Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tyler Saladino leading all IL shortstops in Triple-A All-Star Game voting

The voting is now open for June 16th's 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham N.C., and Tyler Saladino is the lone Knights player currently in the top five in voting at any position.

As of June 5th, Saladino – who is hitting .306 with six home runs, 28 runs batted in and five stolen bases – led all IL vote getters at shortstop.

Knights’ catcher Josh Phegley (.253, 7 HR, 23 RBI) likely deserves some consideration. He is currently out of the International League’s top five, with Syracuse’s Jhonatan Solano (.277, 8 HR, 32 RBI) leading a solid group of backstops.

The top spot at first base currently belongs to Buffalo veteran Dan Johnson. Andy Wilkins’ .220 average holds him back a bit, but his 10 home runs are tied for fourth most in the IL and he’s hit .375 over his last 10 games.

Carlos Sanchez is nowhere to be seen in the top five at second base, which feels like an injustice considering he ranks fifth in the league in hits (66) and has played gold-glove caliber defense. Micah Johnson’s hamstring injury, combined with his time of arrival in Charlotte left him without enough games to qualify to be on the ballot.  

In the reliever’s category Taylor Thompson (1-0, 31 IP, 10 ER, 2.90 ERA, 38 Ks) is currently out of the top 10. Since the beginning of May, there’s been no right-hander more reliable than the former 1,333rd pick in 2009. Thompson has not allowed a run in his last 15.2 innings of work. He's surrendered just five hits over that span.

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