Hudson Valley Notebook: Renegade All-stars

The Hudson Valley Renegades continued their tear through the New York-Penn League this week, improving their record to 40-20 with a 5-1 week following the All-Star break to hold a three-game lead over the Brooklyn Cyclones. This week's notebook examines the Renegades that took advantage to showcase their skills at the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, Saturday's Futures at Fenway game and more.

Renegade All-Stars

Hudson Valley sent six players to the All-Star Game in Mahoning Valley on Tuesday, the most of any American League farm club. Despite the American League falling to the National League 9-1, several Renegades made impressive contributions.

Three position players went to the game from Hudson Valley. Tommy Coyle got the start at second base and led off for the American league, going 1-for-2 with a triple. Joey Rickard got the start in right field and went hitless in his lone at bat.

Jose Molina, the Renegades' strongest reliever this year, didn't give up a hit and recorded two strikeouts in the seventh inning. 19-year-old right-hander Taylor Guerrieri, selected by the Rays at 24th overall in the 2011 draft, struck out two in the following inning and surrendered a solo home run. Jeff Ames, also picked by the Rays in the 2011 draft, also gave up a run in one inning in the game.

Showcase at Fenway

As if the All-Star game wasn't enough, the Renegades got another opportunity for a chance to show off their talents. Hudson Valley took on the Lowell Spinners at Fenway Park on Saturday as a part of the "Futures at Fenway." Guerrieri got the start for the Renegades and gave up two runs on four hits in three innings and now has an ERA of 1.22. Jeff Ames was the winning pitcher in the game, going three more innings and just surrendering one hit.

But it was catcher Jake DePew who took full advantage of his chance to play at Fenway Park. DePew, a .214 hitter, went 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. The 21-year old catcher out of Granite City, Illinois also had two hits in each of the preceding games. He hit a homerun over the famous Green Monster as well as a double in the "Futures at Fenway game," an experience neither DePew nor the rest of the will forget for a long time.

Rickard stays hot

While seemingly all other players that started the season with high batting averages have settled down, Joey Rickard has not slowed down at all. The College World Series champion of two months ago with Arizona has a batting average over 30 points higher than the rest of the Renegades at .310. Rickard hit his second homerun of the season on Monday, doubling his total from his season at Arizona. The Las Vegas, Nevada native also has had three multi-hit games in the last five and has shown a good eye, drawing 10 walks in 33 games so far.

Other notes

Sean Bierman went a season-long seven innings in Sunday's win at Lowell, giving up one run on three hits… The Renegades will next host six straight home games with series against the Connecticut Tigers and Aberdeen IronBirds.

Eric Vander Voort is the Hudson Valley beat writer for Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @ecvandervoort.


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