OaklandClubhouse's 2006 All-Stars

Our end-of-the-year review continues with the announcement of our first annual Oakland A's Minor League All-Star Team. We name the top players for each position inside...

Note: Players drafted in 2006 were not eligible for this All-Star listing. Stay tuned for a first-year player All-Star listing in the coming days.

OUTFIELD

Hiram Bocachica:

The River Cats' outfielder appeared in only 77 games for Sacramento , but he made a big difference in pretty much all of them. The minor league veteran posted a .326/.422/.595 line with 19 homers and 18 stolen bases. He played all three outfield positions and saw a little action in the infield. Bocachica's performance earned him a spot on the 40-man roster and a September call-up at the end of the season.

Travis Buck:

Buck was in the middle of an outstanding season when it was cut short in July by injury. At the time of the injury, Buck was leading the minor leagues in extra-base hits. The 2005 draft pick began the season in High-A Stockton, where he hit .349/.400/.603 with three homers and 17 doubles in 34 games. After a promotion to AA-Midland, Buck batted .302 with a .376 on-base percentage and a .472 slugging percentage. Buck will have a chance to put an exclamation point on his fine campaign at the Arizona Fall League for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Chad Boyd:

Boyd, a 2004 draft pick out of a Los Angeles-area high school, missed the first half of the season with a knee injury. He made-up for lost time, however, once he was 100% healthy. Boyd spent a week with the short-season Vancouver Canadians and then went up to low-A Kane County, where he instantly became one of the top offensive performers for the Cougars. Boyd appeared in 64 games for Kane County and he led the team in batting with a .346 batting average and in on-base percentage with a .401 mark. He spent a lot of time batting in the lead-off spot for the Cougars, and he drew 24 walks against 27 strikeouts. Despite being a 2004 pick, Boyd won't turn 22 until late May of 2007.

Honorable Mentions:
Doug Clark: The minor league veteran had a strong season for the River Cats. The speedy outfielder hit 15 homers and he swiped a team-high 25 bags. Clark had a brief call-up to Oakland mid-season and he picked up his first major league hit during his stint with the A's.

Luis Perez: Perez began the year as a bench player and finished it as the California League batting champion. Perez hit .334 with seven homers and 58 RBI for the Stockton Ports. He had 120 hits in only 101 games.

Myron Leslie: Leslie spent the first half of the season at third base, but he was converted to right-field after Brian Snyder joined the Stockton Ports. Leslie took well to the position change. He also was the Ports' top run-producer, driving-in 100 runs in 136 games. Leslie was second on the team in homers with 17 and he walked 71 times, another team-high.

FIRST BASE

Brant Colamarino:

Colamarino was expected to spend the year in AAA-Sacramento after finishing the 2005 season with the River Cats. However, the A's sent Colamarino back to AA-Midland at the start of the year to open the AAA first base spot for top prospect Daric Barton. Colamarino didn't let the disappointment of being at AA affect his hitting this season. After an early season slump, the Pittsburgh native picked up his game, finishing the year with a .285/.364/.491 line. He hit 17 homers and drove-in 91 runs in 126 games for the Rockhounds. Colamarino also played excellent defense at first.

Honorable Mention:
Tom Everidge: The Stockton first baseman struggled at times to make contact this season, leading the team with 116 strikeouts. However, he was the most consistent power source on the Ports in 2006, swatting 20 homers, good for third amongst all A's minor leaguers. He also drove-in a career-high 83 runs and hit 32 doubles.

SECOND BASE

Kevin Melillo:

Melillo followed up his break-out 2005 season with another solid campaign in 2006. He spent the entire year in AA-Midland, where he was the team leader in games played with 136. He hit .280 with 12 homers and 73 RBI. He also stole 14 bases. Melillo struggled during the first half of the season, but he posted an 886 OPS after the All-Star break. However, perhaps the most impressive aspect of his season was his improvement on defense. There were questions about his glove before the season, but he put a lot of those questions to bed by leading the Texas League in fielding percentage. He will be joining Buck at the Arizona Fall League.

Honorable Mention:
Eddie Cornejo: Cornejo struggled at AA during the first half of the season, but he was outstanding for Stockton in the second half of the year. In 62 games for the Ports, Cornejo batted .361 with an amazing .451 on-base percentage. He should get a second crack at AA next season.

SHORTSTOP

Gregorio Petit:

It was a very weak season for the A's minor league shortstops. Cliff Pennington struggled and missed most of the season with leg injuries. Justin Sellers played well on defense, but he managed only a .338 slugging percentage. Petit began the season at second base, but once Pennington was hurt, he slid over to his natural position: shortstop. Petit didn't hit as well as he did in 2005, but he still managed to lead the Ports in stolen bases with 22. He also hit eight homers, seven triples and 25 doubles while playing in a team-high 137 games for Stockton .

THIRD BASE

Jeff Baisley:

There isn't much more that can be said about Baisley's 2006 campaign. He was our Player of the Year after hitting .298 with 22 homers and 110 RBI for Kane County . The South Florida alum was also a consistent presence in the Cougars' line-up, playing in 124 games. In addition to his fine offensive season, Baisley also lead all Midwest League third basemen in fielding percentage.

