The AAA All-Star Game will be on July 12th. You can vote for your favorite Bats here.

Pensacola will be hosting the AA Southern League All-Star game on June 20th. Players were selected by a vote of league field managers, radio broadcasters, general managers and print media. The Blue Wahoos will be well represented by the following six players.

OF Gabriel Guerrero – .280/.316/.344/.660
2B/3B Josh VanMeter – .240/.321/.314/.634

SP Tyler Mahle – 76 IP 48 H 16 BB 75 SO 1.66 ERA
SP Deck McGuire – 63.2 IP 50 H 25 BB 67 SO 3.25 ERA
RP Jimmy Herget – 28.1 IP 18 H 11 BB 41 SO 1.59 ERA
RP Ariel Hernandez – 29 IP 17 H 17 BB 37 SO 2.48 ERA

The A+ Florida State League All-Star team plays on June 17th and will contain the following five Tortugas.

2B Shed Long – .311/.369/.538/.906
1B Gavin LaValley – .288/.335/.561/.896
3B Nick Senzel – .304/.366/.467/.833
C Chris Okey – .185/.281/.252/.532

RP Tanner Rainey – 25.1 IP 12 H 11 BB 43 SO 4.26 ERA

The Dayton Dragons have placed seven players on the A Midwest League All-Star team who will play on June 20th.

OF T.J. Friedl – .284/.373/.498/.871
C Tyler Stephenson – .265/.358/.373/.731
OF Michael Beltre – .244/.349/.331/.681

SP Scott Moss – 63 IP 42 H 25 BB 81 SO 2.14 ERA
SP Tony Santillan – 58.2 IP 40 H 22 BB 54 SO 2.45 ERA
SP Wennington Romero – 66.2 IP 59 H 13 BB 58 SO 3.51 ERA
RP Aaron Fossas – 32.1 IP 34 H 10 BB 17 SO 2.51 ERA


AAA Louisville Bats

The Bats have a 22 – 36 record and are 4th out of 4 in the International League West.

International League hitters are hitting .255/.324/.393/.717.

OF Jesse Winker, .314/.391/.399/.790, leads the Bats with 24 R, 10 2B, 31 RBI, 26 BB, .314 AVG, and .391 OBP. C Rob Brantley, .295/.326/.459/.785, paces the team with a .459 SLG. IF/OF Darnell Sweeney, .321/.387/.393/.780 in 31 PA, is off to a hot start with the Bats after having come over in trade from the Dodgers where he was hitting .227/.290/.412/.702 at AAA. OF Sebastian Elizalde, .298/.366/.400/.766, leads the club with 61 H and 4 3B. IF/OF Hernan Iribarren, .297/.346/.412/.758, continues to be a solid performer for the Bats. C Stuart Turner, .318/.375/.318/.693, is doing a pretty good job in his rehab assignment. 2B Dilson Herrera, .241/.290/.359/.649, is off to a .333/.333/.524/.857 start in his first 21 PA of June.

International League pitchers have a 4.00 ERA.

LH SP Cody Reed (3.23 ERA in 6 GS) is still working out his control issues (30.2 IP, 34 H, 20 BB, 30 SO). RH SP Sal Romano (1.00 ERA in 5 GS) is back off the DL and picked up right where he left off in his quest to join the Reds rotation. RH SP Austin Ross (1.21 ERA in 9 GS at AA) has had mixed results (6.00 ERA) in his first two starts with the Bats. RH SP Robert Stephenson went 4 IP allowing 0 R on 0 H and 3 BB with 2 SO in his first start since being sent down to the Bats. RH RP Kevin Shackelford (1.63 ERA) now has 8 S and 36 SO in 27.2 IP. RH RP Louis Coleman (2.56 ERA) has done very well out of the bullpen. LH RP Lucas Luetge (4.55 ERA) was released.


AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Blue Wahoos have a 33 – 26 record and are 1st out of 5 in the Southern League South.

Southern League hitters are hitting .244/.323/.373/.696.

OF Tyler Goeddel, .301/.393/.462/.855, continues to play great since being demoted to AA. IF Alex Blandino, .245/.379/.419/.798, had a great May .261/.383/.477/.860) after a terrible April (.594 OPS). OF Brian O’Grady, .198/.338/.423/.762, continues to be very productive. 1B Eric Jagielo, .238/.351/.367/.718, is beginning to resemble the player we hoped for when included in the Chapman trade with a very strong month of May (.288/.415/.515/.930). Aristides Aquino, .219/.282/.408/.690, has turned it around big time in the month of May (.250/.314/.531/.846) as well. You have to wonder if they might want to start rethinking their All-Star team selection process given that all the players mentioned here have out hit the Blue Wahoos two position player selections, Guerrero (.660 OPS) and VanMeter (.634 OPS), who are both on the wrong side of league average.

