ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A pair of San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers farmhands are among the 10 players named to the Topps Short Season/Rookie All-Star Team. The best performances in all Minor League Baseball classifications are again being honored by the Topps Company of New York, N.Y. in conjunction with Minor League Baseball.
Cody Decker (22), of Santa Monica, Calif., led the Arizona League in home runs, RBIs, doubles, slugging percentage and extra-base hits. The Padres first baseman was also tops in fielding percentage at his position and was named the Arizona League's Most Valuable Player. The San Diego Padres took Decker in the 22nd round out of UCLA in June.
Vincent Belnome (21), of Coatesville, Pa., led the Northwest League with 52 walks for the Eugene Emeralds. The second baseman also finished among the top three in the league in homers, runs and on-base percentage, before earning a late-season promotion to Class A. The San Diego Padres selected Belnome in the 28th round out of West Virginia University in June.
Jesus Brito (21), of San Cristobal, D.R., hit .366 with the Indians to lead all Arizona League hitters. His .439 on-base percentage was also a league best. The third baseman then moved up to play in 25 games for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Brito's 10 triples tied for most in the classification. The Cleveland Indians signed him as a free agent in December 2005.
Hak-Ju Lee (19), of Seoul, South Korea, paced the Northwest League with 25 stolen bases and 56 runs. The Boise Hawks shortstop finished tied for eighth in the classification with 87 hits. The Chicago Cubs inked Lee as a free agent in March 2008.
Robert Stock (20), of Westlake Village, Calif., hit .322 with seven homers and 24 RBIs and was named the catcher on the Appalachian League All-Star team. After playing in 41 games for the Johnson City Cardinals, Stock moved up to Class A. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in the second round out of USC in June.
Brian Cavazos-Galvez (22), of Albuquerque, N.M., led the classification in hits, homers, doubles, extra-base hits and runs. The Ogden Raptors outfielder also hit .322 and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Pioneer League. The Los Angeles Dodgers took him in the 12th round out of the University of New Mexico in June.
Jerry Sands (22), of Clayton, N.C., hit .350 with 14 home runs and 39 RBIs in 41 games for the Ogden Raptors. The outfielder had a 1.114 OPS when he was promoted to Class A in early August. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Sands in the 25th round out of Catawba (N.C.) College in 2008.
Brady Shoemaker (22), of Brazil, Ind., led the Appalachian League with 21 doubles and 30 extra-base hits. The Bristol White Sox outfielder hit .351 with 34 RBIs in 57 games before jumping all the way up to Triple-A in September to finish his season. The Chicago White Sox drafted Shoemaker in the 19th round out of Indiana State University in June.
Josmil Pinto (20), of San Joaquin, Venezuela, was tops in the Appalachian League with 13 home runs and a .610 slugging percentage for the Elizabethton Twins. The designated hitter finished second in the league with 55 RBIs. The Minnesota Twins signed Pinto as a free agent in February 2006.
Chris Balcom-Miller (20), of San Jose, Calif., went 4-0 with a 1.58 ERA to claim Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year honors. The Casper Ghosts right-hander allowed just 37 hits in 57.0 innings and struck out 60 while only walking 10. The Colorado Rockies picked him in the sixth round out of West Valley (Calif.) College in June.
(Statistics do not reflect players' performances in other leagues)
|3B||Jesus Brito||Indians, Mahoning/AZL, NYP||CLE||.353||3||43|
|C||Robert Stock||Johnson City/APP||STL||.322||7||24|
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