It's that time of year when we here at McCabe Magazine publish our mid-season All-Pro Team. This years team consist of eight America League players, and seven National League players. The Arizona Diamondbacks top the list with three players making the team and the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays both have two players making the squab.
Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox 1941 batted .406 for the season.
Catcher Yamid Wilfredo Chicago Cubs
ve year pro with 3 years of major league experience and is a season 15 arbitration signing. In his three previous seasons as a Cub he hit (season 12) 40 HR, 102 RBI, (season 13 playing only 108 games) 24 HR, 50 RBI , and (season 14) 45 HR, 127 RBI. With 65 games left in the regular season McCabe Magazine is predicting a career high 50 home runs for this Trenton, Michigan native.
Yamid Wilfredo Chicago Cubs
First Basemen Sergei Fleming Pittsburgh Pirates
Sergei Fleming is a part-time first-basemen with 31 home runs and a batting average of 331. He has spent time at second-base and left-field however, the scouts we talk to say he has average range, an average glove, and a very weak arm. He should be at first-base and stay at first-base. Fleming only spent two seasons in the minor leagues winning the Sliver Slugger (2B) award in his final season in High-A. This 27 year-old is a 9 year pro from Jacksonville, Florida winning a world series ring in his rookie season with the Pirates.
First Basemen Sergei Fleming
Second Basemen Mark Pence Arizona Diamondbacks
Now this was our toughness selection. It came down to Pence and Homer Henry of the Oakland Atheltics. Pence has 31 home runs and 88 RBI while Henry has 30 home runs and 83 RBI. Pence 112 hits, Henry 132, Pence 20 doubles and 8 triples, Henry 23 doubles and 4 triples. Pence 88 BB, Henry 60 BB. Pence has a batting average of 323 and Henry 344. Pence has a better OBP, SLG, and OPS. Those last three statistics were our deciding factors.
Segui leads all third basemen with 30 home runs, 90 RBI, 135 hits, and a 573 Slugging percentage. He is second to Boston's Andre Rivera (939) with an OPS of 930. Segui can hit for average and power, and at age 32 shows no signs of slowing down. He is a former MVP and three time All-Star with Sliver Slugger awards at 3rd and 2nd base. A Los Angles Dodger International signee from Cumana, Venezuela in season 2 and traded to Minnesota in season 3, Segui has 3 years left on a 5 year deal he signed in season 14 worth 8.7M per season. With career totals of 293 home runs, 955 RBI and a 290 batting average Segui should be a Hall of Fame candidate at the end of his career. He will be 35 at the end of the current contract and has let it be known he would like to play until age 40.
Third Basemen Alejandro Segui
Shortstop Roberto Ontiveros Toronto Blue Jays
Ontiveros made his first National League All-Star Team this season, his first full season in the major leagues. His glove work is rated the best among the four selected shortstops that made the All-Star Team according to the fielding instructors we spoke to. He leads all shortstops with 34 stolen bases.
Shortstop Roberto Ontiveros
Utility Infielder Homer Henry Oakland Atheltics
Outfielder Tony Cortes Kansas City Royals
Cortes is the best ball player in baseball and is McCabe Magazine's mid-season MVP. Snubbed by the broken ALL-Star selection engine for reasons only the folks that write computer code understand. Cortes leads the league in every offensive statistic. Cortes is the league leader in batting average 413, OBP 534, SLG 685, OPS 1219, Runs 106 and Hits 144. He also has 51 stolen bases which is 2 behind Washington Nationals Centerfielder Omar Paniagua the league leader.
Outfielder Tony Cortes
Outfielder Clarence Finley Arizona Diamondbacks
Finley is our All-Pro selection in Centerfield. This All-Star Centerfielder has 31 home runs with a 306 batting average, and he leads all outfielders with 116 RBI. Finley is also in his first full season in the big leagues. In High-A Finley had 50 home runs and a whopping 174 RBI. In AA he had 43 home runs and 134 RBI. In season 14 he played only 2 games in AA before being promoted to the majors. After the call up Finley played in 96 games and banged out 20 home runs with 73 RBI.
Outfielder Clarence Finley
Outfielder Steven Starr Boston Red Sox
This was another tough choice. We decided to go with Star over Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Scooter Chamberlain. Star is playing for the best team in baseball ( Boston Red Sox 78-28) with 31 home runs, 76 RBI, and a 308 batting average. He has excellent range in centerfield, can hit righties and lefties with power, an outstanding eye at the plate, and what he lacks in speed he makes up with base running ability.
|Steven Starr (BOS)||96||357||90||110||18||1||31||76||15|
|Scooter Chamberlain (CIN)||97||400||78||133||19||1||30||71||16|
|Steven Starr (BOS)||0.308||0.422||0.625||1.047|
|Scooter Chamberlain (CIN)||0.333||0.390||0.610||1.000|
Utility Outfielder Daniel Creek Toronto Blue Jays
Designated Hitter Jesus Vizcaino Baltimore Orioles
Vizcaino is the finest power hitter in baseball today. With 51 dingers Vizcaino has an outside shot of breaking the single-season record of 71 held by Branch Cambridge and Glen Cornelius. His 51 bombs leads the major leagues and is 12 better than Minnesota's Willie Tomlinson (39 HR) second on the home run list. Drafted in the first round by the Colorado Rockies and traded the following year (Season 8) to the Orioles where he won America League Rookie of the Year. If Vizcaino had stayed in Denver we undoubtedly would have a new single-season home run record by now.
Jesus "The Beast of the East" Vizcaino
Starting Pitcher Vince Garcia Arizona Diamondbacks
Garcia is the most dominating pitcher this reporter has ever laid eyes on. He has 15 wins which leads the major leagues and an amazing 10 complete games. The number two man on that list is Wandy Duran Seattle Mariner (SP) with 4 complete games. In addition to the 10 complete games Garcia also has 3 shutouts which also leads the league. He has been elected to the All-Star squab every year since his promotion to the bigs and is last seasons Cy Young award winner. Look for this 25 year-old righter to get a max deal in season 18 if he is allowed to hit the open market. We here at McCabe Magazine believe players of this statue should never make it to that free agent year. Garcia must be offered a long-term deal going into his final arbitration year to avoid the max deal and/or losing the player to free agency.
Starting Pitcher Vince Garcia
Middle Relief Pitcher Al Segui Boston Red Sox
What can we say about this shut down setup man that you haven't seen or heard? He's very durable, pitching in 105 games last year with the Florida Marlins and is currently the Robert E. McCabe League record holder for games pitched in a career with 1072. He has astonishing numbers, 10 wins, WHIP 1.15, OVA 224, and an ERA of 1.82. The broken All-Star selection committee finally got one right, selecting 34 year-old Segui to his first All-Star game since season 4 and third overall. Segui is with his 5th team in 15 years and looks to have found a home signing a 2 year free agent deal with Boston at the beginning of season 15.
Middle Relieve Pitcher Al Segui
Closer Brett Upshaw Cleveland Indians
Upshaw is our All-Pro selection for Closer. He has converted 26 of 28 opportunities using a nasty 4-seam fast ball rated by some scouts as the best in baseball. Upshaw has excellent control and is a four time All-Star selection. Upshaw also leads all relievers with 20 or more saves in the following pitching categories ; OAV 139, OBP 191, SLG 197, WHIP 0.68, and ERA 1.53.
Closer Brett Upshaw
Bullpen Pitcher Whitey Clark Cincinnati Reds