Three more 'Baby Bombers' named All-Stars
Trenton outfielder Zoilo Almonte was one of 13 men selected for the Eastern League team, which was voted on by EL team managers and coaching staffs, sportswriters, radio and television broadcast personnel and other members of the media.
Almonte, 23, is about to complete his first full season at Double-A, and entering Wednesday was hitting .272 with 20 home runs, 69 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 101 games for the Thunder. He is in the Top 10 in five offensive categories, and when the list was released, he was also tied for fifth in the EL with 10 outfield assists.
Meanwhile, down in Tampa, RHP Nik Turley and first baseman Kyle Roller were both selected to the Class-A Advanced Florida State League’s 18-man squad.
Turley, 22, is 8-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 22 games (20 starts) for the T-Yanks through Tuesday, and his 110 strikeouts ranked him fourth in the FSL. The 24-year-old Roller is also having a strong season, as he is hitting .269 and is third in the FSL in both homers (18) and RBI (82).
Oddly, despite posting an 81-57 record through Tuesday and being one win away from clinching the IL North Division Title, the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees did not place a single player on the 12-man International League squad. They did, however, have the league’s top skipper, as Dave Miley was named IL Manager of the Year on Tuesday.
Turley, Roller, and Almonte's honors make it four postseason All-Star nods for the Yankees' Minor Leaguers so far, as GCL Yankees outfielder Yeicok Calderon was named to the Rookie-Level GCL's All-Star Team on Tuesday; the Class-A South Atlantic League and Short-Season Class-A New York-Penn Leagues have yet to announce their postseason teams.
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