Indianapolis All Stars have been outstanding

This past week, three Indianapolis players were named to the 2012 International League All-Star team. Outfielder Starling Marte, infielder Jordy Mercer and starting pitcher Rudy Owens will play in an All-Star matchup against the Pacific Coast League team in Buffalo, New York on July 11.

Center fielder, Marte was one of the best Indians performers in the month of June as the team went 20-9. Marte totaled 39 hits, 25 runs, five triples and 28 RBI. He also finished the month by breaking a string of five straight two-hit games by going 3-for-4 in the win on Saturday.

Owens, who has totaled 16 starts for the tribe, has posted a 6-3 record with a 2.51 ERA. The southpaw said that he is pleased with his performance so far this season.

"Everything is coming along quite well," he said. "All my stuff is working for me. I just have to put in the work get better."

As a starting pitcher for the team, Owens said that it takes being consistent to be a leader on the team.

"So far, all the pitchers have been very consistent, which is a good reason why we're in first place," Owens said. "And same for our hitters; I mean, when our pitchers aren't coming through our hitters are, and we're still allowing ourselves to get wins. It's all good for the team and it's helping us win."

According to him, Owens does not feel any pressure when he is out on the mound. He said that the only kind of pressure that he feels is the pressure he puts on himself to strive for perfection. However, he said he knows that isn't going to happen, but he does have some improvements that he wants to make as the team looks into the second half of the season.

"I'd like to go deeper into games. It's kind of become a thing where I go six innings and then I'm done, but I'm not happy with that," Owens said. "That's just unacceptable for me [personally], especially now that the year's going well for me. I definitely want to get deeper ino the games and give up no runs. I think that's the main purpose for every pitcher but that's my goal. Those are my two goals I've got going right now."

As an upcoming pitcher for the All-Star game, Owens said that he is very proud of his accomplishments but still hopes to get the call from the big leagues.

"I'm not in the big leagues," he said. "That's pretty much it. I mean, being named the All-Star is great; I've worked hard this year and it's good to see it's paid off, but I'm much rather get a call [from the big leagues] before the All-Star game than have to pitch in it. I'm grateful though. I'm very grateful for what's happened, and this season has been great. We just have to keep the ball rolling."

After spending about a month with the Pittsburgh Pirates, making his major league debut, Mercer recently returned to the Indians staff on June 25. Although he was away for quite some time, Mercer still leads the team in batting average and on-base percentage. He also said that he is pleased with this performance so far this season.

"It's been good. I'm really pleased with the results," Mercer said. "I've just got to continue to work hard every day, continue to get better. So far I'm pleased."

After appearing in five games with the Pirates, Mercer said numerous times that the major league experience was something he'd never forget.

"It was awesome. Hopefully I'll go back soon," he said. "I learned a lot of things from the older players and just how to do some things different here and there and just watching the game. I learned a lot just being up there."

Mercer also said that the atmosphere was a lot different in Pittsburgh versus Indianapolis. According to him, he had butterflies in his stomach on the day he made his debut. He also said that it was surprising to him to receive the honor of being named to the All-Star team.

"It's a big honor," he said. "I didn't think I was even going to be in this since I was gone last month. It's pretty unique and pretty cool and it's going to be fun."

Mercer said that he can only continue to work hard and get better each and every day for the rest of the season. He also hopes to rejoin the big leagues at some point in the near future.

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