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Baseball America Minor League All-Stars

The Brewers system isn't quite so impressive now that Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, and Corey Hart have graduated, but of course there are still a couple of fantastic prospects.

The best of them all, Yovani Gallardo, was named to Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Team along with a few other pitchers you may have heard of: Philip Hughes, Homer Bailey, and Matt Garza.  Here's what BA has to say about our prize pitcher:

The 20-year-old Gallardo dominated two levels with four pitches and led all minor leaguers with 188 strikeouts. You'll also find him among the leaders in strikeouts per nine innings (naturally), ERA and opponents' batting average. Not bad for a guy who failed to strike out a man an inning in the South Atlantic League in 2005. Gallardo's fastball velocity can't match the others here, but he more than makes up for it with two advanced breaking balls and an average changeup.

I was a bit surprised and disappointed to see that only one other player--William Inman--made BA's All-Star teams by level.  I suppose there aren't many bona fide stars in the system, except for Ryan Braun.  And it's tough to argue that Ryan was the best 3B in Double-A this year--especially since he spent only half the year there, and a little-known prospect named Alex Gordon had a pretty nice season as well.

The Triple-A team might have featured a Nashville Sound or two if BA wasn't focused on best "prospects."  It's a little shaky to say that Jered Weaver was better than, say, Dana Eveland over the course of the season, but I understand where they're coming from.  I also would've liked to have seen Cole Gillespie get some recognition for his big offensive performance (.344/.466/.548) in Helena, but he's not a name prospect like the guys BA picked.  Boo.

Anyway, congrats to Yovani and Will on the honor--I can only hope that Gallardo follows in Weaver's footsteps, giving a Triple-A All-Star performance in two months and forcing his way into the big league rotation shortly after that.