Sep 162012
 

We’re in awards and accolades season now for the minors, as three Nationals farmhands were named to Baseball America’s 2012 Classification All-Stars.

Corey Brown was named as one of the AAA outfielders after posting a line of .285/.365/.523 with 25 HRs in 126 games for Syracuse. He was also named to the International League’s postseason All-Star team, and the far less prestigious “Good Bat” for Syracuse from NationalsProspects.com. Brown was acquired in a December 2010 trade with Oakland for OF Josh Willingham, along with Henry “Where’s The Strike Zone?” Rodriguez.

Matt Skole got the nod for the Low-A third baseman from the Durham, N.C.-based publication, hitting .286/.438/.574 with 27HRs in 101 games for Hagerstown and .314/.355/.486 in 18 games for Potomac. He was also the South Atlantic League MVP and 3B for its postseason All-Star team, this site’s “G” for the Suns hitters for 2012, and the Nationals Minor-League Player of the Year. Skole is a repeat customer, winning the BA accolades as the SS-A third baseman in 2011. He was the Nationals 5th Round pick in the 2011 Rule 4 draft out of Georgia Tech.

Robert Benincasa is the surprise winner as the relief pitcher of the year for short-season A with relatively modest numbers of 2-0, 3.09 with 3 saves and a WHIP of 1.29 over 23⅓ innings for the Auburn Doubledays. He’s currently in Florida for the Nationals Instructional League, and came to organization as a 7th Round Pick this past June out of Florida State.

  3 Responses to “Three Nats Named To 2012 BA All-Star Teams”

  1. Luke, I’ll defer to you here, but the only way Meyer & Karns aren’t on this list seems to be a split-season reasoning.

    • Perhaps for Meyer, but I have a feeling that even if Karns had pitched all year long for Potomac and produced at that level, he still would have been overlooked. Remember, this is BA and having an “8” in the third digit of the year of birth is likely an automatic disqualifier.

      • Given the injury, long recover time, etc. Karns seems to have came out a lot better than CMW.

        If he repeats in AA and AAA his age shouldn’t be a factor as he would be at the right level then?

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