On Monday, the Florida State League announced its selections for the 2015 All-Star Teams with two Palm Beach Cardinals among the 25 members of the South Division squad plus another who has been promoted. They are pitcher Alex Reyes, first baseman Luke Voit and third baseman Bruce Caldwell.
For the second year, players voted along with official scorers, managers and broadcasters. The 54th Florida State League All-Star Game will be played at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Saturday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Last year, the Cardinals had five players on the All-Star Team, but only three participated – pitcher Kyle Helisek and starters Breyvic Valera at second base and Charlie Tilson in the outfield. Catcher Casey Rasmus retired and outfielder Starlin Rodriguez had been promoted. Today, only Valera and Tilson remain in the organization, both at Springfield.
FSL All-Star Reyes, 20, has posted an impressive 2.17 ERA and leads the A-Advanced league in strikeouts with 69. In his 49 2/3 innings pitched over 10 starts, the right-hander has allowed 15 runs, 12 earned, on 39 hits. Reyes, The Cardinal Nation’s second-ranked prospect coming into the season, has averaged 12.62 strikeouts and 4.57 walks per nine innings pitched, with both numbers high.
Voit to All-Star DH
Voit, 24, was named as the All-Star designated hitter for the FSL South Division. Voit’s .267 batting average is tops among those who started the season in Palm Beach. Voit leads the team in RBI (24), is second in hits (50), and has drawn the most walks in the Palm Beach lineup (30), making his OBP a solid .367.
Caldwell Gone but not Forgotten
Caldwell, 23, was named to the FSL All-Star roster based on his 44 games played with Palm Beach. Prior to his promotion to Double-A Springfield on May 29, Caldwell batted .248, with 16 RBI on 41 hits.
Lyons Tops in Pacific Coast League
Memphis left-hander Tyler Lyons has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the June 1–7 period. Lyons went 2-0 with a league-leading 0.00 ERA in 13 innings while sporting a .136 average against (6-for-144) in a pair of starts last week against the Salt Lake Bees and Iowa Cubs.
The 27-year-old’s 13 strikeouts were second-most in the league, while his 0.54 WHIP ranked third in the circuit. This is his third Pitcher of the Week performance, the most in Redbirds’ history. Lyons was also honored for the weeks ending July 7, 2013 and August 3, 2014.
Lee Texas League’s Top Hurler Again
Springfield right-hander Thomas Lee is the Texas League’s Pitcher of the Week for the June 1–7 period. Last Tuesday, the right-hander tossed his first career complete game, giving up one run on four hits at home against Frisco. The 25-year-old went seven innings on Sunday against Midland, also giving up one run on four hits. Both runs scored were solo homers. Lee fanned nine and walked two in his 16 innings pitched.
Lee’s 2015 has been a tale of two seasons in one. Since posting a 9.00 ERA in his first five starts, Lee has a 1.95 ERA in his last six starts and is 5-3 with a 4.59 ERA overall. He also won the Texas League honors for the week ending May 10.
Ohlman Texas League Player of the Week
Springfield catcher Michael Ohlman is the Texas League’s Player of the Week for the June 1–7 period. The 24-year-old had a strong week, going 7-for-15, including a double, two home runs and eight driven in. The 40-man roster player joined the Cardinals from Baltimore in February after he was designated for assignment. Through 38 games in his first season in the St. Louis system, his line is .296/.360/.437.
Catcher Cody Stanley was placed on Memphis’ seven-day disabled list retroactive to June 7. The 26-year-old, who made his MLB debut in April, has struggled to a line of .210/.317/.286/.602 in his first 139 Pacific Coast League plate appearances over 41 contests.
Catcher Alberto Rosario was promoted to Memphis from Double-A Springfield to replace Stanley. The 28-year-old, signed as a free agent in December, was batting .224 (15-for-67) with one home run and four RBI in 20 Texas League games. Rosario threw out 28% (5-of-18) of attempting basestealers.
Gonzalez Pulled Up, Too
With Rosario moving up to Memphis, Springfield needed another catcher. The organization tapped Palm Beach’s Jose Gonzalez to step up. The 27-year-old, signed as a free agent by the Cardinals in January, was on and off the disabled list at Palm Beach, with a line of .190/.261/.214/.575 in 42 at-bats over 14 games.
With the aforementioned Ohlman also on the Double-A roster, Gonzalez may not see the field too often for Springfield.
Garcia Exits Disabled List
Right-hander Silfredo Garcia will be making his season debut after being activated off the disabled list of Palm Beach. The 23-year-old Venezuelan reached Palm Beach 12 months ago and posted a respectable 3.68 ERA in 17 Florida State League starts last season.
Acevedo Leaves for Washington
Though David Washington was sent down from Springfield to Palm Beach on Sunday, with the A-Advanced Cardinals having Monday off, they did not announce their corresponding move until Tuesday. Outfielder Jhohan Acevedo was returned to the State College roster after going 0-for-6 including two strikeouts in his two games with Palm Beach.
Also note that Palm Beach is listing Washington as an outfielder.
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