If you’re like me, you may have found yourself starting to nod off after the first inning of Tuesday’s All Star game. If you made it through until the end of the game, you would’ve seen Asdrubal Cabrera enter the game at short. Chris Perez, the Indians’ other All Star representative, never made it into the game; a consequence of the 8-0 NL blow out score. There were several other All Star games this week (and last month) at the minor league level. How did the representatives from the Indians’ farm system perform in those? What were the outcomes?
Here’s a bit about each game:
Major League All Star Game – Asdrubal Cabrera went 0 for 1, with a strikeout and a walk. As I mentioned, Chris Perez did not appear.
Futures All Star Game in Kansas City – Each year, the top talent in the minor leagues squares off for its own All Star Game. Players from all levels of the minors participate, and it’s broken into “World” and “U.S.” teams. The Indians had two participants this year, both on the “World” squad – Francisco Lindor, shortstop from the Class A Lake County Captains, and Jesus Aguilar, first baseman from the Class A Carolina Mudcats. The U.S. trounced the World team 17-5 this past Sunday; the MVP of the game was Tigers’ third base prospect Nick Castellanos. The 22-year-old Aguilar started in the game and went 1-3 with a walk, and scored a run for the World squad. Lindor entered as a pinch hitter and went 1 for 1 when he singled.
Triple-A All Star Game – Pacific Coast League defeated the International League 3-0 last night, as the IL was held to just 5 hits. Several Columbus Clippers played for the IL – Matt LaPorta played in left and went 0 for 3 with a walk, Russ Canzler played at first and went 0 for 1, Cord Phelps played at second and went 0 for 2. LaPorta also participated in the home run derby, but did not advance past the initial round after hitting just 2 home runs. Mike Sarbaugh was the manager for the IL.
Double-A All Star Game – There were four Akron Aeros that participated in the Eastern League All Star Game – starting pitcher Steven Wright, relief pitcher Kyle Landis, outfielder Thomas Neal, and first baseman Chun Chen. The Aeros players were on the losing squad, the “West” division of the Eastern League – East won the game 5-4. Neal went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base as the DH, Wright pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts, and Landis pitched a perfect inning as well. Chen did not play in the game. Also notable with the Eastern League All Star Game was its bizarre “hitting challenge” on Tuesday in Reading, Pennsylvania. If you have a spare five minutes, and didn’t hear about the challenge, I highly recommend watching this video. I thought it would end up being a disaster, but I guess it went well and was a hit (pun mostly intended)!
High-level Class A All Star Game – The Carolina – California All Star game was held in June, and the Carolina Mudcats had two representatives on the Carolina team, designated hitter Jeremie Tice and pitcher Shawn Armstrong. Carolina won 9-1, as Tice went 1 for 3 with an RBI and Armstrong pitched a perfect 2/3 of an inning, striking out both batters he faced.
Low-level Class All Star Game – The Midwest League also held their All-Star game in June and the Lake County Captains had three representatives – Francisco Lindor at shortstop, and starting pitchers Joe Colon and Cody Anderson. Split into East and West squads (the Captains were on the East team), the East pummeled the West 18-2. Lindor went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Anderson allowed no hits and one walk in one inning pitched, and Colon pitched a perfect third of an inning.