‘Tees New and Old Earn All-Star Honors
It’s finally the middle of the season across Minor League Baseball and it’s about that time of year when All-Star Games take center stage. This past Saturday, a trio of Manatees represented the North Division at the 53rd Florida State League All-Star Game, as the North rallied back in the ninth to beat the South Division, 6-4.
Cameron Garfield, Tyler Wagner and Damien Magnifico were all adorned in North Division jerseys, but not all of them fulfilled their regular baseball roles:
Indeed, Damien now has an extra bullet point on his resume and it’s fair to say he had a little fun with his new title. As for Wagner, the right-hander pitched a scoreless fifth inning with a little help from his regular catcher. Garfield caught four innings and went 0-for-1 at the plate with a sharp lineout to second base.
‘Tees of Yesterday Shine Tonight
Milwaukee’s Double-A affiliate, the Huntsville Stars, will send a whopping 10 men to AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tenn. tonight for the Southern League All-Star Game. Of that Stars-stacked crew, nine were former Brevard County Manatees.
Tyler Cravy (’13) leads a six-man pitching crew into the All-Star Game with the most wins (eight) in all of Double-A. The Huntsville ace also has the best ERA (1.76) and lowest WHIP (0.86) in the Southern League. As a result of his dominating first half, the right-hander will get the start for the North Division tonight.
Cravy is joined by fellow-ex-‘Tees David Goforth (’13), Drew Gagnon (’13), Brent Suter (’13) and Taylor Jungmann (’12). Arcenio Leon is the only Huntsville All-Star representative who did not play for Brevard County.
As far as position players go, first baseman Nick Ramirez (’13) is in the top-five in the league in home runs (10) and RBI (40). Ramirez was originally only joined on the All-Star roster by Jason Rogers (’12), but Josh Prince (’11) and Shawn Zarraga (’12) were late additions to the North Division roster last Wednesday.