Minor League All-Star Games 2014

Whether you’re a general prospect hound or a team-specific one, this page will be your landing spot for prospect goings-on from all nine minor league all-star games.

Florida State League
Northern Division 6, Southern Division 4
June 14 • Bradenton, Fla. • Box score

Synopsis: The Northern Division mounted a ninth-inning comeback, erasing a two-run deficit to win 6-4. Tampa teammates 3B Dante Bichette Jr. and RF Jake Cave (Yankees) set the table in the top of the ninth, reaching on a single and a walk, before RBI singles by Lakeland C Austin Green (Tigers) and Daytona SS Marco Hernandez (Cubs) tied the score at four apiece. Daytona 2B Gioskar Amaya (Cubs) then delivered a two-run double, the game-winner.

Game MVP: Fort Myers RF Adam Brett Walker (Twins) went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, an RBI and a run scored. He took home the MVP trophy despite playing for the losing side, though he did win the home run derby the day before and he did lead the FSL with 14 homers during the first half.

Prospect Notes: Charlotte 1B Patrick Leonard (Rays) went 3-for-5 with a run scored … St. Lucie SS/2B Dilson Herrera (Mets) led off and went 0-for-3, though he drew two walks and stole a base … Dunedin CF Dalton Pompey (Blue Jays) went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts but also hit the game’s only triple and scored a run … Lakeland RHP Jake Thompson (Tigers) worked around two hits by striking out the side in a scoreless second inning.


Southern League
Southern Division 6, Northern Division 4
June 17 • Chattanooga • Box score

Synopsis: The Southern Division cranked out six runs on 14 hits, in the process limiting Tennessee 3B Kris Bryant (Cubs) to a single in five trips to the plate, even inducing a strikeout and groundball double play from the top prospect in the league. Montgomery RF Taylor Motter (Rays) connected for a solo home run in the sixth that provided the South’s fifth and deciding run. The Northern Division made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring twice thanks to a two-run bomb by Chattanooga 1B O’Koyea Dickson (Dodgers) of the hometown nine. Mississippi RHP James Hoyt (Braves) then wriggled off the hook despite allowing two hits—including the Dickson homer—in two-thirds of an inning.

Game MVP: Montgomery RF Taylor Motter (Rays) went a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored and what turned out to be the game-winning RBI.

Prospect Notes: Montgomery 2B Ryan Brett (Rays) went 1-for-4, drew a walk and served as pivot man on a double play … Mississippi SS Elmer Reyes (Braves) knocked a double as part of a 1-for-5 day … The hometown fans saw a big game from Chattanooga LF Scott Schebler (Dodgers), who filled his box score line by going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, a walk, a strikeout, a run, an RBI and an outfield assist … Rising Mississippi RHP Williams Perez (Braves) started for the South and logged a scoreless first, allowing a hit and striking out a batter … A pair of Pensacola (Reds) righthanders were uncharacteristically hittable. Michael Lorenzen allowed two hits and a walk in a scoreless second inning (though he recorded the win) and Robert Stephenson let in one run on two hits in the fourth inning.


Carolina League-California League
California League 3, Carolina League 2
June 17 • Wilmington, Del. • Box score

Synopsis: Bakersfield LF Kyle Waldrop (Reds) did most of the damage in this one. He drove home all three Cal League runs, including a two-run homer to center off Wilmington RHP Christian Binford (Royals). That’s no small feat, considering Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium has surrendered just 18 home runs all season, including just 10 to visitors. The Carolina League made it interesting in the ninth inning after Carolina 3B Erik Gonzalez (Indians) and Wilmington C Cam Gallagher (Royals) scored consecutive singles off Inland Empire RHP Austin Adams (Angels). San Jose LHP Steven Okert (Giants) then entered and whiffed Winston-Salem DH Courtney Hawkins (White Sox) and Potomac 1B Shawn Pleffner (Nationals). The Cal League closer then induced a foul pop from Salem LF Kevin Heller (Red Sox) to end the game and secure everlasting victory for his side.

