FORT WAYNE, Ind. – TinCaps first baseman Jake Bauers has been named a 2014 Midwest League Postseason All-Star, the league announced Monday afternoon.
The Postseason All-Star team includes nine position players and four pitchers. The team was selected by the managers of the 16 teams in the league.
“I’d like to thank the fans and people of Fort Wayne for making this city feel like home for me this season,” said Bauers, a native of Huntington Beach, California. “Our team appreciates the amazing fan support through the ups and downs of the year.”
Entering Fort Wayne’s game on Aug. 25, Bauers is hitting .291 – tied for the seventh best batting average in the league. In 104 games, the 18-year-old has eight home runs and 60 runs batted in.
“It’s an impressive honor for anyone,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said. “But for the youngest player in the league to be given this recognition is quite impressive and says a lot about Jake’s performance this season. He’s been a great player to have with us this season.”
Bauers wasn’t on Fort Wayne’s roster to begin the year. After starting 2014 in extended spring training, the 2013 seventh-rounder made his TinCaps debut on April 26. For much of June and July, he had the best batting average in the league. In addition to his prowess at the plate, Bauers has also impressed many with his defensive performance as a first baseman.
“It’s good to see that the hard work Jake has put in all season long has been rewarded,” TinCaps hitting coach Morgan Burkhart said.”
See below for the complete 2014 Midwest League Postseason All-Star Team.
2014 MIDWEST LEAGUE POSTSEASON ALL-STAR TEAM
POSITION PLAYER B/T HT/WT BIRTHDATE CLUB/AFFILIATE
First Base Jake Bauers L/L 6’1/195 10/06/95 Fort Wayne/San Diego
Second Base Kean Wong L/R 5’11/190 04/17/95 Bowling Green/Tampa Bay
Third Base Mitch Nay R/R 6’3/219 09/20/93 Lansing/Toronto
Shortstop Andrew Velazquez S/R 5’8/162 07/14/94 South Bend/Arizona
Outfield Wynton Bernard R/R 6’2/200 09/24/90 West Michigan/Detroit
Brett Phillips L/R 6’0/185 05/30/94 Quad Cities/Houston
Joey Curletta R/R 6’4/245 03/08/94 Great Lakes/Dodgers
Catcher Mitch Garver R/R 6’1/220 01/15/91 Cedar Rapids/Minnesota
Designated Clint Coulter R/R 6’3/222 07/30/93 Wisconsin/Milwaukee
RH Pitcher Buck Farmer L/R 6’4/225 02/20/91 West Michigan/Detroit
LH Pitcher Kevin Ziomek R/L 6’3/200 03/21/92 West Michigan/Detroit
RH Reliever Silvino Bracho R/R 5’10/190 07/17/92 South Bend/Arizona
LH Reliever Will Locante L/L 6’0/194 02/02/90 South Bend/Arizona
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Wynton Bernard – West Michigan/Detroit
PROSPECT OF THE YEAR: Andrew Velazquez – South Bend/Arizona
MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Mark Johnson – Kane County/Chicago