Jul 082014
 

Yesterday, the Harrisburg Senators announced three of their players were named to the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Cutter Dykstra, Neil Holland, and Michael Taylor were selected for the Western Division squad. Holland will obviously not be playing due to his recent move to AAA to join the Syracuse Chiefs.

Dykstra is currently posting a .297/.369/.417 line for the Senators as the team’s starting second baseman, where he’s putting up a career-best 4.39 range factor. He was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 out of Westlake, CA high school.

Holland was leading the team in appearances with 29 before his promotion, and had allowed just seven of 18 inherited runners to score while not allowing any runs of his own in 17 appearances. This is his second all-star appearance, having represented the Nats NYPL affiliate in Vermont in 2010, the same year he was drafted out of the University of Louisville.

Taylor has been a force all season long, displaying both power (18 HR) speed (26 steals) while putting up an OPS of .956. Originally a shortstop when he was drafted in the 6th Rd. out of Westminster Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), he was converted to outfield in 2010 and has quickly evolved on defense to an elite level, most notably for his throwing arm where he racked up 23 assists last season and has nine so far this season.

The E.L. ASG will be held on July 16 in Altoona. Full rosters and further details can be found here.

Jul 022014
 

All Stars
The International League roster for the AAA All-Star Game between the I.L and the P.C.L. were announced today and four Syracuse Chiefs were among the 30 players named.

Taylor Hill, Jhonatan Solano, and Steve Souza were among the 13 elected to the game by the fans, media, and team managers while Aaron Laffey was one of the 17 selected by the league office to round out the roster.

According to MiLB.com, this is the first All-Star selection for Hill, the second for both Solano (2010, E.L.) and Laffey (2005, Sally Lg.), and the third for Souza (2010, Sally Lg.; 2013, E.L.).

Hill is currently leading the I.L. in ERA with a 1.92 mark and is second in both wins (9) and WHIP (0.99). Solano is tied for 1st among I.L. catchers for RBI and is second in HR with nine. Souza leads the I.L. in average, OBP, and slugging percentage. Laffey, despite not pitching until April 17th, leads the I.L. with 10 pitching wins.

The All-Star game will be held July 16th in Durham, NC and the winner will be the “home” team at the one-game exhibition billed as the Triple-A National Championship on September 16th in Charlotte, NC.

Jun 042014
 

With the release of the 2014 Carolina League All-Star Team roster, there will be multiple Potomac players for the second straight year.

SS Stephen Perez and 1B Shawn Pleffner are both scheduled to attend the 2014 Carolina-California League All-Star Game in Wilmington on June 17th.

It’s the first All-Star nod for Perez, who’s batting .297/.406/.396 with 14 steals, 26 RBI, and 35 runs scored and has appeared in 53 of the 57 games the P-Nats have played. His .406 OBP mark is 4th best in the Carolina League while his 32 walks is second-best. He’ll be the Carolina League’s starting SS.

Pleffner was a NYPL All-Star in 2012 and was held in purgatory Extended Spring Training until late April. If he had enough PAs to qualify, his .308 batting average would be in the Top 10. In 37 games he’s made just one error, and is arguably the best defensive 1B to play for Potomac over the past several seasons. He’ll be on the Carolina League’s bench.

Last season, three P-Nats were named to the exhibition — Billy Burns, Robbie Ray, Blake Schwartz — breaking up a streak of three straight seasons of just one player — Zach Walters, 2012; Destin Hood, 2011 (replaced by Jeff Kobernus); and Michael Burgess, 2010.

Jun 032014
 


For the second straight season, six Hagerstown players have been named to the Northern Division’s entry into the Sally League’s All-Star game on June 17th. But, instead of just two coaches in 2013, manager Patrick Anderson, hitting coach Luis Ordaz, and pitching coach Sam Narron have been asked to join their charges at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC.

Without further ado, here’s who’s been named:

  • 2B Wilmer Difo
  • C Spencer Kieboom
  • RHP Nick Pivetta
  • RHP Austin Voth
  • LHP Jake Walsh
  • RHP John Wooten

Also, for the second straight year — all six players appear to be going to an All-Star game for the first time. Manager Patrick Anderson was named to the same position on the 2013 GCL postseason all-star team after guiding the 2013 G-Nats to the GCL Championship.

For highlights on the Hagerstown players, visit the Suns official press release.

Aug 042013
 

As one might expect with a last-place team, just one Auburn Doubleday was named to the New York-Penn League 2013 All-Star game.

David Napoli got the nod from the NYPL, which released the rosters this afternoon. Napoli is currently 1-0 with three saves and a 1.37 ERA in 11 appearances, in which he’s pitched 19⅔ innings, given up four runs on 13 hits with eight walks and 23 strikeouts.

The 22-y.o. southpaw was drafted this past June in the 8th round out of Tulane University. He primarily worked as a starter for the Green Wave, but has been used as a reliever to maximize the velocity on his fastball, which, according Baseball America, can hit 94 m.p.h. though Ryan Kelley of BaseballNewshound.com is high on his curve:

Napoli’s best pitch though is his vicious curveball. It’s a big 11-5 bender… and it has a knack for making opposing hitters look silly. It’s his put-away weapon, and he likes to bury it in the dirt as his chase pitch. Impressive for his age, he’s also adept at dropping it in for called strikes early in the count, and can place it already.

