For reasons know only to Florida State League President Chuck Murphy, Clearwater’s best pitcher Hoby Milner and one of its top offensive weapons right fielder Kelly Dugan were snubbed in the selections for the FSL All Star game in Dunedin on June 15th.
Milner in his last eight starts has a 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA during that time. Dugan has been one of the hottest hitters in the FSL. Up until last night he had the second highest OPS in the league. In any event for what it is worth Milner and Dugan will be playing some day in the major leagues and few will ever remember who played in the 2013 FSL All Star game.
Perhaps the snubs of Milner and Dugan occurred because the Threshers already have a league leading seven players selected to the team. The Threshers selections were catcher Logan Moore, third baseman Maikel Franco, second baseman Carlos Alonso, outfielders Cameron Perkins and Aaron Altherr and pitchers Percy Garner and Gabe Arias. Also Milner got off to a slow start and struggled in his first three starts of the season and Dugan missed the first several weeks of the season due to injury.
Baseball Betsy spoke with Cameron Perkins on Monday at the Carpenter Complex and he told her that he will be out five weeks with a fractured left wrist from a hit by pitch in last Friday night’s game against Dunedin. He will not be able to play in the All Star game. Perkins led the league in total hits most of the season while hitting over .350.
Last night’s doubleheader sweep in Jupiter was fueled by the Threshers All Stars. Alonso drove in the game winning rbi in the top of the tenth for the 2-1 win in the first game. A Franco single drove in Alonso who had walked for the first run in the the second game. Later Altherr’s three run homer would ice the 7-3 second game win helped by Alonso getting on base by a hit by a pitch. The victory gave starter Percy Garner the win and extended his record to 5-0 for the season.
The Thresher’s are one of the hottest teams in minor league baseball winning now eight straight games and moving to within a game of the first place Dunedin Blue Jays who they face this weekend in the fight for the northern division’s first half championship. The only downside is that two of the Clearwater Threshers best players who have been keys in making them one of the best teams in High A baseball this season were just snubbed for All Star honors.