Staten Island nets three NYPL All-Stars
Two of the three are position players, with first baseman/DH Matt Snyder and outfielder Taylor Dugas joining left-handed pitcher James Pazos on the All-Star squad, and their nods bring the total number of Baby Bombers to be named 2012 All-Stars to 19.
Snyder, the Yankees’ tenth-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, was hitting .324 with three homers and 30 RBI through Tuesday, with both his average and RBI totals putting him in the Top 5 in the league. Earlier in the spring, in his senior season at Ole Miss, the 22-year-old hit .332 with 12 homers, and he has quite the Major League pedigree – his brother, Brandon, is currently in the Rangers organization (and has hit .281 in 64 at-bats in Texas this season), and father Brian was a left-handed pitcher who pitched 16 1/3 innings for the Mariners in 1985.
Dugas, also 22, was the Yankees’ eighth-round pick out of Alabama, and was hitting .319 (seventh in the NYPL) with a home run and 10 RBI through Tuesday. The accolade is nothing new for Dugas, who had a career .360 average and .466 on-base percentage for the Crimson Tide and left Alabama as the school’s all-time leader in career hits (334), singles (235), doubles (67) and triples (18).
As for Pazos, the 21-year-old lefty is 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 19 appearances for Staten Island this season, and has struck out 27 batters in 27 2/3 innings. Pazos was this year’s 13th-round pick out of San Diego State after posting a a 2.14 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 63 innings out of the Aztec bullpen this spring.
The National League roster for the NYPL All-Star Game features two Mets prospects from the Brooklyn Cyclones in right-handed pitchers Luis Mateo and Gabriel Ynoa, as well as a name that Yankees fans will find familiar: catcher Jesus Montero. No, of course, it’s not that Montero; this Jesus is a catcher in the Cardinals system who was hitting .308 for the Batavia Muckdogs, but he will not play due to injury.
One notable Yankees name who is missing from the game is first baseman Saxon Butler, who hit .296 with 10 homers and 36 RBI for Staten Island. Those latter two totals still lead the NYPL, but because Butler was promoted to Class-A Charleston earlier this month, he was ineligible for selection.
The NYPL All-Star Game will be held next Tuesday at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio, the home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
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