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Seager Named a Topps Single-A All-Star

Seager.Kyle (strip7).jpgFormer LumberKings infielder Kyle Seager (’09) was named to the Topps Class-A All-Star Team in an announcement that crossed my inbox this afternoon.

Seager hit a Cal League-best .345 with 14 home runs and 74 RBI with the High Desert Mavericks this year, also qualifying for the league lead in hits (192) and runs scored (126).  A third-round pick by the Mariners in 2009 out of the University of North Carolina, Seager started his career with Clinton last season and hit .275 with a home run and 22 RBI in 41 games.

He is joined by fellow Mavericks Johermyn Chavez (outfield) and Rich Poythress (designated hitter) on the list.  Apparently, Topps made no distinction between high-A and low-A, so the Cal League, Florida State League, Midwest League and South Atlantic League are all represented here.  The only low-A qualifiers were Fort Wayne catcher Jason Hagerty and Lexington outfielder J.D. Martinez.  Topps Minor League Player of the Year and former Cedar Rapids Kernel Mike Trout is on the list as well, though he spent half the season with Rancho Cucamonga.

Congrats to Kyle and his fellow HD Mavs.  Revisit an interview I did with Seager last season: 
Kyle Seager Interview 8.18.09.mp3

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Franklin Up for a MiLBY

A week after Clinton right-hander Erasmo Ramirez was nominated for a MiLBY for top Class A pitcher, LumberKings’ shortstop Nick Franklin now finds himself nominated for the Top Hitter award for all of Class A.

Franklin is up against fellow Midwest League post-season All-Star Mike Trout of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Trout’s Kernel teammate Jean Segura, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers slugger Khris Davis and both Jared Clark (Asheville) and J.D. Martinez (Lexington) of the South Atlantic League.

Nick is leading the early vote at 52%.  Vote early and often for Franklin at this link: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/awards/y2010/hitter.jsp

While you’re checking off Franklin, make sure to show some love for fellow Mariners’ prospects Kevin Rivers (Everett) in the short-season vote and pick either Johermyn Chavez or Rich Poythress (both from High Desert) in the high-A vote.

For the record, Ramirez finished fourth amongst the six nominees for top pitcher with 10% of the vote.  Matt Magill of the Great Lakes Loons won with 57% of the vote despite going just 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA.  I guess the 135 strikeouts was a bigger deal than Ramirez’s 10-4 record and 2.97 ERA.  I disagree.

Following the MLB Division Series, I’ll do an update on former LumberKings in the playoffs.  Turns out I missed one.  Stay tuned for that posting later this week.

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