Triple-A All-Star Game
International League vs. Pacific Coast League
When: July 17
Where: Reno, Nev.
Pacific Coast League
C—Rene Rivera, Tuscon (Padres). 1B—Brock Peterson, Memphis (Cardinals). 2B—Wilmer Flores, Las Vegas (Mets). 3B—Matt Davidson, Reno (Diamondbacks). SS—Chris Owings, Reno (Diamondbacks). OF—Joey Butler, Round Rock (Rangers); Nick Buss, Albuquerque (Dodgers); and Michael Choice, Sacramento (Athletics). DH—Brett Pill, Fresno (Giants).
SP—RHP Sonny Gray, Sacramento (Athletics); and RHP Jared Cosart, Oklahoma City (Astros). RP—RHP Chris Hatcher, New Orleans (Marlins); and RHP Rob Wooten, Nashville (Brewers).
C—Johnny Monell, Fresno (Giants); and Tuffy Gosewisch, Reno (Arizona); 1B—Efren Navarro, Salt Lake (Angels). 2B—Grant Green, Sacramento (Athletics); and Yangervis Solarte, Round Rock (Rangers). SS—Dean Anna, Tucson (Padres). 3B—Ryan Wheeler, Colorado Springs (Rockies). OF—Roger Kieschnick, Fresno (Giants); and Carlos Peguero, Tacoma (Mariners).
RHP—Michael Wacha, Memphis (Cardinals); Louis Coleman, Omaha (Royals); Cory Burns, Round Rock (Rangers); and Jason Stoffel, Oklahoma City (Astros). LHP—Brad Mills, Round Rock (Rangers); Chris Rusin, Iowa (Cubs); Brian Moran, Tacoma (Mariners); and Colt Hynes, Tucson (Padres).
Prospects To Watch
The PCL roster features a star-studded starting infield that has combined for 46 home runs this season. Second baseman Wilmer Flores, signed by the Mets out of Venezuela in 2007, has built on a breakout 2012 season in which he reached career highs in home runs (18) and OPS (.827). Ranked as New York’s No. 6 prospect heading into 2013, the former shortstop hasn’t disappointed with the bat, hitting .310/.349/.508 with 10 homers for Las Vegas. A pair of Diamondbacks top prospects, third baseman Matt Davidson and shortstop Chris Owings, make up the left side of the infield. With Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson earning a promotion to Colorado, Owings sits atop the PCL in average, hitting .356/.374/.486 overall. He’s still not walking at a high rate, but he’s certainly been making contact. Meanwhile, Davidson—Arizona’s No. 5 prospect—has hit .288/.344/.474 on the year.
The Athletics organization is also heavily represented on the PCL roster, with No. 2 prospect Michael Choice (.286/.385/.434) grabbing a starting outfield nod, second baseman Grant Green (.322/.377/.508) earning a reserve role and highly touted righthander Sonny Gray (7-5, 3.02) taking the mound as the league’s starter. He’s joined on the pitching staff by hard-throwing righthanders Jared Cosart of the Astros and Michael Wacha of the Cardinals. —Michael Lananna
C—Josh Phegley, Charlotte (White Sox). 1B—Chris Colabello, Rochester (Twins). 2B—Jim Negrych, Buffalo (Blue Jays). 3B—Vince Belnome, Durham (Rays). SS—Josh Harrison, Indianapolis (Pirates). OF—Nick Castellanos, Toledo (Tigers); Billy Hamilton, Louisville (Reds); and Joey Terdoslavich, Gwinnett (Braves). DH—Mauro Gomez, Buffalo (Blue Jays).
SP—RHP J.D. Martin, Durham (Rays); and RHP Greg Reynolds, Louisville (Reds). RP—RHP Jairo Asencio, Norfolk (Orioles); and RHP Preston Guilmet, Columbus (Indians).
C—Tony Sanchez, Indianapolis (Pirates); and Omir Santos, Columbus (Indians). 1B—Jordan Lennerton, Toledo (Tigers); and Ernesto Mejia, Gwinnett (Braves). 3B—Cody Asche, Lehigh Valley (Phillies). SS—Zach Walters, Syracuse (Nationals). OF—Thomas Neal, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees); and Jason Pridie, Norfolk (Orioles).
RHP—Vic Black, Indianapolis (Pirates); Chris Bootcheck, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees); Anthony Carter, Pawtucket (Red Sox); Rubby De La Rosa, Pawtucket (Red Sox); and Kirby Yates, Durham (Rays). LHP—Andrew Albers, Rochester (Twins); Kris Johnson, Indianapolis (Pirates); and David Purcey, Charlotte (White Sox).
Prospects To Watch
The IL squad will be led by a combination of premium speed (Reds CF Billy Hamilton) and a premium bat (Tigers LF Nick Castellanos). Each was rated as his organization’s top prospect at the start of the season and both have performed to expectations: Hamilton is leading the league with 49 stolen bases—20 more than his closest competitor—and Castellanos is hitting .296 with a .374 on-base percentage. Chris Colabello has had an excellent season at the plate, leading the league with a .360 average and 1.085 OPS.
The Pirates’ Vic Black has a fastball that has been clocked in excess of 100 mph and was rated the Pirates’ No. 16 prospect. —Ian Frazer