August All-Star Team – Lower Levels Load Up the Squad

By Todd Johnson

August goes by the fastest of any month. Now that it’s done, there’s only three more days of the season. For most players from South Bend on up, it was a disappointing month. Not very many hitters made the all-star team from Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, or South Bend. Most of the hitting parade came courtesy of the Cubs’ two teams in the Arizona Rookie League.

First baseman Rafael Mejia of Cubs 1 dominated the league. He originally started his season in Eugene and was squeezed out by the influx of recent college draft picks. Mejia used that opportunity to have a blistering summer including a .355 average in August with a .394 OBP, 4 HRs, and 14 RBI.

When it comes to pitching, there are several players to pick from throughout the system. The most dominant arm was Cory Abbott of Myrtle Beach . Abbott struck out 29 in 27 innings to go along with his 0.67 ERA.

Jordan Minch of AA Tennessee had what was arguably his best month of his career. He did not allow an earned run and kept base runners to a minimum. With such a solid showing, Minch has put himself on the train to Iowa for next April.

The team of the month for August is easily Cubs 1 from Mesa. While they won their division in the first half, they did the exact same thing in the second half and put up the best record in the Arizona League. The shame about their success is that  there is little media coverage except for a few photographers.

Here is this month’s whole squad in video form.


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