Midseason Players Of The Year, All-Stars For Major And Minor Leagues


Image credit: Shohei Ohtani (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The American and National leagues pause play for four days each July for the all-star break.

The MLB takeover of the minor leagues in 2021 introduced the same concept beyond the major leagues. Players in the 11 full-season minor leagues get a four-day reset period coinciding with the MLB all-star break. The minor leagues no longer schedule all-star games.

As we prepare for the second half and the stretch run, let’s reflect on first-half standouts with midseason players of the year and all-stars.

Midseason Major League Player of the Year
Shohei Ohtani, DH/RHP, Angels

Ohtani leads all major league hitters with 32 home runs and ranks third among pitchers with a 32% strikeout rate. The 29-year-old has more plus tools than any player in baseball—possibly in history—and in the second half he will put the finishing touches on an historic three-year run that has seen him generate 12 batting WAR and nearly 13 pitching WAR—and counting.

The Challenger: The Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. hit .331/.408/.582 and has 21 homers and 41 steals, putting him on track to become the fifth 40-40 player in history, joining Jose Canseco (1988), Barry Bonds (1996), Alex Rodriguez (1998) and Alfonso Soriano (2006).

Midseason Rookie of the Year
Corbin Carroll, OF, D-backs

Carroll and Orioles third baseman Gunnar Henderson entered the season as the top prospects in baseball and the favorites to win Rookie of the Year awards in their respective leagues. The 22-year-old Carroll had kept up his end of the bargain, batting .289/.366/.549 with 18 homers, 26 steals and a starting nod in the All-Star Game.

The Challenger: Henderson used a summer surge to pull close to Rangers third baseman Josh Jung and Astros righthander Hunter Brown in terms of WAR by AL rookies. In the NL, Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz had an incendiary first month in MLB, but his June 6 callup date will be a significant hindrance. But the BA overall major league ROY award is Carroll’s to lose.

Midseason Major League All-Star Team

CSean MurphyATL67.306.400.599170
1BFreddie FreemanLAD89.320.396.5561712
2BLuis ArraezMIA86.383.434.47131
3BJose RamirezCLE86.289.364.506149
SSCorey SeagerTEX59.353.413.613121
OFRonald Acuña Jr.ATL89.331.408.5822141
OFMookie BettsLAD86.276.379.586267
OFCorbin CarrollARI86.289.366.5491826
UTShohei OhtaniLAA89.302.387.6633211
SPKevin GausmanTOR1163.0311.92.30.70
SPZac GallenARI1183.
SPGerrit ColeNYY1172.859.52.60.85
SPFramber ValdezHOU1112.519.42.10.57
SPSpencer StriderATL1053.4414.32.91.12
CLFelix BautistaBAL421.0718.04.10.64
UTShohei OhtaniLAA1003.3211.83.91.26


Midseason Minor League Player of the Year
Jackson Holliday, SS, Orioles

The High School Player of the Year and No. 1 overall draft pick in 2022, Holliday made a seamless transition to pro ball this season. He hit .331/.466/.523 with seven homers and 20 steals in 71 games for Low-A Delmarva and High-A Aberdeen through 71 games. The Orioles rewarded the 19-year-old with a promotion to Double-A Bowie following the Futures Game.

The Challenger: No obvious POY challenger emerged in the first half, though Rays third baseman Junior Caminero had reached Double-A Montgomery as a 20-year-old and owned a .333/.392/.604 batting line with 16 homers.

Midseason All-Star Team

PosPlayer (Age)TeamPeakPAAVGOBPSLGOPS+
CSamuel Basallo (18)BALLoA299.298.375.494166
1BAbimelec Ortiz (21)TEXHiA264.330.403.679212
2BColt Keith (21)DETAAA310.335.400.593169
3BJunior Caminero (19)TBAA283.333.392.604167
SSJackson Holliday (19)BALHiA326.331.466.523184
OFColton Cowser (23)BALAAA257.330.459.537153
OFDominic Canzone (25)ARIAAA304.354.431.634141
OFGabriel Gonzalez (19)SEALoA335.348.403.530167
DHCoby Mayo (21)BALAA347.307.424.603172
OPS+ compares players’ OBP and SLG to league average and adjusts by park factors for those statistics
PosPitcher (Age)TeamPeakIPERASO/9BB/9HR/9
SPRobby Snelling (19)SDHiA621.739.82.50.29
SPDrew Thorpe (22)NYYHiA842.1310.83.00.43
SPAnthony Solometo (20)PITAA782.3210.33.40.46
SPGavin Williams (23)CLEAAA602.3912.13.60.90
SPRobert Gasser (24)MILAAA803.9410.73.50.79

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