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Pillar, Sano honored by Midwest League

Postseason All-Star team includes Lindor, Portillo, Seitzer
August 29, 2012
Blue Jays prospect Kevin Pillar and Twins slugger Miguel Sano were among those honored on the Midwest League's 2012 Postseason All-Star Team on Wednesday.

Pillar, 23, was named the league's Most Valuable Player after batting .322 with five homers, 57 RBIs, 35 steals and a .390 on-base-percentage in 86 games for Class A Lansing. The Jays' 32nd-round pick in 2011 was promoted to Class A Advanced Dunedin but made his mark in the Midwest, earning Player of the Week status on May 14 and a spot on the Midseason All-Star team.

Sano, the Twins' top prospect, was named the circuit's Prospect of the Year after he hit .260 with 27 homers, 98 RBIs and eight steals in his first 126 games. The 19-year-old leads the league in homers, RBIs and ranks third in slugging percentage for Beloit.

Lansing skipper John Tamargo Jr. was selected as the league's Manager of the Year after leading the Blue Jays affiliate to a first-half division crown. The Lugnuts, through Aug. 29, own the league's best record at 79-52.

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The full roster is below:

Most Valuable Player: Kevin Pillar, Lansing (TOR)
Prospect of the Year: Miguel Sano, Beloit (MIN)
Manager of the Year: John Tamargo Jr., Lansing (TOR)

Midwest League Postseason All-Stars
Austin Hedges C Fort Wayne SD
Cameron Seitzer 1B Bowling Green TB
Ryan Brett 2B Bowling Green TB
Miguel Sano 3B Beloit MIN
Francisco Lindor SS Lake County CLE
Anthony Garcia OF Quad Cities STL
Kevin Pillar OF Lansing TOR
Drew Vettleson OF Bowling Green TB
Colin Walsh DH Quad Cities STL
Adys Portillo RH SP Fort Wayne SD
Justin Nicolino LH SP Lansing TOR
Ajay Meyer RH RP Lansing TOR
Corey Williams LH RP Beloit MIN

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