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.
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):
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
Spencer Kieboom, Potomac Nationals
Omar Narvaez, Winston-Salem Dash
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
Luigi Rodriguez, Lynchburg Hillcats
Mark Zagunis, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Bradley Zimmer, Lynchburg Hillcats
UTL Tucker Nathans, Frederick Keys
Nellie Rodriguez, Lynchburg Hillcats