Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Picking an all-Rays All-Star team

With the major league All-Star Game tonight, here's a stab at a minor league Rays-only All-Star team.

Durham's Vince Belnome and Matt Buschmann would be the team's headliners.

Buschmann is in contention for an organizational pitching Triple Crown. He's tied with Bulls teammate J.D. Martin, also an all-Rays All-Star, with 11 wins, has a sizeable lead with 114 strikeouts and is third among full-season pitchers in ERA.

Belnome has the best average in the organization and is second in RBIs. He's tied for third in runs scored.

The Bulls and Bowling Green Hot Rods each had seven players on the list. The Biscuits and Charlotte Stone Crabs have three each. (And, yes, Taylor Guerrieri didn't make this list.)

I limited it to just the players currently in the minors (hence, no Wil Myers) and used the categories that are on the Southern League All-Star ballot. (No, I can't explain the difference between an outfielder and a "utility outfielder.")

C: Luke Maile, BWG
C: Curt Casali, CHA
1B: Jeff Malm, CHA
2B: Tommy Coyle, BWG
3B: Cole Figueroa, DUR
SS: Leonardo Reginatto, BWG
OF: Leslie Anderson, DUR
OF: Andrew Toles, BWG
OF: Kevin Kiermaier, MGM
OF: Joey Rickard, BWG
DH: Cameron Seitzer, MGM
Utility IF: Vince Belnome, DUR
Utility OF: Willie Argo, CHA

Starter: Matt Buschmann, DURStarter: J.D. Martin, DUR
P: Jeff Ames, BWG
P: Dylan Floro, BWG
P: Enny Romero, MGM
Reliever: C.J. Riefenhauser, DUR
Closer: Josh Lueke, DUR

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