The International League announced its All-Star Team today, and will send several highly ranked prospects to Tacoma to take on the PCL All-Stars on July 12. You can see the entire IL All-Star roster right here.
Charlotte (White Sox) infielder Yoan Moncada leads the way. He is currently ranked the No. 1 prospect in all of minor league baseball by MLB.com. Moncada is listed as the IL’s starting second baseman.
Durham’s Willy Adames is ranked the No. 1 prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system, and he’s set to start at shortstop.
I’m excited to get a look at Lehigh Valley catcher Jorge Alfaro, who has been on the prospect radar since he was 16 years old. He’s one of five Philadelphia Phillies prospects on the team, including bash brothers Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens.
Norfolk catcher Chance Sisco was named the Baltimore Orioles top prospect by Baseball America prior to the season.
Other highly ranked prospects include infielder Ozzie Albies of the Gwinnett Braves, outfielder Dustin Fowler of the Yankees, and Louisville outfielder Jesse Winker.
There are also a pair of ex-Rainiers on the IL team. Pitchers Andrew Kittredge (Durham) and Edgar Olmos (Pawtucket) will make their returns to Cheney Stadium on July 12.
Yesterday: Tacoma used a pair of fourth inning homers to snap a 2-2 tie and take a 6-2 lead over Las Vegas, and for the first time in the series there was no comeback and the Rainiers cruised to a 7-2 win on Wednesday night. Leonys Martin had three hits with a solo homer, and Boog Powell‘s three-run blast opened up the game.
Today: Las Vegas (30-49) at Tacoma (40-37), 7:05.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 7-3.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Ricky Knapp (3-9, 6.24) at RHP Christian Bergman (5-0, 3.21).
Hot Rainiers: Andrew Aplin has an eight-game hitting streak, and he is 14-for-40 with 11 RBI over his last 14 games… Boog Powell is 15-for-29 with two homers over his last seven games… Steven Baron is 8-for-12 over his last three games. He went 4-for-5 on Friday, and 3-for-4 Tuesday night… Dan Vogelbach has a six-game hitting streak.
Look Out For: Dominic Smith has a 15-game hitting streak, and he has hit safely in 22 of his last 23 with the only hitless game at Tacoma on June 11… Kevin Plawecki has an 11-game hitting streak, with three homers during the streak… after hitting .404 in April and .322 in May, top prospect Amed Rosario is batting just .231 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.
- The News Tribune has a story on the Rainiers All-Stars, focusing on reliever Jean Machi.
- Here’s the MiLB.com story on the International League All-Star Team.
- The MLB All-Star Futures Game rosters were announced today as well. Several players are in both the Futures Game on Sunday, July 9 and the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12. The only Mariners player in the Futures Game is Double-A reliever Thyago Vieira.
- The Mariners lost to the Phillies in the ninth inning yesterday, and have lost four in a row. Three takeaways from the game.
- The Mariners went from breakthrough to breakdown, Matt Calkins writes.
- John McGrath writes that the Mariners are tasting the cruel side of baseball.
PCL Game Reports:
- Just a few hours after Salt Lake’s Troy Scribner was named to the PCL All-Star Team, he delivered a gem in a 5-2 win over Reno. Scribner allowed one run over seven innings, striking out 11 for his league-leading ninth win. This result pulled Tacoma within seven games of first place.
- Fresno made it six straight wins with an 8-5 victory over Albuquerque, and the Grizzlies are tied in second place with Tacoma.
- The River Cats swarmed the Chihuahuas, 11-3, as Chris Shaw had three hits and three RBI.
- New Orleans picked up a 6-4 win at Iowa.
- Colorado Springs continued its hot play with a 4-1 win over Omaha, and the local paper has a feature on All Star first baseman Garrett Cooper.
- Nashville out-slugged Round Rock, 11-9, as All Star Renato Nunez blasted his PCL-leading 21st home run.
- Memphis All Star Luke Weaver tossed six shutout innings in a 7-2 win over Oklahoma City. Weaver is 7-1 with a 1.93 ERA.