Game MVP: If you read the above paragraph, you know who won the MVP. That award, of course, went to Bakersfield LF Kyle Waldrop (Reds), who, in addition to his homer, also drove in Visalia 3B Brandon Drury (Diamondbacks) with a sharp single to left. Drury had doubled. The game also featured a top star award handed out to Lynchburg LF/CF Kyle Wren (Braves), who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases.

Prospect Notes: Modesto 2B Trevor Story (Rockies) went 1-for-2 after coming in as a replacement late in the game … Bakersfield RHP Ben Lively (Reds), who was promoted to Double-A Pensacola after the game, was up to 93 mph in his two innings with excellent command of his entire arsenal. He struck out a pair in two perfect innings … Lancaster LHP Josh Hader (Astros) touched 96 mph, and his combination of arm slot, handedness and velocity evoked images of White Sox ace Chris Sale … Visalia RHP Enrique Burgos (Diamondbacks) was the surprise of the evening, topping out at 98 mph in his inning and also touching 90 mph on his slider … Stockton C Bruce Maxwell (Athletics) recorded a pop time of 1.9 seconds on a throw to second base to gun down Myrtle Beach RF Chris Garia (Rangers).


Midwest League
Western Division 7, Eastern Division 0
June 17 • Comstock Park, Mich. • Box score

Synopsis: The Western Division relied on lucky No. 7 to secure victory, tallying seven runs and no-hitting the Eastern Division through seven innings in a 7-0 whitewash. The West punctuated its victory with a four-run sixth inning in which Beloit CF Boog Powell (Athletics) hit a two-run double and Burlington RF Chad Hinshaw (Angels) later hit a two-run homer to left field. Beloit RHP Kyle Finnegan (Athletics) earned the win after pitching a perfect first frame, though six relievers followed him with six hitless innings. In all, West pitchers struck out seven batters, walked two and allowed two hits.

Game MVP: Beloit CF Boog Powell (Athletics) led off the game and scored three runs, including one on a steal of home in the first inning for the game’s first tally. Though he went just 1-for-3, Powell walked twice, stole a couple bases and delivered a crucial two-run double that extended the West’s advantage to 5-0.

Prospect Notes: Peoria LF C.J. McElroy (Cardinals) walked twice and scored two runs, going 1-for-2 at the plate … Peoria SS Juan Herrera (Cardinals) also went 1-for-2 with a walk, scoring a run and turning a double play on defense … Clinton RHP Edwin Diaz (Mariners) kept the West’s no-hit bid alive in the fourth inning, striking out one and walking one … Pitching on his home-park mound, West Michigan RHP Jonathan Crawford (Tigers) got roughed up for a run on two walks and a hit … Dayton LHP Ismael Guillon (Reds) walked three of the six batters he faced and allowed a hit to another, letting in two runs in two-thirds of an inning.


South Atlantic League
Northern Division 4, Southern Division 4 (10 innings)
June 17 • Hickory, N.C. • Box score

Synopsis: After a rain-shortened, seven-inning game last year, the SAL all-stars played to a tie in 2014, the result of both teams running out of pitchers after the 10th inning. The Northern Division tied the score at two apiece in the bottom of the eighth inning to force extras, but neither side was done scoring. Lexington CF Dominique Taylor (Royals) drove in two runs in the top of the 10th to give the Southern Division all-stars the edge, but the North rallied again for two runs in the bottom of the inning. West Virginia C Reese McGuire (Pirates) hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Lakewood SS J.P. Crawford (Phillies), then Delmarva 1B Trey Mancini (Orioles) singled in Lakewood RF Samuel Hiciano (Phillies) to knot the score.

Game MVP: Perhaps the game’s only winner, Lexington CF Dominique Taylor (Royals) went home with a new recliner. The 2013 15th-rounder knew that he’d be coming into the game as a backup, so he was hoping to have one quality at-bat. Instead he finished the night 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. As the game’s star of stars, he collected the MVP trophy as well as a recliner, which he posed in at home plate. “I don’t know where my parents are going to put (the recliner),” Taylor said.

