Online voting for the Triple-A All-Star Game is officially open, and several Lehigh Valley IronPigs are pushing for a bid to the Triple-A Midsummer Classic. Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers in Tacoma, Wash., will host the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday, July 10, followed by the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12.
Several of your first-place IronPigs have been named to the International League ballot and fans may also place a write-in ballot for a player on the IronPigs roster that they feel deserves the All-Star nod that is not listed among those on the ballot. Fans can vote an unlimited number of times until the voting deadline through Friday, June 23. Votes can be placed on MiLB.com, ILBaseball.com, ironpigsbaseball.com and through the MiLB First Pitch app.
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Catcher - Jorge Alfaro: Among the catchers on the ballot, Alfaro leads the pack with his 29 RBI as the backstop for the Pigs. In 199 at-bats, the Sinceljo, Columbia native is batting .266-4-29 with a stolen base and has thrown out 35% (11-of-31) potential base stealers thus far. The Phillies No. 3 prospect has also reached base safely in 30 of his 47 games played this season.
First Base - Rhys Hoskins: Hoskins leads or is in the top five in the International League in many offensive categories including: HR (14, 1st), Games (64, T-1st), RBI (49, 1st), OBP (.391, 2nd), XBH (33, 2nd), SLUG PCT (.586, 1st) and Runs (44, 2nd). Hoskins also had a 23-game on-base streak as he hit (.368-7-15; 28-76, 5 2B, 13 BB) from April 8 through May 2.
Shortstop - J.P. Crawford: The Phillies No.1 overall prospect has turned it on of late, as the former first round pick reached base safely in 17 consecutive games from April 22 through May 10 (.217-0-5; 13-60, 2B, 12 BB, 9 R, .347 OBP).
Outfielder - Dylan Cozens: The 23-year-old leads the International League along with felow Bash Brother Hoskins with 14 home runs and places third in RBI with 46. Cozens was named International League Batter of the Week for his performance from 5/7-5/14 while batting .393-4-8 (11-28, 2B, 8R, 1.290 OPS).
Designated Hitter - Cameron Perkins: The 2016 International League midseason All-Star makes a case for a repeat entrance into this season's midsummer classic. The 27-year-old leads the International League in OBP (.408) and tied for first in batting average (.310).
Outfielder - Nick Williams: Has hit safely in 22 of his last 26 games, batting .323-11-28 (32-99, 2B, 2 3B, 3 BB, 23 R). Is curently tied for 3rd in the I.L in home runs with 13 and has since May 17, he has 11 home runs in 25 games which is the most in MLB and MiLB during that span.
Starting Pitcher - Tom Eshelman: Eshelman has dominated the International League since his promotion from Double-A Reading on May 8. In his first month of Triple-A ball, the Carlsbad, Calif., native went 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in 5 GS had two complete games and one nine-inning shutout to his credit and was awarded the International League's Player of the Month Award for the month of May.
Starting Pitcher - Ben Lively: Lively was promoted to the Phillies after being tied for the International League lead with six wins. The Pensacola, Fla native was 6-1, with a 2.40 ERA in 10 GS for the Pigs before his promotion.
Relief Pitcher - Pat Venditte: Venditte began the 2017 season with a 22 scoreless innings streak that ended May 21 at Syracuse. In total, Venditte is unscored upon in 18 of his 22 relief appearances this season and is tied for the International League lead in wins with six. The switch-pitcher began the season with 10 2/3 innings before surrendering a single hit.
Relief Pitcher - Pedro Beato: The International League's save leader at 20 saves thus far in the 2017 season is unscored upon in 17 of his last 19 appearances. His 20 saves leads all of Minor League Baseball and rankes first in the I.L. in games (27) .
Relief Pitcher - Hoby Milner: Another member of a solid Pig 'Pen who began the season with a 19 1/3 scoreless innings streak, which was ninth best in franchise history.
Other members of the 2017 IronPigs who are not mentioned above and are listed in the ballot are Pedro Florimon, Jake Thompson and Cesar Ramos.
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