Escobar named Triple-A All-Star
The Topps Company, in conjunction with Minor League Baseball, unveiled the Triple-A All-Star team on Thursday and Brewers shortstop Alcides Escobar made the cut. Escobar finished among the top base stealers in Triple-A with 42 while hitting .298 with four home runs, 34 RBIs, 24 doubles and six triples for the Nashville Sounds. Escobar was named to the Topps Double-A All-Star team last year.
Next season, he’ll have to contend with Major Leaguers for an All-Star bid. When the Brewers traded J.J. Hardy to the Twins last week, it opened the starting gig for Escobar, who will turn 23 on Dec. 16.
“We’ve got younger players again,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “It’s a transition that we’ll probably have to make continually. It’s no different than when we traded Lyle Overbay to make room for Prince Fielder. I told J.J. that when I talked to him on the phone. … We’re trading J.J. to make room for Escobar.”
Here is the full Triple-A All-Star squad:
2009 TOPPS/MiLB TRIPLE-A ALL-STAR TEAM
POS PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE AFFILIATE
1B Randy Ruiz Las Vegas/PCL Toronto
2B Kevin Russo Scranton-Wilkes Barre/IL New York-AL
3B Andy Marte Columbus/IL Cleveland
SS Alcides Escobar Nashville/PCL Milwaukee
OF John Bowker Fresno/PCL San Francisco
OF Jordan Brown Columbus/IL Cleveland
OF Shelley Duncan Scranton-Wilkes Barre/IL New York-AL
C John Hester Reno/PCL Arizona
DH Mitch Jones Albuquerque/PCL Los Angeles-NL
P Lenny DiNardo Omaha/PCL Kansas City
Topps Double-A All-Stars will be announced on November 18.
Topps Class A All-Stars will be announced on November 25.
Topps Short Season/Rookie All-Stars will be announced on December 2.
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