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July 2012 Prospect Profile: Tampa's All-Stars

07/20/2012 9:51 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

J.R. Murphy was an FSL All-Star, and two weeks later, he was promoted to Trenton.(milb.com)
The Tampa Yankees sent three representatives to the 2012 Florida State League All-Star Game on June 16, but while all three men had outstanding first halves, the FSL’s version of the Midsummer Classic didn’t quite work out as well.

Outfielder Rob Segedin, who was voted in as a starter for the West Division, suffered through an 0-for-3 night in the North’s 6-3 loss, while catcher J.R. Murphy was retired in his only at-bat after relieving Cameron Rupp in the fifth and also made a key throwing error in the seventh inning.

On the mound, meanwhile, it ended up as a night to forget for Mark Montgomery, who was victimized by ineffectiveness from his replacement.

Called in to pitch the seventh inning with the North up 3-0, Montgomery struck out Richard Lucas, but then walked Daniel Santana – who ended up on third after stealing second and advancing on Murphy’s throwing error – before fanning Mike O’Neill for the second out.

The righty then allowed an RBI single to Wilmer Flores and walked Starlin Rodriguez, prompting North skipper Brian Harper to call upon Tyler Knigge – who promptly issued two more walks and uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score before retiring the final batter.

In the end, Montgomery’s line ended up seeing him allow three runs on one hit and two walks and strike out two in his 2/3 of an inning, but he managed to avoid the loss (which was given to Knigge after he allowed two more runs in the eighth).

Although it was an uncharacteristic night for all three, brighter days would be ahead. Segedin and Murphy were both promoted to Double-A Trenton on July 2, and through July 15, Montgomery had made eight second-half appearances for Tampa, posting a 2.08 ERA with four saves and 11 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings pitched in those games.

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