11/12/09 12:45 PM EST
Topps Triple-A All-Star Team announced
Indians, Yankees each have two prospects on annual list
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Named to the team were first baseman Randy Ruiz (Blue Jays), second baseman Kevin Russo (Yankees), third baseman Andy Marte (Indians), shortstop Alcides Escobar (Brewers), outfielders John Bowker (Giants), Jordan Brown (Indians) and Shelley Duncan (Yankees), catcher John Hester (D-backs), designated hitter Mitch Jones (Dodgers) and pitcher Lenny DiNardo (Royals).
The Topps Double-A All-Stars will be announced on Wednesday, followed by Class A on Nov. 25 and short-season/rookie ball on Dec. 2.
The 32-year-old Ruiz batted .320 with 25 homers and a Triple-A-leading 106 RBIs while winning Most Valuable Player honors in the Pacific Coast League with the Las Vegas 51s.
Russo, 25, finished fourth in Triple-A with a .326 batting average and added 18 doubles, five homers and 31 RBIs in 90 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Marte batted .327 with 18 homers and 66 RBIs for the Columbus Clippers. The 26-year-old was brought up to the big leagues at the end of July and finished the season with the Indians, batting .293 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 47 games.
Escobar racked up 42 stolen bases while batting .298 with 34 RBIs and 24 doubles for the Nashville Sounds. The 22-year-old was also among the top defensive PCL shortstops with a .975 fielding percentage and was named to the Topps Double-A All-Star team last year.
The 26-year-old Bowker led Minor League Baseball with a .451 on-base percentage, and his .342 batting average was second best among full-season domestic Minor Leaguers. The Fresno Grizzlies outfielder also hit 21 homers and drove in 83 runs.
Brown, 25, paced the International League with a .336 batting average for Columbus and was third in the circuit with a .532 slugging percentage.
Duncan, meanwhile, batted .277 with 30 home runs and 99 RBIs while being named International League MVP. The 30-year-old's home run and RBI totals with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ranked second and third, respectively, in Triple-A.
The 26-year-old Hester threw out 30 percent of potential basestealers while batting .328 with nine homers and 66 RBIs for Reno.
Jones, 32, won the Joe Bauman Trophy as Minor League Baseball's top home run hitter with 35. The Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder also led the Minors with a .651 slugging percentage, and his 103 RBIs ranked second in Triple-A.
DiNardo, a left-hander, went 10-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 23 starts for Omaha. The 30-year-old was involved in five of his team's 13 combined shutouts and struck out 127 batters while walking just 38 in 151 2/3 innings.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.