EL All-Star Team includes three R-Phils

The Reading Phillies would appear to be in good shape to make the postseason in the Eastern League. In no small part, that's thanks to Darin Ruf, Cesar Hernandez and Tommy Joseph, who have all contributed during the 2012 season.

Three members of the Reading Phillies roster will also be on the 2012 Eastern League All-Star Team roster. First baseman Darin Ruf, catcher Tommy Joseph and second baseman Cesar Hernandez were all selected to the team for the first time in each of their careers.

The selections mark the first time since 2009 that the Reading Phillies have placed three or more players on the postseason team. Three years ago, it was Quintin Berry, Joe Savery, Neil Sellers and Michael Taylor who were all named to the team.

Among the three, Ruf is the only player who has been with Reading since opening day. The 26-year old is hitting .317 with 36 home runs, 96 RBI, and 90 runs scored this season. Ruf's 36 home runs leaves him just one shy of the franchise record of 37 set in 2004 by Ryan Howard. Ruf is also the first Reading Phillies player to record 30 doubles - he's currently got 31 - and 30 home runs in the same season.

Ruf has also set the franchise record with 288 total bases, surpassing Greg Luzinski's record of 287.

Tommy Joseph came to the R-Phils when the big league club dealt Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants, getting the 21-year old catcher as part of the package of players from the Giants. The former Richmond Flying Squirrels catcher is hitting a combined .250 this season with nine home runs, 43 RBI, and 39 runs scored to go along with 21 doubles between Richmond and reading. Defensively, Joseph has caught 41.6% (20-for-48) of all attempted base runners stealing.

Earlier this season, Joseph was the starting catcher for the U.S. Team at the MLB Futures Game and was also the starting catcher for the Western Division squad in the 2012 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez batted .304 (125-for-411) with 26 doubles and 11 triples over 103 games before being promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on August 1st. The Venezuelan native also had 51 RBI, 50 runs scored, two home runs and a team-high 16 stolen bases during his stay in Reading.

Coming into the 2012 campaign, Hernandez was named the 14th-best prospect in the Phillies organization according to Baseball America. The publication also named the 22-year old the "Best Defensive Second Baseman" in the Eastern League. Hernandez lived up to the hype while in Reading and was chosen to represent the Reading Phillies as the starting second baseman in the 2012 Eastern League All-Star Game.

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