West All-Stars Get FSL Bragging Rights

Cincinnati Red prospect Drew Stubbs took home MVP honors in the Florida State League All-Star game on Saturday night, as the West All-Stars defeated the East All-Stars 9-3.

Hits were plentiful in the 47th annual FSL All Star Game which took place at Space Coast Stadium, home of the Brevard County Manatees, as the two teams pounded out a combined 23 hits.

Stubbs’ two-run homer in the second inning was the deciding blow in the 47th annual FSL All Star Game. The West opened up the scoring in the top of the first with two runs, including an RBI single off the bat of Blue Jay catching prospect J.P Arencibia. He went 2-for-3 on the day with a run scored.

The East would respond in the bottom of the frame scoring one run off Lakeland Flying Tiger righthander Rick Porcello, as Palm Beach Cardinal Tony Cruz’ sacrifice fly cut the lead in half.

After Stubbs home run, the East closed the lead to one with a two-run fourth inning, as both Logan Morrison and Tony Cruz scored on ground outs.  The West quickly responded with a run in the top of the fifth before striking for three more in the sixth. Daniel Valencia punctuated his 2-for-5 day with a two-run triple to begin the scoring in the sixth.

Tiger infield prospect Cale Iorg padded the West lead in the ninth with a solo home run down the left field line. Iorg’s Lakeland teammate Rick Porcello picked up the victory for the West team, despite giving up a run on two hits.

The FSL, known for its fine pitching prospects this year with Porcello and Tampa Bay Rays top pick David Price, didn’t offer many strong performances from its star pitchers on Saturday night. Left hander Ryan Morse of Vero Beach took the loss after giving up two earned runs in the opening frame.  Morse’s Vero Beach teammate Jeremy Hellickson was on the roster for the All-Star game, but was scratched from his start due to a blister that began to bother him earlier in the month.