9 Yanks farmhands make All-Star squads
Nine minor league players in the Yankees organization have been selected to participate in their respective leagues’ 2014 All-Star Games later this month.
Pitcher Daniel Camarena, outfielder Jake Cave and infielders Dante Bichette Jr., Eric Jagielo and Zach Wilson will represent Class A Tampa in the 53rd Florida State League All-Star Game June 14 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Representing Class A Charleston at the 55th South Atlantic League All-Star Game June 17 at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, N.C., will be infielder Mike Ford, outfielder Aaron Judge and pitchers Brady Lail and Caleb Smith.
Bichette, 21, was selected by the Yankees in Supplemental Round A of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft (51st overall). He is batting .276 with a .366 on-base percentage in 199 at-bats and leads the team in runs (33), doubles (14), RBI (35) and walks (27). Bichette also has seven home runs in 56 games.
Camarena, 21, has started 12 games for Tampa and is 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 64 innings pitched. Chosen by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the lefthander leads the club in innings pitched, is tied for the team high in victories and ranks second in strikeouts (46). He has allowed one earned run or fewer in eight of his 12 starts.
Cave, 21, was selected by the Yankees in the sixth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. He leads the team and is tied for third in the league in hits (74), batting .306 with 29 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 16 RBI in 57 games and 242 at-bats.
Jagielo, 22, was the Yankees’ top selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft (26th overall). He shares the team lead in home runs (10) and ranks second in RBI (31), and in 42 games and 156 at-bats is hiyting .256 with 23 runs, eight doubles and 19 walks. Jagielo was also named a 2013 All-Star in the New York-Penn League as a member of the Staten Island Yankees.
Wilson, 23, is batting .299 with 19 runs, seven doubles, three triples, four home runs and 23 RBI in 43 games and 157 at-bats with Tampa. He was selected in the 21st round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University.
In the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Ford, 21, was chosen as the Southern Division’s starting first baseman. Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in July 2013, Ford is batting .302 with 29 runs, nine doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI, 28 walks and a .400 on-base percentage in 54 games and 192 at-bats.
Joining Ford in the starting lineup will be Judge, 22, who was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft (32nd overall). He leads the RiverDogs in runs (31), batting average (.315), hits (64), doubles (11), RBI (37), walks (33) and games played (57), with a .413 on-base percentage and .507 slugging percentage in 203 at-bats.
Lail, 20, was chosen by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He has made 11 starts for the RiverDogs this season, going 7-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings and leading the team in innings, victories and strikeouts.
Smith, 22, has also made 11 starts for the RiverDogs, going 4-4 with a 2.41 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. In his first two professional seasons, the lefthander is 5-6 with a 2.16 ERA in 100 innings. He was selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Sam Houston State University.