The St. Louis Cardinals New York-Penn League affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs, had five players named league All-Stars on Monday. The two squads are divided by their American and National League parents.
Cardinals farmhands selected to the NL team include left-handed pitcher Justin Edwards, righty Chase Reid, catcher Audry Perez, outfielder Nick Longmire and second baseman Joey Bergman, named as the designated hitter. Three of the five, Reid, Longmire and Bergman, are 2010 draftees.
The annual contest will be held on Tuesday, August 17 at the field of the Staten Island Yankees, Richmond County Ballpark. Only the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets), with eight players named, will have more representatives than the Muckdogs.
Edwards, 22, is back for a second season with Batavia after having been selected in the 28th round of the 2009 draft. He has a 3-2 record with a 2.57 ERA, ninth in the league, in ten starts this season and a sharp 42:14 strikeout to walk ratio in 49 innings of work. His strikeout total is tenth in the NYPL.
Reid, also 22, joined the Cardinals in the 41st round this June out of Vanderbilt. In his first 11 professional games covering 18 innings, Reid has struck out an amazing 30 while walking only one. His ERA is 2.00 and opposing hitters are managing just a .125 batting average against him.
Perez, 21, has been out since suffering a back injury on July 31. His line this season has been a very impressive .333/.379/.468 while serving as the club’s clean up hitter. The right-handed batter has two home runs and 33 RBI in 111 at-bats over 30 games. Perez is seventh in the league in RBI. He spent 2009 with Johnson City of the Appalachian League.
Longmire, 21, was the Cardinals’ fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft from the University of the Pacific. The right-handed hitter got out of the gates quickly, batting .409 in June before cooling off to his current .286 mark. Longmire has eight home runs, 39 RBI and is 9-for-12 in stealing bases in his first 44 games as a professional while playing centerfield and batting third for the Muckdogs. He was NYPL Player of the Week for the period of June 21-27. Longmire’s 39 RBI is second-most in the league; he is ninth in SLG (.503) and eighth in OPS (.872).
Bergman, 22, is a left-handed hitter selected in the 33rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the College of Charleston. He has a solid line of .313/.392/.405 over his first 38 professional games, 131 at-bats. Bergman is tenth in the league in average among qualifiers.
Update: Muckdogs shortstop Yunier Castillo was a late addition to the squad. Due to injury, Perez was unable to participate.
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