Sillman Named 2006 Topps Class-A All-Star

The Topps Company of New York in conjunction Minor League Baseball announced its 2006 Topps Class-A All-Star Team Tuesday. Named as the All-Star Relief Pitcher was Palm Beach Cardinals and former Quad Cities closer, Mike Sillman.

Mike Sillman, 24, of Omaha, Neb., was drafted in the 21st round by St. Louis out of the University of Nebraska. After leading the team in saves his senior year, the former Cornhusker spent a short time in New Jersey before being promoted to Johnson City.

In 2005, Sillman played his first season of Class-A ball at Quad Cities and racked up an impressive 8-2 record while recording a team-high 22 saves (3rd in the Midwest League) and a 2.74 ERA throughout his 56 games and participated in the 2005 Midwest League All-Star Game.

Sillman spent this season playing High-A ball for the Palm Beach Cardinals where he again led the team and was second in all of Minor League Baseball with 35 saves in 57 games. Sillman also led his team with a 1.10 ERA and recorded 13.50 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, ranking him second in Class-A.

Sillman had a strike out-to-walk ratio of better than 4 to 1, striking out 86 while walking just 20. His home ERA was a microscopic 0.56 in 30 games. He was the only member of the Palm Beach Cardinals to be named to the Florida State League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star team.

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