Being the worst team in the league usually doesn’t get you much recognition, but High-A Wilmington had one player chosen to represent the Blue Rocks in the upcoming Carolina League-California League All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore (June 21st).
That player is shortstop Humberto Arteaga, who is hitting a team-high .279 in 51 games. He has seen his batting average rise from .188 on May 12th to almost a hundred points higher less than a month later. Arteaga has also been playing stellar defense at shortstop, as he has not committed an error since May 14th.
I wrote about Arteaga’s offensive rise after the Blue Rocks last homestand. Now it’s only a matter of time as to when he earns that much deserved promotion to Double-A.
Managing Arteaga and his fellow Carolina League All-Stars is Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk. Remember, the Blue Rocks won the Northern Division championship last season with Myrtle Beach winning it all (the Pelicans have both the hitting coach and pitching coach on the staff).
Arteaga will be joined in Lake Elsinore with many names from the prospect lists representing the Carolina League. Some of those names include Lynchburg’s Bobby Bradley and Salem’s Yoan Moncada and Mauricio Dubon.