That was as quick of a first half of a minor league season as I can remember. Several prospects surprised me with their development. Others struggled at the next level, and a few battled through some injuries. I expect to see a lot of development in the second half and see some exciting play now that the weather is finally warm. Myrtle Beach had a winning record but fell short of the playoffs. Only South Bend made the playoffs and that came down to the last day.
Earlier, in April, I did a preseason All-Star team for the first half. Check here to see who I predicted. I did well on picking the position players, but I only got 3 of the 7 starting pitchers and only 1 reliever out of 6. There were some great performances and two players were promoted to Chicago – Albert Almora and Willson Contreras. I did not see those two heading there until at least late August, early September. However, there were also some big names that did not make this list including Chesny Young, Billy McKinney, Duane Underwood, and Jeimer Candelario.
I think what made each of these players All-Stars in the first half was their ability to adjust to a new level. Although some did go through some slumps, they did come out the other side. Play the video to see who made the All-Star team.
Lots of new players invaded the system in the past 10 days as Eugene, Arizona, and two Dominican Summer League teams began play. Selecting players for the monthly all-star team will be much harder and much more competitive. The second half should be spectacular!