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Milwaukee and Sioux Falls will start the series tomorrow.

American Association of Independent Professional Baseball via Twitter (@AA_Baseball)

Although the season was truncated like MLB’s, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball still announced All-Star honors for 2020, and rightfully so. Even with just 58 to 60 games being played, all teams will end up at most within eight games back of first place this season.

Below are the 2020 American Association All-Stars for each position (all stats are from before yesterday’s games). At least one player are from each of the six participating teams for this season.

First Base: Kyle Martin, Winnipeg Goldeyes

With the Fish stuck in the States, Martin kept the team going by batting .299/.369/.543 with 14 homers and 48 RBI. He also drew 23 walks and stole eight bases.

Second Base: Edwin Arroyo, Chicago Dogs

Arroyo has been with the Dogs since its inception (2018). In his third year with the team, he posted a .300/.379/.418 slash with four homers and 23 RBI. The Puerto Rican won the first Batter of the Week award for 2020.

Third Base: Damek Tomscha, Sioux Falls Canaries

In 55 games this season, Tomscha hit .320/.367/.537 with 10 homers and 49 RBI. He spent 2019 with Lehigh Valley (Triple-A, Philadelphia Phillies) as well as Birmingham (Double-A, Chicago White Sox) and Charlotte (Triple-A, White Sox).

Shortstop: Andrew Ely, Canaries

In his second season with the Birds, Ely slashed .295/.382/.484 with nine homers and 30 RBI. His most recent affiliated action was with the New York Mets system in 2018.

Outfielders: Adam Brett Walker II, Milwaukee Milkmen; Logan Landon, Canaries; Mikey Reynolds, St Paul Saints

Walker has really made a name for himself as a power bat this year in the league. The former Minnesota Twins draftee will have the home run title (22) and quite possibly the RBI title (50) as well. In his second year with Milwaukee, he slashed .273/.322/.620. Walker earned Batter of the Week back in the last week of August.

Landon has batted to a .333/.383/.526 slash in 56 games for the playoff-bound Canaries this season. To go with that, he’s hit 10 home runs and 43 RBI. He spent 2019 with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A and Double-A clubs.

Reynolds posted a .332/.386/.529 triple-slash in 54 games for St Paul this season. He’s also hit seven homers and 28 RBI and is complemented with eight stolen bases. His previous years have been with Fargo-Moorhead, Kansas City T-Bones, the Can-Am League, and the Australian Baseball League.

Catcher: Chris Chinea, Saints

The St Paul catcher has hit for four homers and 37 RBI this season, leading to a .291/.329/.444 slash line. He spent time with the St Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A and Double-A teams in 2019.

Designated Hitter: Drew Ward, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

Coming over from the Washington Nationals organization, Ward has carried F-M to a handful of wins. His batting average (.341), slugging percentage (.645), and OPS (1.056) is tops in the league. He also has 17 homers on the year, which is second-best behind Walker. Ward has one Batter of the Week honor and a Batter of the Month honor to his name this season.

Starting Pitcher of the Year: Mike Devine, Saints

Honestly, what’s not to like about Devine this season? He was moved to the starting rotation after being in the bullpen last season. His strikeout total - 89 - leads the league and his WHIP (1.033) leads the league among starting pitchers. He’s also put up a 9.97 K/9 and a 1.46 BB/9 in 80.1 innings of work across 12 starts. The right-hander has won the Pitcher of the Week award an unprecedented three times this season and boasts a 2.57 ERA.

Relief Pitcher of the Year: Peyton Gray, Milkmen

After being released by the Colorado Rockies organization, Gray jumped over to the AA and has dominated. He has not allowed a single earned run in 32 innings of work over 30 games, hence his ERA is 0.00. AA stats are not as in-depth in terms of sabermetrics, but if my math is correct, here are some for your perusal: 0.750 WHIP, 15.8 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 4.0 K/BB. He also has notched 14 saves for the Milkmen.

Additional awards yet to be announced

The league will announce additional awards throughout the next week during the Championship Series:

  • Player of the Year - Today
  • Manager of the Year - Monday, September 14
  • Defensive Player of the Year - Tuesday, September 15
  • Rookie of the Year - Tuesday, September 15
  • Executive of the Year - Wednesday, September 16
  • Playing Surface of the Year - Thursday, September 17
  • Organization of the Year - October

Finals schedule finalized

Additionally, the Finals schedule is set as the Milkmen have clinched the first seed and the Canaries will settle for the second seed. All times are Central and games can be viewed on the league’s streaming site with a subscription.

  • Game 1: Saturday, 635p at Milwaukee
  • Game 2: Sunday, 430p at Milwaukee
  • Game 3: Tuesday, 705p at Sioux Falls
  • Game 4: Wednesday, 705p at Sioux Falls
  • Game 5, if necessary: Thursday, 705p at Sioux Falls
  • Game 6, if necessary: Friday, September 18, 635p at Milwaukee
  • Game 7, if necessary: Saturday, September 19, 305p at Milwaukee

This and that

  • Chicago and Sioux Falls had their doubleheader cancelled last night due to weather, so they will both end the season with 58 games played, not 60 as originally scheduled.