Four Blue Rocks named to Carolina League All-Star team

The current first place Wilmington Blue Rocks had four players named to the Carolina League All-Star team that will face the California League on June 23rd at Rancho Cucamonga. The Blue Rocks and second place Frederick were tied with the most players selected.

CL ASGNot surprising, three of those players come from the Blue Rocks starting rotation. The Blue Rocks own the Carolina League’s best ERA at 2.97 (the only team with an ERA under 3.00).

Lefty Cody Reed was part of a piggy back combination with Luke Farrell when the season started, but has more than held his own since Farrell’s promotion to Double-A. With Adam Plutko of Lynchburg’s promotion to Double-A, I would expect Reed to get the start in the All-Star Game.

Reed’s ERA is second in the league at 1.29 (to Plutko). He is third in strikeouts with 56, fourth in batting average against, and fifth in WHIP (1.06). Left-handed hitters are hitting just .167 against him.

Alec Mills ranks second in the CL in strikeouts with 64 (in 60.2 innings). His 2.97 ERA ranks him seventh. He has thrown at least five innings in eight straight starts. It is a big honor for the right-hander who returned last summer from Tommy John surgery.

Eric Skolgund is tied for the league lead in innings pitched at 67.2 and has been a workhorse all season long for the Blue Rocks (his last five starts have been at least six innings). His ERA of 3.06 ranks him eighth in the CL, while he ranks seventh in strikeouts with 47.

The lone Blue Rocks position player is infielder Ramon Torres, who has mainly played second base this season. Torres leads the team in hitting at .281 and is fourth in the CL in hits with 62.

 

*I thought the one snub was first baseman Frank Schwindel, who leads the CL in doubles with 21 and is hitting .280.

 

Here is the complete list of CL All-Stars (notice Kyle Zimmer’s younger brother Bradley is on the team, as he leads the league in hitting):

PITCHERS    

James, Dykstra, Winston-Salem Dash

Matt Heidenreich, Winston-Salem Dash

Mitch Horacek, Frederick Keys

Jonathan Martinez, Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Alec Mills, Wilmington Blue Rocks

Nick Pivetta, Potomac Nationals

Cody Reed, Wilmington Blue Rocks

Eric Skoglund, Wilmington Blue Rocks

Duane Underwood Jr., Myrtle Beach Pelicans

 

CATCHERS

Spencer Kieboom, Potomac Nationals

Omar Narvaez, Winston-Salem Dash

 

INFIELDERS:

1B Sam Travis, Salem Red Sox

2B Ramon Torres, Wilmington Blue Rocks

SS Johan Camargo, Carolina Mudcats

3B Trey Michalczewski, Winston-Salem Dash

UTL Drew Dosch, Frederick Keys

Jeff Kemp, Frederick Keys

 

OUTFIELDERS

Luigi Rodriguez, Lynchburg Hillcats

Mark Zagunis, Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Bradley Zimmer, Lynchburg Hillcats

UTL Tucker Nathans, Frederick Keys

 

DH

Nellie Rodriguez, Lynchburg Hillcats

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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