I’m going to keep this brief because I’m trying to enjoy a day off, but here are a few Minor League news and notes that I thought were worth passing along…
- Indianapolis catcher Erik Kratz earned the MLBAM International League Top Star Award for his 2-for-2 performance in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game. Kratz, who started the contest against the Pacific Coast League and batted eighth, had a double and a two-run homer, scored twice and walked once in the IL’s 6-5 win.
- Kratz’s IL award gives the Indians bragging rights for the second straight year. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen won the honor in last summer’s Triple-A All-Star Game.
- In the Double-A All-Star Game, it was Altoona’s 1B/OF Jason Delaney who provided the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning of the South Division’s 5-3 win. Delaney, who started the game as the designated hitter, went 1-for-3 with a walk while playing the entire game.
- Altoona’s Brian Friday also played the entire game as the team’s shortstop. He went 1-for-4. LHP Daniel Moskos pitched one inning in the contest and allowed one earned run on one hit and three walks.
- After a three-day All-Star break, Indianapolis returns to action tonight in Pawtucket, R.I. Ian Snell, who is 1-1 with a 0.45 ERA in three starts since being demoted, will make the start.
- LHP Rinku Singh, one of the two Indian pitchers on the Pirates’ Gulf Coast League team, earned his first professional victory on Monday. He pitched just one-third of an inning and struck out the only hitter he faced. Singh’s professional baseball win is the first for any Indian-born player. Overall, he has allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in three innings.
- Third baseman Neil Walker continues his work back from a knee injury that he sustained in early June and has now played in eight games with the GCL Pirates. Walker is 5-for-30 with one RBI. He was activated off the DL on Thursday and has rejoined Indianapolis.
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