Honorable Mention:
Vasili Spanos: Despite a Texas League All-Star berth, Spanos flew under the radar for much of the season. Still, the burly corner infielder put together a fine season for AA-Midland. Splitting his time between third, first and DH, Spanos hit .308 with 29 doubles and nine homers. He also had a .405 on-base percentage.

Scott McClain: McClain won the Pacific Coast League MVP award after he hit 28 homers and drove-in 107 runs for AAA-Sacramento. The minor league veteran also had 33 doubles for the River Cats.

CATCHER

Kurt Suzuki:

Suzuki continued his impressive climb through the A's minor league system with another strong season behind the plate. The Cal State Fullerton alum hit .285 with seven homers and 55 RBI in 99 games for AA-Midland. He walked more often than he struck out (58:55) and he collected 26 doubles. Suzuki then helped guide Team USA to an Olympic berth with an impressive performance in the Americas Qualifying Tournament, where he had a walk-off homer against Brazil and hit better than .450 during the tournament. He also improved his defense and game-calling behind the plate.

Honorable Mention:
Landon Powell: Powell made a solid comeback after missing all of last season with a serious knee injury. The A's top pick in 2004 hit .264 with 15 homers and 51 RBI in 102 games for A-Stockton and AA-Midland. He also impressed scouts with his strong throwing arm and footwork behind the plate. His knee has held up so well this season that he will be participating in the Arizona Fall League.

Anthony Recker: Recker batted .287 with 14 homers in 109 games for the low-A Kane County Cougars. He began the season sharing time behind the plate, but quickly became the Cougars' regular catcher and one of their top power threats.

STARTING PITCHER

Jason Windsor:

Windsor was outstanding throughout the season, leading the minor leagues in wins with 17 and losing only two games. He began the year 4-1 at AA-Midland and then went 13-1 with AAA-Sacramento. He struck out more than one batter an inning and walked only 65 in 151.1 innings in 26 minor league starts. Along the way, he made his major league debut and earned a September call-up. Windsor has positioned himself as a strong contender for a starting rotation spot with Oakland next season and he was our pick for Pitcher of the Year.

Shane Komine:

Komine, like Windsor , made his major league debut this season, making two starts for Oakland. He spent the rest of the season at AAA-Sacramento, where he was one of the River Cats' most effective starters. The Hawaiian native went 11-8 with a 4.05 ERA. He averaged six innings a start and walked only 38 in 140 innings. Komine, with his power curve and low-90s fastball, should have a chance to compete for a spot on the A's pitching staff next season.

Brad Knox:

Knox started the season off slowly, but he rebounded mid-season and put together a strong season for AA-Midland. He was the team-leader in wins with 12 and he posted a 3.67 ERA in 161.2 innings. Knox began last season with serious questions about his back, so it was particularly impressive that he was able to make all of his scheduled starts this season.

Jared Lansford:

Lansford struggled in three late-season starts at High-A Stockton, but he was very solid for low-A Kane County during the rest of the season. The 2005 draft pick went 11-6 with a 2.86 ERA for the Cougars in 18 starts. Along the way, Lansford threw a no-hitter, was named to the Midwest League All-Star team, and posted a 1.22 WHIP. He struggled at times with his control and only struck out 50 in 104 innings, but he showed signs of excellence in his first full season as a pro.

Brad Ziegler:

Ziegler went 9-6 with a 3.37 ERA in 23 appearances for the AA-Midland Rockhounds in 2006. He was named to the Texas League All-Star team and he threw 141.2 innings for the Rockhounds, good for second on the team. He also threw 21 innings for the AAA-Sacramento River Cats in four starts. Although his ERA was 6.00 with Sacramento, he pitched better at that level then his ERA would indicate.

RELIEF PITCHER

Marcus McBeth:

The converted outfielder had an impressive season on the mound as a closer for Stockton, Sacramento and Midland. The right-handed hurler saved an organization-best 32 games, including 25 for AA-Midland. McBeth spent the bulk of the season with the Rockhounds, posting a 2.48 ERA in 54.1 innings. He struck out 65 and walked only 20 for Midland. McBeth will be pitching in the Arizona Fall League this off-season.

Connor Robertson:

Robertson was McBeth's set-up man in Midland this season and he was outstanding. The right-hander went 7-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 83.2 innings for the Rockhounds. He saved eight games and he struck out 97. Robertson has had a very high strikeout rate since being drafted by the A's in 2004. He'll have a chance to show-off his swing-and-miss stuff at the Arizona Fall League this fall.

Mike Mitchell:

The Missouri native had a solid season split between three levels. He spent most of the year in High-A Stockton, where he saved 18 games and posted a 2.85 ERA in 41 innings. He had a cup of coffee at AAA-Sacramento and threw 20 innings at AA-Midland. Combined, Mitchell had a 3.22 ERA in 67 innings. He will be heading to the Arizona Fall League with fellow relievers Robertson and McBeth.

Steve Sharpe:

Sharpe spent the first half of the season at low-A Kane County and the second half at High-A Stockton. He served as the closer for both teams, compiling a combined 19 saves. He had a 2.34 ERA in 57.2 innings and an impressive 62:16 K:BB ratio. He allowed only one homer all season.

Brad Kilby:

The left-handed reliever was light's-out all season for Kane County. He had a 1.93 ERA in 60.2 innings and a 5-1 record with nine saves. The San Jose State alum did not allow a homerun all season and he held opposing batters to a .179 batting average. He also struck out 73 batters while walking only 23.


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