2015 Florida State League All-Stars – South Division Hitters

If you haven’t had the chance to take a peek at the UTRMinors All-Star lists (there are only a few so far), we’re making it much easier for you to do so.  Jim placed a link on the home page where you can get an express view of all of our All-Star write-ups throughout the season.  Yesterday we highlighted the Florida State League Pitchers and the North Division All-Star hitters. We’re also working on the California and Carolina League All-Star rosters for posting within the next few days.  Today, however, we’re headed to the other dugout to check on the FSL South Division Hitters. Let’s get right to it….

  • Catcher:
    • Jin-De Jhang – Bradenton Marauders (PIT)  –  22 yo;  –  The 2011 international signee out of Taiwan currently ranks third in the league in batting with a .315 average.
    • Alex Swim – Fort Myers Miracle (MIN)  –  24 yo;  –  Even though this is Swim’s last go-around as a UTR (will turn 25 years old prior to next season), that doesn’t take away the fact that the 2013 – 22nd rounder out of Elon College is raking this season. Swim is currently tied for the Florida State League lead in hits (71) with North Division second baseman Chris McFarland. Swim also ranks second in average (.316) ahead of fellow All-Star Jhang all while mixing time this season between catcher, first and the outfield.
  • First Base:
    • Jake Bauers – Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB)  –  19 yo;  –  Not only is the 6’1″ – 195 lb lefty one of only three 19 year olds in the league (including Charlotte teammate Wily Adames) the 2013 – 7th rounder sits among the league leaders in home runs (6), RBi’s (33) and walks (28).  Bauers technically ranks first in the league in OPS; and the reason I say “technically” is because Bauers .809 sits .02 points behind NY Mets OF Michael Conforto who was recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton. If you’re in a fantasy league where Bauers is available, snap him up immediately.
  • Second Base:
    • Jeff McNeil – St. Lucie Mets (NYM)  –  23 yo;  –  The Cal State Long Beach draftee from the 12th round in 2013 currently leads the Florida State League in batting (.333), on-base % (.389), ranks second in hits (68) and runs scored (34).
  • Third Base: 
    • Brian Anderson – Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA)  –  22 yo;  –  Anderson fell into the loophole of being a 2014 draftee who performed well enough to earn 2014 UTR Org. All-Star honors without us knowing where he’d be placed on (several) 2015  Marlins pre-season prospect lists. He came in at #9 in Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook; which again, isn’t checked until Jim and I already make our OAS selections. The 6’3″ – 185 lb. Arkansas draftee is one of the league leaders in RBi’s with 32.
  • Shortstop:
    • J.T. Riddle – Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA)  –  23 yo;  –  Riddle is a scrappy, lefty-swinging draftee from the University of Kentucky. Due to the versatile play in the infield throughout his minor league career, the 2013 – 13th rounder might carve out a career as a utility infielder.
  • Outfield: 
    • Austin Dean  –  Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA)  –  21 yo;   Dean came in ranked as one of the top (PAG) scoring outfielders in the Marlins system after 2014, making him a no-brainer UTR OAS.  The 2012 – 4th rounder is within the league leaders in doubles with 15.
    • Yefri Perez  –  Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA)  –  24 yo;  –  Much like Fort Myers catcher Alex Swim listed above, this is Yefri’s last hurrah as a UTR prospect. At 24 yrs. old Perez is in his seventh year in the organization, however this season, you can’t overlook his team and FS League leading 26 stolen bases.
  • Designated Hitter: 
    • Louis Voit – Palm Beach Cardinals (STL)  –  24yo;  –  Voit was a Cardinals UTR Org. All-Star choice in 2014.   The 2013 – 22nd rounder out of Missouri State sits among the league leaders in on-base percentage (.368); and after 54 games (repeating HiA) Voit ranks third in the league in walks with 31; the same amount of free passes he drew in 93 games for HiA Palm Beach last season.
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