Yeicok Calderon earns GCL All-Star nod

08/28/2012 1:40 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Outfielder/designated hitter Yeicok Calderon was named to the Gulf Coast League All-Star Team on Monday night, bringing the final number of Baby Bombers to earn Minor League all-star nods this season to 20.

Calderon, 20, hit .270 with a league-leading eight home runs and 22 RBI in 44 games for the GCL Yankees this season, and earned the DH slot on the 15-player GCL All-Star squad that was selected by members of Major League Baseball Advanced Media and the GCL.

Signed as an international free agent in 2008, Calderon spent two years in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .331 in 448 total at-bats in 2009 and 2010 before moving up to the GCL in 2011. He posted a .225-6-25 line in the GCL last season, and improved to his all-star totals in 2012.

The GCL Yankees finished the season with a 35-25 record and placed third in the GCL North Division, one game behind the Tigers and Pirates. Twelve of the 14 GCL teams had players earn All-Star honors, with other notables on the team including Marlins outfielder Kolby Copeland, a 2012 third-round pick who led the GCL with 34 RBI despite not hitting a single home run, and outfielder Jeremias Pineda, who was traded from the Red Sox organization to the Twins as part of the Danny Valencia deal in early-August but still led the GCL in both average (.365) and steals (23).

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