Players to watch in FSL All-Star Game

Players to watch Saturday when McKechnie Field hosts midseason showcase

jlembo@bradenton.comJune 12, 2014 

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Bradenton Marauders outfielder Josh Bell waits for a chance to run home from third case during Tuesday's game against the Palm Beach Cardinals at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on April 8, 2014. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald


BRADENTON -- The Florida State League All-Star game has yielded its fair share of big names, with players such Robinson Cano, Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon all appearing in the game en route to solid major league careers.

How many will come from this year's game, scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday at McKechnie Field?

We'll see.

But here are 12 players worth keeping your eye on when the North Division meets the South:

North Division

[ ] Daniel Norris, P, Dunedin -- Baseball America ranked Norris as the Blue Jays' sixth-best prospect, and the lefty has pitched like it, going 5-0 in 12 starts with a 1.32 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings. Norris, 21, was a second-round pick of the Jays in 2011.

[ ] Jake Thompson, P, Lakeland -- The 20-year-old has flourished in his first season of high Single-A, posting a 6-2 record and 2.48 ERA while allowing one home run in 61 2/3 innings. Ranked the fifth-best prospect in the Tigers' organization, Thompson has allowed just 48 hits while striking out 59.

[ ] Eric Jagielo, 3B, Tampa -- The New York Yankees' first pick in 2013 has hit 10 home runs while slugging .500 in his first stint with a full-season team. Baseball America ranks him fifth among Yankees' farmhands, and the 21-year-old is hitting .256 with 31 RBIs.

[ ] Derrick Chung, C, Dunedin -- He may be a bit long in the tooth (he turned 26 in February), but the Blue Jays' backstop is hitting .324 and slugging .443 while throwing out 36 percent of base stealers. He hit .405 in 21 games in May and is a big reason the Jays are on the cusp of clinching the North Division's first-half title.

[ ] Angel Nesbitt, P, Lakeland -- With Dunedin's Arik Sikula getting promoted, Nesbitt now leads the FSL with 13 saves while posting a sterling 0.81 ERA in 33 1/3 innings, walking eight and striking out 36. Nesbitt allowed three earned runs and 23 hits.

[ ] Dalton Pompey, OF, Dunedin -- It has been a great all-around season for the 21-year-old, who is hitting .313 with 22 stolen bases and 72 hits in 58 games. Pompey has six home runs and 33 RBI while slugging .465.

South Division

[ ] Josh Bell, OF, Bradenton -- Chances are you know this guy, ranked the Pirates' sixth-best prospect by He's hitting .306 with 38 RBI and seven home runs for Bradenton while slugging .477.

[ ] Adam Brett Walker, DH, Fort Myers -- A year after leading the Midwest League in home runs, Walker has cracked 14 in 62 games with the Miracle with 51 RBIs and a .453 slugging percentage. He has struck out 72 times, but that is the occasional byproduct of a power hitter.

[ ] Patrick Leonard, INF, Charlotte -- Acquired from the Kansas City Royals for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis, Leonard has nine home runs in 58 games after hitting nine in 123 games last season. Leonard's 16 doubles have contributed to his .505 slugging percentage and he has 30 RBIs in 58 games.

[ ] David Hurlbut, P, Fort Myers -- Forget the modest record (3-3) -- Hurlbut has a 2.05 ERA in 11 games and eight starts for Fort Myers while limiting opposing hitters to a .249 clip. He has allowed just two home runs and 11 walks in 57 innings.

[ ] T.J. Rivera, INF, St. Lucie -- The Bronx native who signed with the New York Mets as an undrafted free agent, Rivera is hitting .351 in 57 games with St. Lucie while driving in 45 runs, scoring 38 and cracking 84 hits.

[ ] Breyvic Valera, INF, Palm Beach -- No one in the league has more hits than Valera (88), who has no home runs but has still knocked in 32 while slugging .398. Valera is hitting .340 and has 13 steals in 22 attempts.

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