Southern League pitchers have a 3.64 ERA.

RH SP Luis Castillo (3.00 ERA) may have been a better option than Deck McGuire (3.25 ERA) to join Tyler Mahle (1.66 ERA) on the All-Star team. RH SP Jose Lopez (4.22) has done all right since his promotion from A+ where he had a 2.84 ERA. RH RP Geoff Broussard (1.37 ERA), RH RP Domingo Tapia (2.86 ERA), and RH RP Alex Powers (2.93 ERA) have all been great compliments out of the bullpen to All-Stars Jimmy Herget (1.59 ERA) and Ariel Hernandez (2.48 ERA). RH RP Carlos Gonzalez tossed two shutout innings last night in his first appearance this season since being activated from a suspension for using a banned substance.


High A Daytona Tortugas

The Tortugas have a 31 – 25 record and are 2nd out of 6 in the Florida State League North.

Florida State League hitters are hitting .253/.322/.369/.690.

2B Shed Long (.906 OPS), 1B Gavin LaValley (.896 OPS), and 3B Nick Senzel (.833 OPS) were all great additions to the All-Star squad. C Chris Okey (.532 OPS) is a pretty questionable All-Star selection given that he’s the 3rd best hitting catcher on his own team behind Chad Tromp (.741 OPS) and Garrett Boulware (.592 OPS). SS Alfredo Rodriguez, .266/.307/.298/.606, put together a pretty good month of May (.333/.368/.387/.755) after a very slow start at the plate in April (.506 OPS).

Florida State League pitchers have a 3.60 ERA.

RH SP Wendolyn Bautista (2.63 ERA) has only allowed 31 H and 13 BB in 41 IP. RH SP Jonathon Crawford, (3.28 ERA), has more BB (33) than SO (24). RH SP Jesus Reyes (3.65 ERA) has 16 BB and 49 SO in 56.2 IP. RH SP Vladimir Gutierrez (4.44 ERA) has allowed 56 H and 9 BB with 65 SO over 52.2 IP. RH SP Mark Armstrong and RH SP Wyatt Strahan have both made a start coming back off of long DL stints. RH RP Zack Weiss (2.25 ERA) has made four appearances since coming back from a long stint on the DL also. RH RP Tanner Rainey is the lone Tortuga pitcher on the All-Star squad and his peripheral numbers (25.1 IP 12 H 11 BB 43 SO 4.26 ERA) belie his inflated ERA.


Low A Dayton Dragons

The Dragons have a 36 – 22 record and are 2nd out of 8 in the Midwest League Eastern.

Midwest League hitters are hitting .247/.322/.375/.697.

OF Taylor Trammell, .271/.364/.453/.818, has to be wondering how he’s not joining OF T.J. Friedl (.871 OPS) and C Tyler Stephenson (.731 OPS) on the All-Star team rather than OF Michael Beltre (.681 OPS). 1B James Vasquez, .242/.324/.414/.738, is having a solid season thus far.

Midwest League pitchers have a 3.87 ERA.

The Bats have placed three SP, LH Scott Moss (2.14 ERA), RH Tony Santillan (2.45 ERA), and LH Wennington Romero (3.51 ERA) on the All-Star team. LH RP Andy Cox (1.86 ERA) and RH RP Ryan Hendrix (2.86 ERA) make good cases to be deserving of joining RH RP Aaron Fossas (2.51 ERA) on the All-Star team as well.

3 Responses

  1. David

    This may be heresy, but I would like to see Shed Long promoted faster, and be the “2nd baseman of the future”. I think he may be two years away, maybe. In this case, I would keep Cozart where he is, and see about signing and extension with him NOW. Give Peraza time to develop into the player he might yet be.
    And yes, Tyler Mahle should be promoted to AAA soon, as should Ariel Hernandez, Jimmy Herget and Luis Castillo. I think that the in-season promotions will be waiting until after the amateur draft, and see how the Billings roster fills out. Promoting players will cause a ripple effect throughout the organization, and they will need players to fill vacated slots.

    • The Duke

      The MWL, FSL, and Southern League all star games are all coming up in the next 10-11 days, after those I think we may see a rash of promotions.

      • SunkenFan

        Blandino now has a wOBA .378, wRC+ 142 (both great) at AA and is leading the league in doubles…not to mention stellar defense (only 1 error all year at 2b).