All-Stars, Cleto and More
A few things of note regarding former and future LumberKings and this blog:
- The Seattle Mariners’ Organizational All-Stars list came out last week, and it’s finally up on LumberKings.com. Nick Franklin (’10) was a natural choice as the All-Star shortstop after hitting .281 with a Midwest League-best 23 homers last year. Kyle Seager (’09) makes the list at second base, while left-handers Anthony Vasquez (’09-’10) and Brian Moran (’09-’10) also show up as the top left-handed starter and top reliever, respectively. Potential future King Kevin Rivers is amongst the three outfielders after posting a .332 average in Everett last year.
- Former Kings’ right-hander Maikel Cleto (’09) was shipped to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for shortstop Brendan Ryan yesterday. The hard-throwing Cleto was recently added to the Mariners’ 40-man roster despite a rough go of it in the Cal League (4-9, 6.16) and a less-than-steady showing in the Arizona Fall League (2-1, 7.91). This is Cleto’s third new organization since he signed with the New York Mets in 2006. Revisit an interview I did with Cleto and an interpreter in 2009:
Maikel Cleto Interview 8.21.09.mp3
- Last Friday’s post on the 2010 Baseball Winter Meetings was my 500th on The LumberBlog. That’s a lot of posts. It appears that you’re still reading, as I finished #41 out of the Top 50 ProBlogs in November. Thank you again!