June 5, 2009

Florida State League All-Stars

The Florida State League announced their All-Star rosters yesterday. The Fort Myers Miracle currently are in first place of the FSL South division, so it's no surprise that seven Miracle players made the roster, tied for the most of any team (most in the South).

Ben Revere obviously made the team. The Twins first round pick in 2007 is now hitting .342/.408/.400 with eight extra-base hits and 22 stolen bases. His batting average is now first in the league after the promotion of Yankees catcher Jesus Montero. His 22 swipes are third in the league. His on-base percentage is also third in the league.

Chris Parmelee will join Revere in the lineup where he was chosen as the only designated hitter on the roster. Parmelee is hitting .244/.323/.384. His five home runs are a team high as are his 20 walks. He hit .303/.394/.438 in May but has only one hit in 14 at bats in June.

Joining Revere and Parmelee in the lineup will be infielders Chris Cates and Steve Singleton. Neither have put up great numbers this season, but to their credit, the talent pool of middle infielders in the Florida State League is pretty shallow. The 5'3'' Cates is hitting .276/.327/.322 with five doubles and a triple to go along with 15 RBI. Singleton is hitting .233/.308/.350 with 14 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. Both Cates and Singleton may be drawing attention with their above-averae plate discipline. The two have a combined walk to strikeout ratio of 28:27.

Two pitchers also made the roster. David Bromberg is the only starter who made the roster while Spencer Steedley made it as a reliever. Bromberg is 5-0 with a 1.94 ERA on the season. He has struck out 42 batters in 51 innings this season. 7.4 strikeouts per 9 innings is down from his 10.6 strikeouts per 9 innings that he posted last year. He continues to struggle with his control, but despite an average of 4.1 walks per 9 innings, he has a 1.18 WHIP.

Steedley has been very impressive this season. The 24-year-old southpaw is 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA. The former 49'ers starter (UNC-Charlotte, not the team by the Bay) has a 25:7 strikeout to walk ratio and has a 1.07 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings pitched this season. He'll likely be promoted after the All-Star game, following the same route that the Twins have chosen for many other All-Star selections in the past.

Danny Lehmann also made the team as one of three catchers on the team. Lehmann, like Parmelee, Singleton and Cates, doesn't have outstanding numbers, but that didn't stop him from making his second All-Star selection. Lehmann is hitting .286/.344/.339 with just three extra-base hits. But like Cates and Singleton, Lehmann has a good plate approach and has a 6:7 BB:K ratio.

And finally, the Miracle's 2008 season is still paying off. The Miracle coaching staff will coach the South roster after making appearing in the league finals last fall. It should be a nice and relaxing game for the Miracle as the game will be played at Hammond Stadium, home of the Miracle. The game is June 20th.

Extras: Each player selected to the All-Star roster were also Midwest League All-Star selections last season except for Parmelee. Carlos Gutierrez also made the roster, but following his promotion to Double-A New Britain, he won't be available.