Cubs' Baez among postseason All-Star selections

Cubs' Baez among postseason All-Star selections
August 30, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Javier Baez's standout minor-league season just keeps getting better.

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The Cubs' top prospect was named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team Friday.

Tennessee, the Cubs' Double-A affiliate, boasted five players on the 15-person All-Star roster, filling out three of the four infield spots. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara and third baseman Christian Villanueva joined Baez in the infield while outfielder Matt Szczur and right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks also earned postseason acclaim.

Baez boasts a .299/.351/.637 (.988 OPS) line since joining the Smokies in June, crushing 18 homers and driving in 49 runs in 50 games.

The 20-year-old shortstop was also named to the Florida State League postseason All-Star roster after playing the first 76 games of the season with High-A Daytona.

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He has 35 homers, 106 RBI and 20 steals in 126 games on the season.

Alcantara (.805 OPS, 15 homers, 30 steals) is enjoying a breakout season while Villanueva (.775 OPS, 40 doubles, 17 homers) and Hendricks (10-3, 1.85 ERA in Double-A, 3-0, 2.38 ERA with Triple-A Iowa) are paying dividends from the deal that sent Ryan Dempster to Texas at last year's trade deadline. Szczur (.711 OPS, 21 steals) has adapted to Double-A and continues to display the athleticism that made him such an intriguing prospect in the 2010 MLB Draft.

Rock Shoulders also garnered a postseason All-Star nod, representing the Cubs' Low-A affiliate in Kane County on the Midwest League roster.

Shoulders, a 25th-round selection in 2011, already boasts the best name in Minor League Baseball and has starred in CSNChicago's "The Foundation: The Story of the 2013 Kane County Cougars" all season.

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The 21-year-old carries a .253 average and .792 OPS with 18 homers and 71 RBI in 114 games for the Cougars while seeing time at first base, designated hitter, left field and right field.

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