Complex League award winners and All-Stars

Avina, Rodriguez and Olivar claim Rookie-level MVP honors

Minor League Baseball revealed its end-of-season award winners and All-Stars for each of the Rookie-level Complex Leagues. While the Arizona Complex League, Dominican Summer League and Florida Complex League are all of the short-season variety, their value to a player’s development is no less important.

In the ACL, Milwaukee’s Jace Avina took home MVP honors while San Francisco’s Nomar Medina was named Pitcher of the Year. In the DSL, the Twins’ Jose Rodriguez was crowned MVP and Red Sox hurler Wandy Abreu garnered Pitcher of the Year honors. Rounding out the awards, Twins catcher Ricardo Olivar earned MVP kudos while Mets hurler Jawilme Ramirez was declared Pitcher of the Year in the FCL.

Here are the major award winners from each circuit as well as the full All-Star teams.

Arizona Complex League
Most Valuable Player: Jace Avina, Brewers Blue (MIL)
Selected in the 14th round in 2021, Avina hit the ground running in his pro debut in the ACL this past summer before ending the year with Single-A Carolina in the Carolina League. Prior to his promotion, the 19-year-old tore through Arizona, putting together a .294/.436/.636 slash line in 119 at-bats across 36 games. Among his 19 extra-base hits were a league-best 10 homers, including eight during a 13-game span from July 21-Aug. 7. The native of Reno, Nevada also paced the circuit in OBP and slugging. Avina drove in 29 runs, scored 27 and reached safely in all but five of the games in which he made a plate appearance.

Jace Avina is your ACL home run leader 💪💣

8 bombs thus far and the best OPS in the league (1.083)#ThisIsMyCrew

— Brewers Player Development (@BrewersPD) July 25, 2022
Pitcher of the Year: Nomar Medina, Giants Black (SF)
Medina was making his second trek through the Arizona Complex League after a strong debut there in 2021. The 19-year-old was even better this past season, winning all six of his decisions to go along with a league-best 2.22 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 14 appearances (12 starts). The 6-foot, 190-pound southpaw produced a strong 70-to-15 K/BB ratio in 65 innings and surrendered just two homers while limiting opposing batters to a .243 average.

Nomar Medina struck out 7 over five shutout innings in Saturday’s Game 2 victory over the Rockies in the ACL Championship Series

— SFGProspects (@SFGProspects) August 29, 2022
All-Star Team
1B: Maick Collado, Guardians (CLE)
2B: Pedro Ramirez, Cubs (CHC)
SS: Jadher Areinamo, Brewers Gold (MIL)
3B: Gleider Figuereo, Rangers (TEX No. 20)
C: Thayron Liranzo, Dodgers (LAD)
OF: Jace Avina, Brewers Blue (MIL)
OF: Jesus Bugarin, Rockies (COL)
OF: JoJo Blackmon, Rangers (TEX)
DH: P.J. Hilson, Giants Black (SF)
RHP: Wardquelin Vasquez, Guardians (CLE)
LHP: Nomar Medina, Giants Black (SF)
RP: Jenrry Gonzalez, Angels (LAA)
Manager: Jose Montilla, Giants Black (SF)

Dominican Summer League
Most Valuable Player: Jose Rodriguez, Twins (MIN)
Rodriguez showcased tremendous power in his first taste of pro ball, leading the DSL with 13 homers and 49 RBIs in 55 games. The 17-year-old was no slouch in other offensive facets, batting .289/.361/.605 with 31 extra-base hits across 190 at-bats. Rodriguez took off in July, leaving the yard seven times and plating 23 runs while hitting .325 with a 1.105 OPS in 22 games.

Pitcher of the Year: Wandy Abreu, Red Sox Blue (BOS)
Debuts don’t come much better than the one Abreu put together as a 20-year-old after signing with Boston last November. Abreu made 18 appearances, won eight games — all in relief — and posted a miniscule 1.22 ERA to go along with an 0.97 WHIP. The 6-foot-4, 238-pound right-hander held opposing batters to a .191 average and ran a sparkling 45-to-11 K/BB ratio in 37 frames. Abreu ended the season by surrendering two earned runs over his final 13 appearances spanning 25 2/3 innings.

All-Star Team
1B: Luis Torres, Angels (LAA)
2B: Loidel Chapelli, White Sox (CWS No. 25)
SS: Keiner Delgado, Yankees (NYY)
3B: Marco Vargas, Marlins (MIA)
C: Bryant Betancourt, Rockies (COL)
OF: Jose Rodriguez, Twins (MIN No. 21)
OF: Josue De Paula, Dodgers Bautista (LAD)
OF: Luis Baez, Astros Orange (HOU No. 22)
DH: Samuel Muñoz, Dodgers Mega (LAD)
RHP: Wandy Abreu, Red Sox Blue (BOS)
LHP: Victor Pena, Royals Glass (KC)
RP: Dianye Florentino, Rangers Blue (KC)
Manager: Ozzie Chavez, Red Sox Blue (BOS)

Florida Complex League
Most Valuable Player: Ricardo Olivar, Twins (MIN)
Olivar obviously learned from his sluggish introduction to pro ball in the FCL in 2021. Back in Florida to begin 2022, the 21-year-old took off, finishing second on the circuit with a .349 average in 40 games. Olivar put together a 1.013 OPS, 20 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs across 120 at-bats. The Venezuela native was promoted to Single-A Fort Myers and went 2-for-9 in three games to close out the season.

Pitcher of the Year: Jawilme Ramirez, Mets (NYM)
Following a strong pro debut in the Dominican Summer League a year before, Ramirez made the jump to the United States and shined. The 20-year-old was nearly untouchable, producing an 0.84 ERA and an 0.77 WHIP in 13 appearances (six starts) while limiting opposing batters to a .179 average. The Dominican Republic native struck out 40, walked six and surrendered just 27 hits, only one of which left the yard, in 43 innings. Ramirez made his final two starts of 2022 with Single-A St. Lucie.

All-Star Team
1B: Jesus Rodriguez, Yankees (NYY)
2B: Jared Serna, Yankees (NYY)
SS: Junior Caminero, Rays (TB No. 18)
3B: Yiddi Cappe, Marlins (MIA No. 6)
C: Ricardo Olivar, Twins (MIN)
OF: Miguel Bleis, Red Sox (BOS No. 5)
OF: Roismar Quintana, Nationals (WAS No. 16)
OF: Felix Negueis, Yankees (NYY)
DH: Agustin Ramirez, Yankees (NYY)
RHP: Jawilme Ramirez, Mets (NYM)
LHP: Juan Rojas, Orioles (BAL)
RP: Andri Tavarez, Rays (TB)
Manager: Sergio Santos, Yankees (NYY)