The Albuquerque Isotopes added to the Dodgers minor league All-Star list on Thursday by sending Luis Cruz, John Ely, Tim Federowicz, and Josh Wall to the Triple-A All-Star Game.
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Federowicz will start the game for the Pacific Coast League. His .285/.351/.472 line is solid, but he hits significantly better at home (.925 OPS) than he does on the road (.706 OPS). He’s always been known as a glove-first catcher, so anything he provides offensively is a bonus.
Ely is having a stellar season in the place some pitchers go to die. He’s second in innings pitched (96) and leads the league in strikeouts (103, good for a 9.6 K/9). He’s been one of the best pitchers in the league, and it’s great to see him performing well. He might be a viable spot-starter down the road.
Cruz, one of the last players cut in Spring Training, is hitting .319/.347/.521 with league-high 30 doubles. He isn’t a prospect and doesn’t have much of a chance to contribute in the majors, but this is a nice honor for the career minor leaguer.
Wall is leading the PCL in saves and is pitching a lot better now than he did a month or so ago. From May 9th through June 3rd, his ERA skyrocketed from 3.52 to 6.85. Currently though, his ERA sits at 4.76 and he hasn’t allowed a run since June 3rd. Wall seems to have found his groove and could get a call to Los Angeles if the team needs additional relief pitchers.
The Triple-A All-Star Game is July 11th in Buffalo, N.Y., and will be broadcast on MLB Network.