Jupiter, FL - The Florida State League Office unveiled the 2008 All-Star teams which will be played on June 14 in Viera, FL, the home of the Brevard County Manatees. The Eastern Division team consists of four current players on the first-place Palm Beach Cardinals and two former players who were recently promoted to Springfield (AA). The four current players include Lake Worth, Florida native Tony Cruz, Donovan Solano, Daryl Jones, and Tyler Henley who is currently on the disabled list. The two recently promoted players are pitchers Jess Todd and Jon Mikrut.
Tony Cruz leads the Cardinals in RBI with 28 and has split most of his time between Catcher and Third Base. The 27th rounder in the 2007 draft has had a lot of success in May, having hit third in the lineup for the better part of the month. In that spot, he is hitting .333 with a homerun and nine RBI in 13 games. In 66 at-bats with runners in scoring position, Cruz is batting .318 with 22 RBI.
Donovan Solano has been everything the Cardinals have asked of him. He has split time at second base, shortstop and third base and has set the table at the top of the order, and has driven in runs in the middle and bottom of the order. Overall on the season, he is hitting .305 with 22 RBI and 25 runs scored. In 52 at-bats with runners in scoring position, he is batting .404 with 21 RBI.
Daryl Jones was tremendous in the month of April, where he batted .344 with three doubles, two triples and a homerun. He has played primarily left field, and has also gotten some time in center and right field. Jones was the Cardinals' third-round pick in the 2005 draft; Touted as a five-tools prospect, he has done it all for the Cardinals and is a huge reason to their success. He is third on the team in stolen bases, second in walks, and second in extra-base hits. He also leads the active roster in OPS with a .839 total.
Outfielder Tyler Henley was arguably the team MVP before going down with an injury that has sidelined him since April 28. He was hitting .313 with six doubles, three triples and three homeruns while being the club's leadoff hitter. He will not be able to play in the All-Star game due to his injury.
Pitchers Jess Todd and Jon Mikrut also made the all-star team, but are currently playing for Springfield (AA). Jess Todd was the St. Louis Cardinals organizational pitcher of the month for April, going 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA, with 35 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. Jon Mikrut was tremendous in the closer role for Palm Beach, going 5-5 in save opportunities with just one earned run allowed in 16.1 innings of work.
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