -- Thomas Diamond, Bakersfield Blaze: 8-0, 1.99 ERA, 101 strikeouts and 53 hits in 81 1/3 innings. In his final start before his late June promotion to Double-A Frisco, the 22-year-old from New Orleans fanned 14 batters in a one-hit shutout.

Pitcher -- John Gragg III, High Desert Mavericks: Tied for the league lead in wins with a 12-5 record, 4.51 ERA, 92 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings. From June 10 to July 9, the 24-year-old Floridian posted a five-game winning streak.

Pitcher -- Garret Mock, Lancaster JetHawks: Tied for the league lead in wins with a 12-7 record, 4.35 ERA, tied for the league lead with 144 strikeouts in 161 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old workhorse from Vermont has lasted at least five innings in 24 of his 26 starts.

Manager -- Lenn Sakata (Manager of the Year), San Jose Giants: Led his team to a first-half championship in the Northern Division and trails Stockton by 1.5 games in the second half with a 36-27 (.571) record. The 51-year-old Hawaiian batted .230 with 25 homers, 109 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 11 Major League seasons.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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