The 2013 All-Star game will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT, home to the Connecticut Tigers. It will feature a matchup of prospects from the American League versus prospects from the National League.

Jul 032013
 

The Syracuse Chiefs have announced that SS Zach Walters has been named to the International League All-Star team.

Zach WaltersWalters, who was recently named the I.L. Player of the Week, leads the Chiefs with 18 home runs and is second to Chris Marrero with 44 RBIs. With 40 extra-base hits total (20 doubles, two triples), he’s third in the International League, three behind Atlanta farmhand Joey Terdoslavich.

Overall, Walters is hitting .246/.275/.508, but since June 1, he’s hit .316 with 8HR and 20RBI. Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, the 23-y.o. Wyoming native was picked up in a trade of RHP Jason Marquis at the July 2011 trade deadline.

Jun 262013
 

Rosters for the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game were announced today, and for the third straight year, five Harrisburg Senators made the Western Division squad:

• IF Josh Johnson

• OF Steve Souza Jr.

• RHP Aaron Barrett

• RHP Paul Demny

• RHP Taylor Jordan

This is the first All-Star team selection for Demny and the second All-Star team selection for Johnson (Midwest, 2006), Souza (Sally, 2010), Jordan (Sally, 2011) and Barrett (Sally 2012).

This year’s game will be held in New Britain, Connecticut on July 10th with a HR derby on the 9th. New Britain previously hosted the All-Star game in 2003 and 1987.

UPDATE: The accolades keep coming for Jordan as the 24-year-old was named to the 2013 All-Star Futures Game.

Jun 072013
 

For the first time since 2009, Potomac has multiple representatives named to the Carolina League All-Star team, as the rosters for the 2013 contingent were announced today.

OF Billy Burns, LHP Robbie Ray, and RHP Blake Schwartz were among those named on the roster. It’s believed to be the first All-Star appearance for all three players.

Burns will be among the starting outfielders, most likely in center. The 23-year-old Georgia native leads the Carolina League with 28 steals, while his .418 on-base percentage is second in the league.

Ray leads the Carolina League with 81 strikeouts in 62 innings, but is also third in most walks allowed with 29. After a disastrous 2012 (4-12, 6.56), the 21-year-old from Tennessee will take it as he’s also third in ERA at 2.32 and has posted a won-loss mark of 4-2.

Schwartz is a bit of a surprise, given that he began the season in Hagerstown and in the bullpen. Since his promotion in late April he’s won five of eight starts (5-1 for Potomac, 7-1 overall) and posted a league-best ERA of 1.29. The 23-year-old Minnesotan has risen rapidly up the Nationals ladder, going from a 17-round pick from Okalahoma City College to High-A in less than a calendar year.

The 2013 Carolina-California All-Star game is scheduled for June 18th with the San Jose Giants as the host city for the California League. The game will be televised locally as well as on MiLB.tv.

As aforementioned, the P-Nats have had only one player named the past three seasons with OF Michael Burgess the sole representative in 2010 and 2011 and C David Freitas in 2012 (RHP Rob Wort was named as an injury replacement). The previous multiple-player representation came in 2009, when RHPs Brad Meyers and Jeff Mandel were named to the Carolina League’s pitching staff.

Aug 082012
 

Rosters for the 2012 New York-Penn League All-Star team were announced this afternoon and five Auburn Doubledays made the N.L. squad:

• 1B Shawn Pleffner .322/.354/.471, 24RBI in 29G (reserve)

• SS Wes Schill .270/.329/.333, 16RBI in 38G (reserve)

• C Craig Manuel .273/.354/.313, 8RBI in 40G (reserve)

• OF Estarlin Martinez .329/.392/.484, 24RBI in 40G (starting OF)

• OF Wander Ramos .284/.388/.466, 26RBI in 43G (reserve)

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are the 2012 hosts for the 8th annual exhibition. Manuel is a 10th round pick from the 2012 draft, Pleffner is a 26th round pick from the 2011 draft, Schill is a 2011 NDFA, and Martinez and Ramos are products from the DSL that began their careers in 2009.

Jun 292011
 

Rosters for the 2011 Eastern League All-Star Team were announced today and five Harrisburg Senators made the squad:

• RHP Erik Arnesen

• RHP Brad Peacock

• 1B Tyler Moore

• OF-1B Bill Rhinehart

• OF Archie Gilbert

The 2011 E.L. All Star Game will be held at the home stadium of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on July 13th. Peacock was also named to the Futures Game that will be held on July 10th at the home stadium of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It is believed to be the first All Star team honors for for all but Archie Gilbert, who Arnesen, Peacock and Moore. Archie Gilbert was named to 2010 Southern League All-Star Game for Midland, while Rhinehart was a 2008 Sally League All-Star for Hagerstown.