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Eastern League All-Stars Announced

The Eastern League announced it’s 2009 All-Stars last night.  I really want to refer to them as postseason All-Stars, because that’s basically what they are, but the season still has a week to go.  Can you have announce postseason All-Stars while the season is still happening?  What came first, the chicken or the egg?  How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?  Why did Joe Savery make this team over Madison Bumgarner or Brian Matusz? Just a few of life’s unanswerable questions.

Anyway, here are the 2009 Eastern League All-Stars:

Catcher: Carlos Santana, Akron Aeros
First Base: Brett Pill, Connecticut Defenders
Second Base: Brock Bond, Connecticut Defenders
Third Base: Neil Sellers, Reading Phillies
Shortstop: Eduardo Nunez, Trenton Thunder
Outfield: Quintin Berry, Reading Phillies
Outfield: Brennan Boesch, Erie SeaWolves
Outfield: Michael Taylor, Reading Phillies
Utility: Brian Dinkelman, New Britain Rock Cats
Designated Hitter: Brian Dopirak, New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Right-Handed SP: Jeanmar Gomez, Akron Aeros
Left-Handed SP: Joe Savery, Reading Phillies
Relief Pitcher: Anthony Slama, New Britain Rock Cats

Top Performers: Saturday, July 18, 2009

Class AAA
Jon Niese, Buffalo (International): 7 IP, 2 H
Daniel Descalso, Memphis (Pacific Coast): 3-5, HR, 5 RBI
Mitchell Boggs, Memphis (Pacific Coast): 7 IP, 2 H
John Lindsey, New Orleans (Pacific Coast): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class AA
Joe Savery, Reading (Eastern): first loss after twelve straight wins
Samuel Deduno, Tulsa (Texas): 7 IP, 3 H

Class A-Advanced
Cory Riordan, Modesto (California): 8 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 9 SO
Ian Gac, Bakersfield (California): 2-4, walk-off HR
Danny Duffy, Wilmington (Carolina): 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 7 SO
Michael Bertram, Lakeland (Florida State): 4-5, 4 RS, 2B, 3B, HR (cycle)
Christopher Carpenter, Daytona (Florida State): 5 IP, 1 H, 9 SO

Class A
Mark Sorensen, West Michigan (Midwest): 8 IP, 2 H
Stiven Osuna, Fort Wayne (Midwest): 6 IP, 1 H, 10 SO
Eric Beaulac, Savannah (South Atlantic): 5.2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 7 SO
Kiel Roling, Asheville (South Atlantic): 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Class A-Short Season
J.D. Martinez, Tri-City (New York-Penn): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
John Servidio, Brooklyn (New York-Penn): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Class Rookie
Gerlis Rodriguez, Pirates (Gulf Coast): 4-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Ogden (Pioneer): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Jose Colmenares, Rays (Venezuelan Summer): 2-2, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Joe Savery Cannot Be Defeated

Joe Savery was Philadelphia’s first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2007 draft.  After appearing in just seven minor league games for Williamsport in the New York-Penn League, Baseball America chose him as its 90th-ranked prospect going into the 2008 season.  Savery bounced a couple rungs up the ladder, to the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League, but a 9-10 record, 4.13 ERA, and other question marks led BA to leave him off its list for 2009.

Savery responded to the “snub” by being promoted to Philly’s AA affiliate in Reading and promptly losing his first start of the season, 7-2 at Harrisburg, on April 16.  Since then, he has lost a grand total of ZERO games – none; nil; not a one – and won twelve consecutive decisions.

I understand that there are a lot of people who don’t like wins as a statistic.  They argue that because wins are so dependent on a variety of factors unrelated to anything a pitcher does, they tell precious little about the actual ability or value of a given hurler.  And they’re right – when judging talent, it makes sense to use numbers that the pitcher actually has some control over.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a run like the one Savery is on right now.  Twelve straight wins?  No losses for almost three calendar months?  That’s pretty cool (even if his peripherals aren’t really all that great and he has obviously received some exceptional run support).  You go, Joe.