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Jorge Vazquez named to postseason all-star team

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just got to my hotel in Boston and saw this quick minor league note.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees slugger Jorge Vazquez was named the designated hitter for the International League’s postseason all-star team. He’s leading the league with 30 homers, and he’s third with 88 RBI. He’s certainly done enough to earn a September call-up, but I’m not sure he’ll get one with Brandon Laird already on the 40-man and able to help at all four corners.

Vazquez was the only Triple-A Yankee to make the postseason all-star team. There were two notable omissions.

Jesus Montero
Catcher
The Yankees top hitting prospect is now batting .290/.350/.471 with 18 home runs, 19 doubles and 67 RBI. Honestly, he probably didn’t deserve the all-star spot. Reds minor leaguer Devin Mesoraco was named the IL’s top catcher, and he’s hitting .289/.372/.486 with 15 home runs, 36 doubles and 71 RBI. It’s close, but Mesoraco probably deserves the nod, especially considering most votes probably came before Montero got red hot last week.

Kevin Whelan
Closer
He was hurt for a while, but Whelan still made a pretty convincing case as the league’s top reliever. His 23 saves rank second, and his 0.91 WHIP is the lowest of any closer. In 49.1 innings he struck out 49 and walked only 12. The league’s Reliever of the Year is Tim Wood from Indianapolis. He also has 23 saves, but he has a higher WHIP, fewer strikeouts and a much higher ERA. Whelan still has a spot on the 40-man, so he could be a strong September call-up candidate.

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