Prospect Notes: West Virginia C Reese McGuire (Pirates) went 1-for-1 with a triple, sacrifice fly and RBI … In a rough night for Lakewood SS J.P. Crawford (Phillies), he went 0-for-4 and struck out three times, including once with the bases loaded, and he committed an error when he tried and failed to barehand a groundball. But he did walk in the 10th and score a run … Asheville CF David Dahl (Rockies) led off the game with a double off a 95 mph fastball by Delmarva RHP Hunter Harvey (Orioles). Dahl also walked and scored a run, going 1-for-2 … Harvey pitched around the double by Dahl and a walk, escaping his inning with no runs allowed … Greensboro RHP Matt Milroy (Marlins) sat 93-94 mph with a biting slider in the second inning. He struck out two of the four batters he faced.


Texas League
Northern Division 3, Southern Division 1
June 24 • North Little Rock, Ark. • Box score

Synopsis: The Northern Division got a two-run homer from Springfield C Cody Stanley (Cardinals) in the fourth inning against Corpus Christi RHP Kyle Smith (Astros) en route to the victory. Springfield LHP Kyle Hald (Cardinals) pitched two innings for the victory, while Smith took the loss. The Southern Division had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Midland RF Josh Whitaker (Athletics) that drove in San Antonio CF Rymer Liriano (Padres), who singled. The North added its third and final run in the sixth on a wild pitch by Frisco RHP Alec Asher (Rangers).

Game MVP: Springfield C Cody Stanley (Cardinals) won the MVP for going 2-for-2 with his decisive home run. His efforts won him the Most Valuable Player belt, modeled after so many jewel-encrusted wrestling belts. “I’m going to wear this thing all night,” Stanley told the Arkansas News-Leader. “I figured I might as well work on my swing in the derby so that I’d have it down for the game. I guess it worked out.”

Prospect Notes: San Antonio CF Rymer Liriano (Padres) went 1-for-3 with a single, a stolen base and a run scored … Corpus Christi CF Delino DeShields (Astros) went hitless in one at-bat. … San Antonio C Austin Hedges (Padres), who started behind the plate, went 0-for-2 … Frisco RHP Luke Jackson (Rangers) got the start for the South and struck out two in a scoreless inning.


Eastern League
Western Division 5, Eastern Division 2
July 16 • Altoona, Pa. • Box score

Synopsis: Erie RF Steven Moya (Tigers) hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to lead the Western Division to victory. Moya’s homer came against New Hampshire RHP Dustin Antolin (Blue Jays). Altoona RHP Ryan Beckman (Pirates) got the win with one scoreless inning, giving up two hits and striking out two.

Game MVP: Erie RF Steven Moya (Tigers), the league’s leading home run hitter with 22, also participated in the Futures Game in Minneapolis over the weekend.

Prospect Notes: Portland SS Derrik Gibson (Red Sox), who hit just three home runs in the first half, homered in the third and later tripled … Bowie RHP Oliver Drake (Orioles), Harrisburg RHP Colin Bates (Nationals) and Altoona RHP Kenn Kasparek (Pirates) fanned two apiece in their respective innings … Trenton C Gary Sanchez (Yankees) struck out twice … Portland C Blake Swihart (Red Sox) went 0-for-2 … New Britain 1B Kennys Vargas (Twins), who participated in the Futures Game, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts … For the East, Akron SS Francisco Lindor (Indians), the system’s No. 1 prospect, walked and went 0-for-2 … Harrisburg CF Michael A. Taylor (Nationals) went 1-for-3 with an RBI … Bowie 1B Christian Walker (Orioles) went 2-for-2 with two singles.


Triple-A
International League 7, Pacific Coast League 3
July 16 • Durham N.C. • Box score

Synopsis: The International League got two sharp innings from Buffalo RHP Liam Hendriks (Blue Jays) and a two-run single from Durham DH Wilson Betemit (Rays) and two-run homer from Syracuse C Jhonatan Solano (Nationals) en route to a 7-3 win.

