In his first season at the Triple-A level, Joey Wendle has earned All-Star recognition. The Nashville Sounds' second baseman was named to the All-PCL squad, which was announced on Monday. The post-season All-Star "team" is voted on by league managers and media representatives. Wendle is the only member of the Sounds to make the All-PCL team.
Quietly, Wendle has had a very solid first season in the Oakland A's organization. Although he isn't walking as much as one would hope (20 in 129 games), Wendle has done well by nearly every other measure. Going into Monday's action, Wendle is leading the PCL in hits (156) and is second in the league in doubles (40) and games played. He has a .287/.319/.430 line.
Defensively, Wendle has been better than advertised at second base. He leads all PCL second basemen in total chances, putouts and assists and has drawn praise from the Oakland A's minor league coaching staff. He is a candidate for a September call-up with the A's and is a virtual lock to be added to the A's 40-man roster this off-season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Wendle, 25, missed much of last season after suffering a broken hamate bone. His 129 games played are a career-high.
Wendle was acquired by the A's for outfielder Brandon Moss in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in December. Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman spoke about Wendle and the impression Wendle has made on his new organization in this late July interview: click here to read.