TigsTown MLN: The Rest of the All Star Games

The Tigers aren't the only ones that are on break for All Star festivities, as both Double-A and Triple-A ball are on break as well for their respective All Star games. The Tigers only have one representative in Detroit for the big league game, but are well represented in the minor league games, which take place on Wednesday. Plus, a pair of youngsters get promoted.

The Erie SeaWolves had four players named to the South division's All Star team in the Eastern League, but just three will be in uniform, and it's possible not even all three will play.

Don Kelly was named to the team after his impressive first half to the year, but due to an injury to Jack Hannahan, he was promoted up to Toledo (which was also likely a much needed challenge for Kelly), making him ineligible for the All Star game. Kelly was hitting .345/.408/.524 prior to the promotion, and while he's off to a slow start with Toledo (.233/.267/.326) the challenge should be good for him.

As for the remaining three – starter Joel Zumaya, reliever Edwin Almonte and catcher Maxim St. Pierre – it's hard to say who will see action. St. Pierre will certainly play a portion of the game as the South division's starter behind the plate, his second nomination (though likely based largely on his fun name as opposed to his talent).

Almonte could very well get into the game in the later innings as he leads the Eastern League with 26 saves.

Zumaya though is a question mark. Having just pitched in the Futures Game in Detroit, the Tigers may prefer to have him rest and focus on the second half of the season rather than get geared up to pitch another inning or two. However, it's likely that he'll want to pitch on the biggest stage of the League's season, and so they might allow him to do so as a reward for such a great first half in which he's sported a 2.77 ERA while leading the Eastern League (and being second in all of minor league baseball) in strikeouts with 143.

The Triple-A All Star game is a bit different than Double-A, as it matches the Pacific Coast League All Stars against the International League All Stars, the only game besides the big league All Star game to match up players from all 30 organizations.

The Mud Hens had a pair of players chosen for the squad; reliever Vic Darensbourg and starter Sean Douglass. But just like Kelly, Douglass' promotion to Detroit will keep him from appearing in Sacramento for the All Star game. With Douglass unable to attend, that leaves Darensbourg as the organization's lone representative, but you can still possibly catch him in action as the game will be broadcast Wednesday night on ESPN2.

And a couple transactions to note; Clete Thomas looks to have been promoted to West Michigan after impressing everyone with his abilities in Oneonta. The ‘Caps have struggled to get production out of their outfield all season long, and Thomas will hope to help give the offense a boost.

The other promotion comes out of Lakeland, where the Tigers have promoted reliever Eulogio DeLa Cruz to Erie. DeLa Cruz, who had been starting for a couple months earlier this season, has since returned to the bullpen and will likely fill one of the end of game roles in the SeaWolves' bullpen. DeLa Cruz had been used in the rotation mostly to force him to throw off speed, already has a devastating fastball which has reportedly hit triple digits in recent weeks.

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