A's MLN: All-Star News

The Kane County Cougars and the Midland Rockhounds received some good news on Tuesday, as a number of the Cougars and Rockhounds were honored as Midwest League Western Division All-Stars. In Midland, Dallas Braden continues his star season and in Salt Lake City, Sacramento outfielder Matt Watson hits like a super-star in a double-header. Find out the details in this edition of A's Minor League Notebook...

Kane County Well Represented In Midwest League All-Star Game

Five current and former Kane County Cougars were named to the Midwest League's Western Division All-Star team on Tuesday. Former Cougar relievers
Connor Robertson and Scot Drucker spent the first six weeks of the season dominating Midwest League hitters at the end of games. Both relievers were promoted to High-A Stockton, but their Midwest League accomplishments were not forgotten. Both players were named to the All-Star team on Tuesday, although obviously neither will be able to participate.

Three Cougar position players were also named to the squad and they will start the game, which will take place on June 21 at O'Brien Field in Peoria, IL. Outfielder Javier Herrera, catcher Raul Padron and third baseman Myron Leslie will all start in the game. Through Monday, Padron was hitting .317 with a 766 OPS. He will be the Western Division's starting designated hitter. Myron Leslie will be the Western Division's starting third baseman. Leslie has been the Cougars' best hitter this season, hitting .314 with a 855 OPS.

Outfielder Javier Herrera's season got off to a poor start when he was suspended for the first 15 games of the season for testing positive for steroids. Once the suspension was lifted, Herrera struggled out of the gate. However, over the past four weeks, he has been swinging well and the fortunes of his season have been looking up. In 34 games for the Cougars, Herrera has a 768 OPS and has a team-leading 11 stolen bases. He also had five hits in twelve at-bats, including a homer and a double, during a short stint at AAA-Sacramento.

Midland Well Represented In Texas League All-Star Game

The front-running Midland Rockhounds have been the best team in the Texas League's Western Division and that accomplishment is reflected in the make-up of the Western Division's All-Star roster. Five current Rockhounds and one former Rockhound were named to the West squad.

Starter Matt Lynch, catcher Jeremy Brown, second baseman Omar Quintanilla and outfielders Andre Ethier and Jason Perry will start in the game. First Baseman Brant Colamarino was also selected, but he has been promoted to AAA-Sacramento. Midland had the most All-Stars on the West squad.

Cougars Disabled List Grows

Despite the success of a few individual players, the Cougars have been relatively snake-bitten this season. A number of players have missed time due to injury or suspension, and, lately, that injury list has been growing. For the second straight day, the Cougars announced that a pitcher was being placed on the disabled list. The unfortunate pitcher on Tuesday was Keith Perez. Perez, a right-handed reliever, had worked in 21 games this season and had a 2-0 record with a 5.06 ERA. The Cougars also announced that pitcher Tomas Cabaniel would be joining the team from A-Stockton. Cabaniel has jumped around this season. He began the year at Kane County, was then demoted to extended spring training and then promoted to High-A Stockton. Cabaniel had a 12.06 ERA in three appearances for Stockton and has struggled most of the season.

Dallas Braden Sparkles Again For Midland

Dallas Braden's dream season continued on Tuesday, as he tossed a brilliant eight inning, shut-out performance. Dominant Midland closer Alex Santos worked a scoreless ninth inning and the Rockhounds had a nifty 1-0 win over Corpus Christi. In his eight innings of work, Braden had seven strikeouts and he allowed only four hits and two walks.

It was Braden's fourth win of the season and 10th of a season that has been split between Stockton and Midland. Santos picked up his sixth save of the season for Midland (his 13th of the year). He has whiffed 38 batters against only 6 walks in 29 innings this season.

First baseman Matt Allegra drove in the game's only run with a double in the 5th inning. Allegra has struggled much of the season, but he has begun to come to life over the past week.

Matt Watson Red-Hot

Outfielder Matt Watson had his second two-homer game in less than a week in the first game of a doubleheader. Watson cracked his seventh and eighth homer in the first game and went 3-4, but the River Cats still fell to Salt Lake by a score of 10-7. In the second game, Watson's sweet stroke continued, as he lined two singles in three at-bats. In the one at-bat that he failed to get a hit, Watson lined hard to second base. He is now hitting .344 on the season and he has 32 RBI on the year. Despite Watson's heroics, the River Cats were swept in the doubleheader, as they fell 6-1 in the second game. Catcher John Baker raised his batting average to .267 with a 2-3 effort in the second game.

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