|Rusin AAA all-star, 6 Smokies get AA nod|
by Mike Nester of NorthsidersReport.com, July 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm ET
Chris Rusin Profile
Iowa Cubs left-hander Chris Rusin and six Tennessee Smokies—SS Arismendy Alcantara, RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP Kyle Hendricks, C Rafael Lopez, OF Matt Szczur and 3B Christian Villanueva—were named to their league's all-star teams.
Rusin, 26, is 7-7 at Iowa with a 3.27 ERA in 17 games (16 starts). He leads the PCL with 110 IP and a 1.10 WHIP and is 2nd in BB/9 (.189) and base runners per nine (10.37). The AAA all-star game will be held July 17 at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada, as the Pacific Coast League takes on the International League..
The Smokies will be well represented on the North squad at the Southern League All-Star game on July 17 at Bragan Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
SS Arismendy Alacntara is having a breakout season as the 21-year-old has a career-high 11 HR and is hitting .277/.357/.473 in 80 games. He's third in the SL in total bases with 140. Fellow infielder 3B Christian Villanueva is hitting .248/.306/.450 with 9 HR and 40 RBI.
OF Matt Szczur is sixth in the SL in hitting with a .298 average and has 18 steals ans 30 BB hitting out of the leadoff spot most of the season with a OBP of .386. C Rafael Lopez is hitting .253/.349/.429 and the 25-year-old has 5 HR and 22 RBI.
Right-hander Kyle Hendricks, one of the best pitchers in the SL, is 8-2 with a 2.06 ERA in 96.1 IP with a 1.12 WHIP and is among the league-leaders in several categories. Alberto Cabrera leads the Smokies with 96 IP and is 7-3 with a 3.49 and a WHIP of 1.34. He leads the Southern League with 97 punchouts.