Game MVP: Buffalo RHP Liam Hendriks (Blue Jays) received top honors for the IL, while Tacoma SS Chris Taylor (Mariners), who had three hits, including two doubles, was the pick from the PCL.

Prospect Notes: Tacoma SS Chris Taylor (Mariners) went 3-for-3 with two hard-hit doubles … Iowa RHP Kyle Hendricks (Cubs), who made his major league debut on July 10, pitched a scoreless inning … Albuquerque RF Joc Pederson (Dodgers) lashed a long solo homer to right off Rochester RHP A.J. Achter (Twins) in the sixth to get the PCL on the board … Syracuse RF Steven Souza (Nationals), the IL’s leading hitter at .371, ripped an 0-2 fastball into right-center field for a double and an RBI, but he also struck out twice … Columbus 1B Jesus Aguilar (Indians) went the distance and was 0-for-4 with two whiffs … Durham LF Mikie Mahtook (Rays) went 0-for-4 but finished the game in center field … Durham LHP Mike Montgomery (Rays) pitched an impressive scoreless inning, bumping 93 mph and flashing an improved curveball … Gwinnett RHP Juan Jaime (Braves) electrified the crowd in the seventh when he sat 97-99 mph, blowing away two hitters in a scoreless inning.


Northwest League
North 0, South 0, 10 innings
Aug. 6 • Eugene, Ore. • Box score

Synopsis: The sides combined for nine hits, three errors and no runs in a 10-inning contest that ended in a tie. The North got close to scoring in the fourth when Spokane’s Seth Spivey (Rangers) singled and stole second. He reached third on Boise C Justin Marra‘s (Cubs) throwing error, but with two outs, Spokane’s Luke Tendler, who walked, tried to steal second. Marra threw to second to get Tendler, but Salem-Keizer’s Travious Relaford (Giants), playing second, grabbed the throw and threw back home to nab Spivey at the plate.

Game MVP: Spokane (Rangers) third basemen Jose Trevino, the only batter with more than one hit, had two doubles and was named top star.

Prospect Notes: Vancouver’s Jairo Labourt (Blue Jays) got the start for the North and pitched one inning with a strikeout … Hillsboro (Diamondbacks) lefty Zac Curtis, striking out 13.30/9, whiffed three in two shutout innings for the South squad; Righthander Nick Baker, Curtis’ teammate, started and pitched two perfect innings; Spokane (Rangers) righthander Richelson Pena, who has a nearly 4/1 strikeout/walk ratio, fanned all three batters swinging in the third. … Mark Zagunis, the Virginia Tech catcher who the Cubs picked in the third round in June, had a double in two at-bats.


New York-Penn League
North 1, South 1, 9 innings, tie
Aug. 19 • Brooklyn • Box score

Synopsis: The game ended in a 1-1 tie, the first deadlocked finish in the contest’s 10-year history. Tri-City 2B Nick Tanielu (Astros) drove in the run for the North, while Williamsport 2B Derek Campbell (Phillies) had a sacrifice fly for the South … From 2005-13 the NYP all-star game pitted the American versus the National league, but with the Astros now in the AL, there was a need for a new division of teams.

Game MVP: Tri-City 2B Nick Tanielu, the Astros’ 14th-round pick in June from Washington State, went 3-for-3 with an RBI single to win the game’s MVP honors.

Prospect Notes: Hudson Valley 1B Casey Gillaspie, the Rays’ first-round pick in June and the younger brother of Conor Gillaspie, drew a walk and struck out … Brooklyn RHP Marcos Molina (Mets) was sharp in his start for the South. He threw just 15 pitches, 10 for strikes, while striking out two. Molina leads the league with 73 strikeouts and is second in ERA (1.58) and WHIP (0.83) … Staten Island C Luis Torrens (Yankees) was the youngest player at the game (18 years, three months, 17 days). He had the only extra-base hit in the contest, a double in the South’s seventh inning. — Everett Merrill