All-Stars GaloreThe 34-28 Bowling Green Hot Rods are currently in second place of the Midwest League's Eastern Division. The team recently set a franchise record when eight Hot Rods were named as Midwest League all-star selections. The eight selections for the Hot Rods is good enough for the most in the Midwest League. The Lansing Lugnuts have the second most with seven.
The starters for the all-star team from the Hot Rods include: 1B Jeff Malm, 3B Tyler Goeddel and OF Josh Sale. C Matt Rice and 2B Ryan Brett were named reserves even though they have been the hottest hitters for the Hot Rods this past week. Brett continues to be one of the best hitters in the Rays organization and was recently named the Rays Minor League Player of the Month for May after hitting .343 in May.
Pitchers selected to the team from Bowling Green are starters Jake Floethe and Felipe Rivero and reliever Jacob Partridge. Floethe threw seven shutout innings, June 8, in a 3-0 win against the eastern division league leaders Lansing Lugnuts, while Rivero leads the Rays system in ERA with a 2.12 mark. Floethe is third with a 2.94 ERA.
Todd Glaesmann was snubbed from the all-star team this year but has still posted great numbers at the plate this season. In the past week, since June 3, Glaesmann has been a stellar 9-25, good for a .360 batting average. In the past 10 games he has a .342 batting average with three home runs. Glaesmann is currently tied for first this season in home runs with fellow outfielder, Josh Sale. Glaesmann also leads the team in RBIs with 33 this season.
Brady Williams, Hot Rods manager, has noticed a lot from Glaesmann over the course of the past three weeks. Williams believes that when Glaesmann goes out and has fun he swings the bat much better.
"He's finally settled in," Williams said. "Started playing with more confidence."
Glaesmann spent the winter in Australia playing in the Australian Baseball League where he was able to play everyday in an atmosphere that presented less pressure.
"I think Australia definitely helped him out," Williams said. "It was good for him."
Matt Rice, the Hot Rods catcher, has been splitting time with Alejandro Segovia but this past week Rice really stood out at the plate. Since June 3 Rice has been 4-13 for a .308 AVG. Rice has shown a glimpse of power with three home runs on the season along with 18 runs batted in. He only has 19 strikeouts in his 121 at-bats this season. As for Rice's defense behind the plate, he has only two errors, four less than Segovia.
The Hot Rods sent down Charlie Cononie to Hudson Valley on June 4. He was sent down after a disappointing performance the night before where he struggled to find the strike zone. Stayton Thomas was promoted to Bowling Green from Hudson Valley the same day. He threw on a uniform and pitched that night allowing one walk and no hits in an inning of work.
Austin Nichols is the Bowling Green beat writer for Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @Nichols_HotRods.
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