Moore, Walker Post-Season All-Stars

West Tenn third baseman Scott Moore and outfielder Chris Walker were named to the 2006 Double-A Southern League Post-Season All-Star Team, the league announced Thursday.

The team was voted on by league managers, broadcasters and print media.

Moore is having his best month of the year, hitting .327 (32-for-98) through 27 games in August. He is batting .278 with a career-high 22 home runs in 129 games overall, and has 74 RBIs.

The 22-year-old turned heads over a month ago at the Southern League All-Star Game in Montgomery, Ala., going 3-for-4 with two home runs to earn game MVP honors.

Moore was a first-round draft pick by the Tigers in 2002 and was traded to the Cubs in the deal that sent Kyle Farnsworth to Detroit in 2005.

"It's an honor. I don't know what else to say. I think it's been a good year. You always try to improve, but there's still a long way to go for me to get to where I need to be," Moore said of the nomination and his season to date.

Obviously where Moore would like to be is Chicago. When Major League Rosters officially expand Friday, he could be one of the new arrivals in the Cubs' clubhouse some time next month. He went 4-for-13 in eight games with the big league team in Spring Training earlier this year.

"It's something that's crossed my mind," Moore said of a potential September call-up. "I don't know what's going to happen, but I'm going to finish out my five games here and whatever happens will happen. Hopefully everything will work out. It's not something I have control over."

The Jaxx are 29-36 in the second half of league play and will open their final series of the year Thursday night in Jackson against Chattanooga. West Tenn has lost eight consecutive games.

Spotlight: OF Chris Walker
Walker joined Chattanooga's Noochie Varner, Tennessee's Jerry Gil and Birmingham's Ricardo Nanita as outfielders to garner post-season league All-Star honors Thursday.
The 26-year-old Walker was also named to the league's Mid-Season All-Star team this year. A sixth-round draft pick by the Cubs in 2002, he is batting .290 with hits in nine consecutive games and 12 of his last 13 overall.

"This league is tough, and part of the best competition I've been around is here – Matt Kemp, Andy LaRoche, Juan Mateo, Carlos Marmol," Walker said.

"For me, it's a blessing to be an all-star. It shows that hard work and perseverance pays off and it's just another step on the way to Wrigley."

The Jaxx leadoff man has a Cubs minor league best 46 stolen bases in 66 attempts. He had stolen 60 bases in each of his past two seasons with Class-A Lansing (2004) and Daytona (2005) entering the year, batting .282 and .284, respectively.

"Ideally, I'd like to finish batting .300 with 50 stolen bases," Walker said. "I'm within striking distance, so we'll see what happens."

Once the season ends, Walker is scheduled to play Winter Ball in Venezuela for team Caribes.

In addition to Moore and Walker, second baseman Eric Patterson was given the award for "Best Hustler." Patterson, the Cubs' eighth-round pick from the 2004 draft, batted .263 in 121 games for West Tenn. The 23-year-old stole 38 bases in 50 attempts with the team and was likewise a mid-season All-Star. He was promoted to Triple-A Iowa earlier this month.

"Eric's a great teammate," said Moore. "He works hard every day and brings a lot to the table. He's just a good guy to have on the team."


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