A league-leading six St. Louis Cardinals prospects, all members of the Batavia Muckdogs, have been selected to participate in the 2008 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, the league announced Tuesday. They are pitchers Arquimedes Nieto and Adam Reifer, infielders Colt Sedbrook and Jermaine Curtis and outfielders Frederick Parejo and Shane Peterson.
Arquimedes Nieto, just 19 years of age, has the best ERA among league qualifiers at 1.42. The right-hander has a 5-0 record in his 11 NY-Penn appearances. He has fanned 36 and walked just 13 in 44.1 innings pitched and is holding league hitters to a .211 average.
The Panamanian has successfully
made the big jump from the Dominican Summer League, where he excelled last
season, to short-season ball here in the
Closer Adam Reifer, 22, leads the league in saves with 15. He has struck out 27 and walked 11 in 20 mound innings, limiting opposing batters to a .153 average.
Second baseman Colt Sedbrook is paying early dividends on the 22nd round pick the Cardinals spent on him in this June's First-Year Player Draft.
Third baseman Jermaine Curtis has made just two errors in 35 games at the hot corner since signing as the Cardinals fifth-round pick from UCLA. The right-handed hitting 21-year-old is batting .293 with a solid .373 on base percentage for the Muckdogs.
Centerfielder Frederick Parejo is the second teenager
in the Cardinals All-Star contingent. He turned 18 just last month. The
Parejo signed with the Cardinals
as a 16-year-old on August 10, 2006. Last season, he struggled in his first
professional action, challenged in the
Taken in the second round of this
June's draft, expectations are high for right fielder Shane Peterson and so far, he is doing
ok. The former
The fourth-ever game in the New
York-Penn All-Star Game series will be played on Tuesday, August 19 at Joseph L.
Bruno Stadium in
In 2007, the Muckdogs had only three NY-Penn League All-Stars in first baseman Andrew Brown and pitchers Jess Todd and Josh Dew. They were good choices however, as Todd has progressed all the way to Triple-A Memphis in the intervening year, while Brown and Dew are members of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.
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