The upper minors have All-Stars, too! Like Joey Gallo and Chi-Chi Gonzalez, many of these players found themselves promoted at least one level after their selection as one of their leagues' best.
Luke Jackson (1.0 IP, 1K)
As one of the Texas League leaders in strikeouts, Jackson was almost guaranteed a place on the All-Star roster. Though he couldn't repeat the under-one ERA of his first few appearances in Double-A, his starts across the beginning of the season showed the developments in his repertoire and approach to pitching. Despite some struggles in Triple-A, post-break, Jackson is still one of Texas' top pitching prospects, and should challenge for a rotation spot next spring.
Alec Asher (1.0, 2H, 1ER)
Though Asher's had some rough starts since the All-Star break, his previous numbers showed why he was deserving of the All-Star nod. An overall pre-break ERA of 2.86, along with 73 strikeouts to only 20 walks in 87.1 innings made Asher one of the more effective pitchers in the Texas League before his recent few games. Though Asher will likely remain in Frisco for the rest of the season, a strong spring could put him in the same position as his former teammate Luke Jackson.
Edwar Cabrera (did not play)
Frisco's first changeup specialist earned the All-Star distinction for a solid first half, putting together an ERA of 3.55 while only allowing six homers through 76.0 innings, despite being bounced between the rotation and the bullpen. Since the break, Cabrera's been even better, starting five games (32.1 innings) and only allowing six earned runs through them. Though his changeup is his most notable pitch, an improving slurvy breaking ball complements both the change and his 88-90 mph fastball, allowing him to be an effective starter without top-notch velocity. Note: Cabrera was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on July 24.
Phil Klein (did not play)
Like Jackson, Klein was promoted to Round Rock shortly after the All-Star game, where he's kept up his excellent track record. Pre-promotion, Klein had a miniscule ERA of 0.81, and in 12.2 Triple A innings, the big righthander has allowed no earned runs while striking out 21 and only walking six. Klein sometimes played the role of Frisco's closer when he was with the team, and the stuff he's shown could put him in a late-innings role in the future.
Rougned Odor (promoted to majors)
Everyone in Arlington's been able to watch Rougned Odor since May, so it should be no surprise that 32 games in Frisco were enough to earn the infielder an All-Star designation. In those games, Odor hit .279/.314/.450 with six homers, and showed both improved defense and verve to spare.
Guilder Rodriguez (0-2, 2K)
Jokingly referring to himself as an 'Old Star' when asked about being named to the All-Star team, 31-year-old Guilder Rodriguez is still effective with the bat, hitting .288/.368/.315 for the year and .315/.394/.329 before the break. The definition of a 'utility guy,' Rodriguez has been in the minors for 13 years and with the Rangers' organization since 2009, and is a candidate for a very late season appearance for the big club. Or, at least, he should be.
Ryan Rua (0-4)
Another one of the list of promoted RoughRiders, Rua hit .300 with Frisco in the first part of the season, along with a then team-leading ten homers. Though he did play some second and first with the 'Riders, Rua spent the beginning of the season at third, the position he took at the All-Star game, and where he's spent most of his time since being promoted to Round Rock.
Jake Smolinski (1-4, K)
Currently displaying his All-Star credentials with the major league team, Jake Smolinski hit .267/.349/.459 while with Frisco most of the way through June. The rangy outfielder, a minor league signee at the beginning of the season, was quickly promoted to Triple A after the All-Star game, and ended up in Arlington soon after, where he's hitting well through a short sample size (.389/.450/.472 over 40 plate appearances in 11 games).
Tomas Telis (0-4)
Catchers who offer solid offense are a rare and valuable thing, and one who can throw out 29 percent of runners while switch-hitting .303/.339/.401 through 70 games in Double A is something special indeed. Telis also displays an unwillingness to strike out, and the above-.300 average marked a return to his hitting ways from last year's Double A slump. His honor-earning accomplishments also resulted in his eventual promotion to Round Rock, where he has two doubles and a triple in seven games.
Odubel Herrera (replaced Odor, did not play )
A good-hitting second baseman getting his second crack at Frisco, Herrera was promoted to the Double A team towards the middle of May, and proceeded to put up fantastic numbers. In 63 games at the level, Herrera has hit .346/.391/.426, making him a well-deserved candidate to replace the promoted Odor. Though Herrera has always displayed hitting ability, his strides on defense this season have also helped to put him back into the prospect consideration.
Round Rock Express
Jared Hoying (0-2, K)
Round Rock's only representative in the Pacific Coast League squad, Hoying hit 15 homers before the All-Star break, putting up averages of .258/.320/.482 with Texas' Triple A squad, and played both center and right field for the Express. Small for someone with his demonstrated power, Hoying was also a PCL Player of the Week earlier in the season, and had played an Express-high 78 games before the selection. Though he's since cooled off in the seven games after the break, Hoying could still be an interesting possibility for the Rangers if they need to find another outfielder.