Yankees prospects honored by FSL

Ehlers, Wright given league's highest honor

(Jerry Hale)

August 28, 2006 11:33 AM

As bright as the New York Yankees' immediate future looks this season, it's looking even brighter a few years down the road.

Tampa Yankees teammates Cody Ehlers and Chase Wright were both named to the Florida State League's postseason All-Star team while being given the league's highest honors on Monday. Ehlers was voted the 2006 FSL Most Valuable Player and Wright got the nod for Most Valuable Pitcher in a voting process involving field managers, official scorers and sportswriters representing all 12 teams.

Ehlers has been the league's most dominating run producer all season, leading the league with 103 RBIs, almost 20 more than the nearest competitor. The Yankees' first baseman also leads the league with 35 doubles, is fourth in hits (142) and compiled 18 home runs while batting .298.

Wright has been just as dominating on the mound. The 23-year-old left-hander leads the league with a 1.93 ERA and is second with 11 wins, most of which came in the second half of the season when Wright moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Since becoming a starter for Tampa on June 23, Wright made 12 starts and allowed more than three earned runs just once.

Joining Wright in the All-Star rotation is strikeout leader Anthony Swarzak of Fort Myers, Dunedin's Orlando Trias -- whose 12 wins are tops in the FSL -- and Palm Beach's Mitchell Boggs.

Brevard County second baseman Hernan Iribarren is the only current FSL player to join Ehlers in the infield but the recently promoted Ryan Klosterman, Blake Dewitt and Alexi Casilla were also honored for their time spent in the league this season.

St. Lucie's Corey Coles and Daytona's Ryan Harvey highlight the All-Star outfielders. Coles leads the league with a .343 average and is second with 152 hits while Harvey is tied for first with 20 homers on the season. The speedy Fort Myers center fielder Brandon Roberts (who tops the FSL with 50 stolen bases) and Clearwater's Branden Florence round out the quartet.

The top two closers in the league, Palm Beach's Mike Sillman and St. Lucie's Carlos Muniz, also took home All-Star honors. Sillman leads the FSL in saves with 32 while Muniz is a close second with 30. Dunedin's Robinzon Diaz and St. Lucie's Jesus Flores were named as the league's top catchers this season.

St. Lucie skipper Gary Carter was named the FSL's All-Star manager after guiding the Mets to a first-half division title. The Hall of Famer was also chosen to manage the U.S. team in this year's All-Star Futures Game in July.

Kristen Zimmerman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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