Top 10 performers from the Triple-A All-Star Game
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Triple-A All-Star Game is always an interesting mix of up-and-coming prospects and veterans trying to get back to the big leagues. This year, a 12-7 victory by the Pacific Coast League on Wednesday night, was no different.
There were plenty of standout performances in a game that saw 19 runs and 29 hits combined and some actually came on the mound despite the crooked numbers put up by both teams. Here are the top 10 performers from the 31st edition of the game.
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1. Kean Wong, 2B/OF, Rays: Kolten's youngest brother may have been in the No. 9 spot of the International League lineup, but he certainly didn't hit like it. The owner of a .316 average for Durham, Wong had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in a pair to take home IL MVP honors.
2. Luis Urias, 2B/SS, Padres: The middle infielder showed why he's ranked No. 29 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list with a pair of hits and two runs scored, showing the impressive bat-to-ball skills that earned him a 70 hit grade on the 20-to-80 scouting scale.
3. Daniel Poncedeleon, RHP, Cardinals: The fact Poncedeleon is pitching at all is amazing, considering he took a line drive off of his head in May 2017 and needed emergency brain surgery. The fact the Cardinals' No. 30 prospect is doing it well is a tremendous story and he was absolutely dominant in his inning of work, striking out the IL's Nos. 2-4 hitters, including top Indians prospect Francisco Mejia, on 15 pitches.
4. D.J. Stewart, OF, Orioles: The O's first-round pick out of Florida State in 2015, Stewart is the organization's No. 10 prospect. The pronounced crouch he had in college is long gone and he had three very professional at-bats, coming away with three hits, two runs scored and a run batted in.
5. Eric Haase, C, Indians: No. 20 on the Indians' Top 30, Haase hasn't followed up his breakout 2017 season with as successful a 2018. But his big right-handed power was on display in his first at-bat of the game in the fourth inning, when he crushed a long home run to left-center field.
6. Cody Carroll, RHP, Yankees: The Yankees' No. 15 prospect showed stuff in relief that should play out of a big league bullpen soon. With a fastball up to the upper-90s and an excellent slider, Carroll dispatched a strong PCL lineup on 14 pitches, striking out two in a perfect inning.
7. Thyago Vieira, RHP, White Sox: A 2017 Futures Gamer, Vieira showed why the White Sox wanted him and acquired him last offseason. While his fastball didn't sit in the triple-digits as it often does, the organization's No. 26 prospect was up to 99 mph with a solid slider in his perfect inning.
8. Josh Fuentes, 3B, Rockies: He might be blocked by his cousin, Nolan Arenado, in the big leagues, but he did his best imitation of him. He opened up what would be a six-run second inning for the PCL with a solo homer to the opposite field, then drove in another run with a single in the same inning and was also named the PCL's MVP.
9. Cole Irvin, LHP, Phillies: It's not always about the velocity. The Phillies' No. 22 prospect did give up a pair of hits, but he mixed his pitches well and fanned two as the IL's starter.
10. Zac Gallen, RHP, Marlins: It's not always about the velocity, part two. The Marlins got Gallen in the Marcell Ozuna trade with the Cardinals and if the team's No. 12 prospect can be as efficient as he was on Wednesday, he could see Miami soon. After the IL had climbed back into the game, the right-hander tossed a perfect sixth, needing just seven pitches, getting a ground ball and two fly outs in a hurry.