Eric Wordekemper was named Most Valuable Pitcher in the Florida State League.
A 24-year-old righty reliever, he was 2-0 with an 0.60 ERA over 41 appearances and has a league-leading 31 saves. He did not start the season as a particularly hot name in the system, but the 46th round choice in the 2005 draft out of Creighton has a shot now.
Three other Tampa players made the FSL all-star team: RHP Daniel McCutcheon, C Francisco Cervelli and OF Jose Tabata.
Tabata is hitting .307 but has only 23 extra-base hits in 411 at-bats. Based on what we saw in spring training, I figured he’d be a monster this season. But he’s only 19, so it’s hard to figure out what he is yet. If he wasn’t the youngest regular in that league, he was among the youngest.
Single A Charleston INF Mitch Hilligoss was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team. He is hitting .313 with four homers and 50 RBI.
Scranton and Trenton are in first place and are headed to the playoffs, which slightly complicates calling up players on Sunday. The first priority is to bolster the major league club. But you also don’t want to strip down teams headed for the playoffs.