Minor Standings – All-Star Edition

By: Lindsey Foltin

Class-AAA:

Columbus Clippers – 56-27, .675% (1st INT West Division)

Class-AA:

Akron Aeros – 41-41, .500% (4th  Eastern League West Division, 7 GB)

Class-A:

Kinston Indians – 45-34, .570% (1st Carolina Southern Division, tied with Myrtle Beach)

Lake County Captains – 33-45, .423% (7th MID Eastern Division, 11.5 GB)

Minor Notes:

Four Clippers Join Manager On All-Star Squad

Columbus Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh will be joined by four of his players for the International League All-Star game. Starting pitchers Zach McAllister and Jeanmar Gomez, along with infielders Jason Kipnis and Luis Valbuena have been selected for the IL All-Star team, the most from any team.

McAllister, who has been stellar for Columbus, has a record of 8-3 with an ERA of 2.97. He has 71 strikeouts and 21 walks in 97 innings pitched. Gomez (8-2), has also been lights out for the Clippers this season. In 79.2 innings pitched, he currently holds a 2.49 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 27 walks. Both players are currently being considered to take the spot of Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona, who was placed on the 15-day DL early Sunday with a strained quad. A call-up to the Major League team would make that pitcher unavailable to play in the IL All-Star game.

Both Kipnis and Valbuena have been outstanding offensively for the team this season. Valbuena, currently batting .318 with 12 homeruns and 54 RBI and Kipnis, batting .305 with 11 homeruns and 50 RBI have also both been mentioned in recent talks regarding a big league call-up.

Three Aeros With All-Star Nods

Akron will send three of their players to the Eastern League All-Star game.  Pitcher Austin Adams, shortstop Juan Diaz and catcher Chun Chen have all been selected to represent the Western Division in the mid-summer classic in Manchester, NH on July 13th.

Adams, who was drafted by the Indians in the 5th round of the 2009 Amateur Draft, currently holds a 5-3 record on the season. He has an ERA of 3.88 with 78 strikeouts and 38 walks in 72 innings pitched.

Diaz, was acquired by the club in 2010 along with Ezequiel Carrera from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Russell Branyan. He’s currently batting .249 with five homeruns and 37 RBI.

Chen, who was signed by the Indians as a minor league free agent in 2007, is batting .270 with eight homeruns and 37 RBI.

Pomeranz, Kipnis Named To Futures Game

Two of the club’s highest rated prospects, pitcher Drew Pomeranz and infielder Jason Kipnis have been named to the XM Satellite Radio Futures Game. The Futures Game is part of MLB’s All Star weekend, and showcases the top prospects in all of minor league baseball.

Pomeranz, who was the Indians first round draft pick (5th overall) in the 2010 Amateur Draft, has spent the first half of the season at Advanced Class-A Kinston. Although many of his starts have ended in no decision, Pomeranz is 2-2 with an ERA of 2.06. In 70 innings pitched, he’s struck out 88 and walked only 30.

Former Indians that have been selected to the Futures All-Star Game include Fausto Carmona, Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore, who was the game MVP in 2003.

Captains Boast Six All-Stars

The depth of the Indians farm system doesn’t stop at Triple-A or even Double-A. The Lake County Captains sent six players to the Midwest League All-Star Game that took place on June 21st. Pitchers Clayton Ehlert, Mike Goodnight and Mike Rayl were all selected along with infielder Argenis Martinez, catcher Alex Monsalve and Strongsville native, outfielder Anthony Gallas.

Follow Lindsey Foltin on Twitter @LindseyBaseball

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2 Comments

  1. looks like these minor league all starts are headed up to Cleveland….good job.

  2. Great info as always, Lindsey…..I wonder how close some of these All Stars are to the big league. It looks like a couple in Columbus will be up sooner than later….Great info!!


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