5 D-backs Prospects Are Postseason All-Stars

Two Visalia Rawhide players and three Mobile BayBears were named as 2011 Postseason All-Stars this week. As opposed to Midseason All-Stars that field full rosters for an exhibition games, Postseason All-Stars only comprise the very best player at each position.

Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, and Ryan Wheeler of the Mobile BayBears were selected as Southern League 2011 Postseason All-Stars, while David Nick was named as the best second baseman in the California League and Tyler Skaggs was selected as one of the California League's four top pitchers.


Nick, 21, has batted over .300 for Visalia entering the final week of the season, with 13 homers and 66 RBI while spending much of the season as Visalia's leadoff hitter. He has been a model of consistency, collecting more at-bats than anyone in the league and amassing the 2nd-highest hit total.  June was the only month in which Nick batted below .285.  Since the All-Star break, he's batted .325 and slugged .506.  Nick boasts a .975 fileding percentage at second base.

Skaggs posted a 3.22 ERA in 17 starts with the Rawhide before being promoted to Double-A Mobile in early July. He amassed a league-leading 125 strikeouts in 100 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .219 batting average.  He was 19-years old during his time in Visalia, making him one of the youngest players in the league.  Skaggs has continued his success at the Double-A level, going 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA in nine starts.


Goldschmidt was chosen as the Southern League's best first baseman.  He clubbed a franchise-record 30 home runs and driving in 94 before his promotion to the major leagues on August 1. Goldschmidt was also picked as the 2011 USA Today Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday. He still leads the league in runs batted in, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and base on balls while he's now tied for the home run lead with Carolina's Neftali Soto.

Pollock placed as one of the league's top outfielders. He's hit .305 this season while setting the BayBears' mark for most hits in a season with 164. His 101 runs scored are the second-most in BayBears' history, while he has cracked a team-leading 38 doubles to go with a team-high 34 stolen bases. He's also played a near flawless center field as he's committed just one error all season, giving him a .996 fielding percentage.


Wheeler gets the vote as the league's best third baseman thanks to 16 home runs and 84 runs batted in this year. Wheeler was the D-backs 2009 Minor League Player of the Year after being drafted that June as a fifth-round pick out of Loyola Marymount (Calif.) University. Wheeler helped carry the BayBears through a tremendous 22-6 record in July by batting over .400 for the month. He will participate this year in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the brand new Salt River Rafters.


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