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All-Star Honors for 'Pigs, 'Claws Outfielders

Brian Bogusevic and Herlis Rodriguez took different paths to gaining a spot on the Postseason All-Star Teams for their respective leagues. Bogusevic started hot and pretty much stayed that way all season, while Rodriguez got off to a slow start and turned things on later.

Brian Bogusevic and Herlis Rodriguez are also at very different spots in their careers. At 31, Bogusevic has major league experience and is trying to get back to a major league roster. Rodriguez just turned 21 in June and is climbing the ladder in the Phillies organization.

Bogusevic is near the top of the International League this season in average (.297), hits (135), and on-base percentage (.363) for the IronPigs. The 2005 first round draft pick played for the Astros and Cubs before signing with the Phillies this past offseason. In his first-ever season in the International League, Bogusevic leads all outfielders with a .996 fielding percentage. His 12 homers are the most on the IronPigs. Bogusevic is the first outfielder from Lehigh Valley ever elected to the IL Postseason All-Star Team. 

Rodriguez is sixth in the South Atlantic League in hitting at .297 and leads the BlueClaws in home runs (10), stolen bases (15), and multi-hit games (35). He also leads the league with 19 outfield assists. 

He becomes the 14th BlueClaw (12th player) in franchise history to be named to the Post-Season All-Star Team. Willians Astudillo was named the league's All-Star DH last year and prior to 2014, the BlueClaws had not had a representative since LHP Jesse Biddle and DH Jim Murphy in 2011. (Two BlueClaws managers, Dusty Wathan in 2009 and Mark Parent in 2010, have also been named to the team.)

Rodriguez was hitting just .176 through Mother's Day, when he went 0-3 against his twin brother, Asheville lefty Helmis Rodriguez. Since then, however, he has posted the highest average in the SAL, hitting .321, with nine of his 10 home runs and 13 of his 15 stolen bases.


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