It is the time of the year that many Minor Leaguers love. When their manager calls them into the office to let them know that they will play in the league All-Star Game. And for several prospects from the teams that many of us follow (Yankees, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies) will be playing in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
The Phillies Class AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, will host the Triple-A All-Star Game. Players appearing in that game will include..
C Jesus Montero (Yankees)… Still just 20 years old, Montero is the “the future” of that position for the Yankees once Jorge Posada retires. He has just a .250 BA for Scranton-Wilkes Barre so far this season with 6 HR and 32 RBI. After a slow start to the season, Montero started to heat up in June with a .283 BA. Montero is in line to play a full season, which is the most important thing for him right now after missed about 40 games last year due to injury.
SS Eduardo Nunez (Yankees)…Nunez has rounded into form both from a physical standpoint and his play on the field the last two years. This year for Scranton, he is batting .309 with 3 HR, 38 RBI and 15 SB after a strong season in 2009 at Trenton (.322, 9 HR, 55 RBI). One of the stats that stands out for Nunez is his left/right hitting. He has a .308 BA against righthanders and .312 against lefties.
P Scott Mathieson (Phillies)…The one-time starter has become one of the best closers in the Minors now after missing the better part of 2 1/2 years due to TWO Tommy John surgeries. Mathieson, in 30 games, is 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA and, most importantly, has recorded 14 saves.
RP Jonathan Albaladejo (Yankees)… Is also another closer that has recovered from an arm injury to have great success this year. But Albaladejo’s road was a bit different. Now 27 years old, he was drafted by Pittsburgh, released and then signed by Washington and then acquired in a trade by the Yankees.. He missed most of the 2008 season with a stress fracture in his pitching elbow. But the 2010 season has seen him dominate the Triple-A level (2-1, 1.17 ERA, 24 SV). Right-handed hitters are batting just .106 against him. But Albaladejo is doing it with runners on base (.098 opp BA) and in scoring position (.103 opp BA).
OF Bubba Bell (Red Sox)… Is putting up strong numbers at Pawtucket after spending all or parts of the last three years at Double-A. While that isn’t great for his career goals, Bell has a .305 BA in his first taste at Triple-A. he had a strong month of June with a .348 BA, but it seems like he doesn’t project more than a reserve outfielder with on 4 HR and 5 SB this season. Bell did show power earlier in his career with 22 HR and Class A Lancaster in 2007, but that ballpark plays like a wind tunnel. He also hit 13 HR in Double-A in 2008 at hitter-friendly Hadlock Field in Portland, ME.
Also congrats to INF’s Andy Tracy and Cody Ransom of Lehigh Valley for being named starters. They are two guys who are career Minor Leaguers that have done a good job for the Phillies Triple-A team. Ransom was actually the Opening Day 3B for the Yankees in 2009 due to A-Rod’s hip injury and has 16 HR and 51 RBI for Lehigh Valley this year. And the 37-year old Tracy has been a solid performer with the Iron Pigs for three seasons. The Mets organization placed LHP Pat Misch on the team.
Congratulations to all.
We will look at the Eastern League prospects tomorrow.