Archive for September 1st, 2009

California League All-Stars Announced

The California League announced its postseason All-Star team earlier today:
Catcher: Koby Clemens, Lancaster JetHawks
First Base: Joe Dunigan, High Desert Mavericks
Second Base: Jason Van Kooten, Modesto Nuts
Third Base: Alex Liddi, High Desert Mavericks
Shortstop: Beamer Weems, Lake Elsinore Storm
Outfield: Thomas Neal, San Jose Giants
Outfield: Roger Kieschnick, San Jose Giants
Outfield: Jon Gaston, Lancaster JetHawks
Designated Hitter: Scott Van Slyke, Inland Empire 66ers

Starting Pitcher: Craig Clark, San Jose Giants
Starting Pitcher: Donald Hume, High Desert Mavericks
Starting Pitcher: Alexander Torres, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Relief Pitcher: Craig Baker, Modesto Nuts

Most Valuable Player: Alex Liddi, High Desert Mavericks
Pitcher of the Year: Craig Clark, San Jose Giants
Rookie of the Year: Roger Kieschnick, San Jose Giants
Manager of the Year: Jim Horner, High Desert Mavericks
Athletic Trainer of the Year: Yukiya Oba, San Jose Giants

Liddi, Clemens, and Gaston were my three favorites for the MVP award. As an unabashed Alex Liddi follower since early July, I’m happy to see the Italian win.

International League All-Stars Announced

The International League’s postseason All-Stars were announced earlier today:

Catcher: Erik Kratz, Indianapolis Indians
First Base: Andy Tracy, Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Second Base: Kevin Russo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Third Base: Andy Marte, Columbus Clippers
Shortstop: Brent Dlugach, Toledo Mud Hens
Outfield: Jordan Brown, Columbus Clippers
Outfield: Shelley Duncan, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Outfield: Jon Weber, Durham Bulls
Designated Hitter: Barbaro Canizares, Gwinnett Braves
Utility: Don Kelly, Toledo Mud Hens
Starting Pitcher: Carlos Torres, Charlotte Knights
Relief Pitcher: Luis Valdez, Gwinnett Braves

Most Valuable Player: Shelley Duncan, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Most Valuable Pitcher: Justin Lehr, Lehigh Valley IronPigs/Louisville Bats
Rookie of the Year: Austin Jackson, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Manager of the Year: Rick Sweet, Louisville Bats

I had either Marte or Duncan taking home the MVP Award – go me!

Chris Carter Knows How To Celebrate

Monday afternoon, Chris Carter won the Texas League’s Most Valuable Player Award.  It was a well-deserved win, but one could argue that he had already received the best possible reward for his stellar play: a promotion to Triple-A Sacramento, with a September appearance in Oakland not out of the question.

So Monday night, he went out there for Sacramento and celebrated in style, crushing three homeruns and driving in seven as the River Cats beat Reno, 17-6.

Carter hit a three-run homer in the first, a solo shot in the fifth, and another three-run bomb in the ninth.  They were the first three Triple-A homeruns for the 22-year-old prospect and bumped his RBI total from five to twelve in six games.  He nearly had a chance at a fourth homerun when Sacramento batted around in the ninth, but ended the game in the on-deck circle when Tommy Everidge flied out and Aaron Cunningham grounded out.

For the season, Carter now has 27 homeruns and 108 RBI in Double- and Triple-A.