MWL Post-Season All-Stars Announced
The 2009 Post-Season All-Stars were announced by the Midwest League office earlier this afternoon. The choices are determined by the 14 managers in the league, there are no media or front office votes. Spoiler Alert: There are no LumberKings on the list.
First Base: Rebel Ridling (PEO)
Second Base: Alexi Amarista (CR)
Third Base: Josh Vitters (PEO)
Shortstop: Dee Gordon (GLL)
Outfielders: Kyle Russell (GLL), Kyler Burke (PEO) and Josh Harrison (PEO)
DH: Billy Nowlin (WM)
RH Starter: Kenny Smalley (KCC)
LH Starter: Casey Crosby (KCC)
RH Reliever: Brad Brach (FTW)
LH Reliever: Andrew Taylor (CR)
MVP: Dee Gordon and Kyle Russell, Great Lakes Loons
Prospect of the Year: Dee Gordon, Great Lakes Loons
Manager of the Year: Doug Dascenzo, Fort Wayne and Marty Pevey, Peoria
And now, for my commentary. There’s no real surprises or huge snubs on this list that I can see, but I was hoping to see Kenn Kasparek on this list. Smalley is an exceptional pitcher, but Kasparek will finish with better numbers in ERA and strikeouts, most likely. Had this evaluation been done based on numbers from May onward, Kasparek wins, hands down.
Also, another thought comes to mind. I’m a big fan of rewarding both Gordon and Russell with the MVP award for the Loons…the man who set the table and stole 69 bases, plus the guy who drove him in with a league-high 25 home runs. I won’t dispute those two. However, it makes me wonder how many votes former Kings’ first-baseman Mitch Moreland (pictured left) would have needed to tie Beloit’s Ben Revere for a split of the 2008 MVP award. That one still stings a bit.
Revere in ’08: .379 (129-for-340), 17 doubles, 10 triples, 51 runs, 43 RBI, 44 steals.
Moreland in ’08: .324 (151-for-466), 37 doubles, 18 HR, 64 runs, 99 RBI.
They finished 1-2 in the league in average, but Moreland recorded his numbers in 40 more games than Revere. I will continue to campaign for the asterisk on that MVP award, even to likely no avail.
Oh yeah, tonight’s game notes: