Prospect Notebook: New-York Penn All-Star & Kris Bryant Highlights

New York-Penn League All-Star Game

American League 4, National League 3
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Norwich, Conn. (Tigers)

The AL overcame a one-run deficit in the ninth inning to win in walk-off fashion. Vermont first baseman Ryan Huck (Athletics, 27th round, 2013) led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run to tie the score at three apiece. The next two AL batters also reached—Connecticut right fielder Ben Verlander (Tigers, 14th round, 2013) by single, Mahoning Valley second baseman Claudio Bautista (Indians, Dominican Republic, 2011) on an error—then moved up a base via wild pitch, giving the hosts baserunners on second and third with none out in a tie game.

As it turned out, the AL managed to plate the winning run without hitting the ball out of the infield. The next batter, Staten Island DH Bubba Jones (Yankees, seventh round, 2011), grounded to drawn-in NL third baseman Zach Green, who threw out Verlander at the plate on a 5-2 putout, though Batista advanced to third and Jones reached on the fielder’s choice. Hudson Valley catcher Oscar Hernandez (Rays, Venezuela, 2009) followed with a groundball deep in the shortstop hole that the NL failed to convert into what would have been a game-ending double play. Batista scored the winning run as Hernandez reached first base safely on the fielder’s choice.

In other NYP all-star game prospect news . . .

NL second basemen. Batavia’s Avery Romero (Marlins, third round, 2012) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout, while his replacement, Brooklyn’s L.J. Mazzilli (Mets, fourth round, 2013) reached on an error in the eighth and then scored the game-tying run, making it 2-2, on three successive wild pitches.

Harold Ramirez, lf, Pirates. He hit .308 for Jamestown in the first half and ranked among the NYP leaders for RBIs, stolen bases, hits and runs scored, though in this game he went 0-for-3, scoring a run via an eighth-inning walk.

Eric Jagielo, 3b, Yankees. The first-rounder this year from Notre Dame went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a run scored.

Michael Feliz, rhp, Astros. The first-half leader in the ERA race (1.39), Feliz struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect fourth inning for the NL.

Elsewhere in the minors . . .

Kris Bryant, 3b, Cubs. Making his debut for high Class A Daytona, Bryant connected for a solo home run (his fifth as a pro) in a 1-for-3 day that also included a strikeout. The second pick in this year’s draft required seven games in the Arizona League followed by 18 in the short-season Northwest League before being deemed ready for the Florida State League. Since Aug. 1, Bryant is batting .485 (16-for-33) with nine extra-base hits and five walks in 10 games.

D.J. Peterson, 3b, Mariners. Like Bryant a first-round college third baseman, Peterson has been arguably the hottest hitter at low Class A this month, batting .378 (17-for-45) with four homers and two doubles in 11 games for Clinton.

Addison Russell, ss, Athletics. Following a 2-for-6 performance yesterday that included a grand slam, Russell now is hitting .317/.411/.592 with seven homers in 36 games for high Class A Stockton since the California League all-star break. The 2012 first-rounder added more than 200 points to his OPS from the first half, climbing from .799 to 1.002.