Tacoma’s Dan Vogelbach and Jean Machi were named Pacific Coast League All-Stars today, and they’ll represent the hometown club in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 12 at Cheney Stadium.
And while the field has not yet been set, don’t be surprised if Vogelbach also is named a contestant in the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday, July 10.
You can see the entire PCL All-Star Team right here. Keep in mind, there will be a few changes: inevitably, a player or two gets called up to the majors between now and July 12.
There are a number of young prospects on the PCL squad who are projected to have long major league careers. Among them are Las Vegas shortstop Amed Rosario, Omaha shortstop Raul Mondesi, Fresno outfielder Derek Fisher, Oklahoma City outfielder Alex Verdugo and second baseman Willie Calhoun, and Memphis catcher Carson Kelly. Touted Memphis pitching prospect Luke Weaver is on the squad as well.
And for one day only, we’ll allow you to cheer for the Reno Aces murderers row of Ildemaro Vargas, Oswaldo Arcia, and Christian Walker. They’re all on the squad – but no Ketel Marte; he got called up by the Diamondbacks today.
We’ll keep you posted on any changes to the roster. The International League announces its all-stars tomorrow.
Yesterday: Vegas turned the tables on Tacoma, picking up its own comeback win by scoring four runs in the eighth and the game-winner in the ninth. Amed Rosario tripled and scored on Dominic Smith‘s single to bring Las Vegas an 8-7 win.
Today: Las Vegas (30-48) at Tacoma (39-37), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 6-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Wilfredo Boscan (3-5, 4.58) at RHP Casey Lawrence (0-0, 5.74).
Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin is 13-for-36 with 11 RBI over his last 13 games… Boog Powell is 12-for-25 with a homer over his last six games… Steven Baron is 8-for-12 over his last three games. He went 4-for-5 on Friday, and 3-for-4 last night.
Look Out For: Dominic Smith has a 14-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 with the only hitless game at Tacoma on June 11… Kevin Plawecki has an 11-game hitting streak, with three homers during the streak… Matt Reynolds has homered three times in the last five games… after hitting .404 in April and .322 in May, top prospect Amed Rosario is batting just .230 in June.
Ex-Rainiers and Local Guys: Las Vegas doesn’t have any.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- Tacoma’s Tyler O’Neill is showing signs of improvement at the plate.
- The Mariners are back under .500 again after losing to the lowly Phillies on Tuesday, 8-2. Three takeaways from the game.
- Bad news for the Mariners: Drew Smyly‘s elbow requires “Tommy John’ surgery and he will not pitch this year – and maybe not next year, either.
- John McGrath writes that the Mariners should do everything they can to acquire Japanese star Shohei Otani.
- Larry Stone gives a thumbs up to the new biography of Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus.
PCL Game Reports:
- Salt Lake scored early and often in a 9-3 win over Reno. That keeps Tacoma eight games out of first place.
- Christian Villanueva nearly hit for the cycle in El Paso’s 5-2 win over Sacramento.
- A rehabilitating Charlie Morton helped Fresno knock off Albuquerque last night, 6-3.
- Colorado Springs was very rude to Omaha last night, scoring double-digit runs in both games of a doubleheader sweep. The Sky Sox won 14-6 and 10-2, scoring 24 runs on 28 hits while batting in just 12 innings.
- Iowa’s John Andreoli hit two doubles and a homer in a 7-6 win over New Orleans. Meanwhile it sounds like PCL All-Star catcher Victor Caratini is getting promoted to Chicago.
- Oklahoma City All-Star Willie Calhoun homered in a 3-2 win at Memphis.
- Round Rock’s Travis Snider had the game-winning hit in a 6-4 win at Nashville.