Puello and Verrett Lead B-Mets Contingent Named to Eastern League All-Star Team
According to Lynn Worthy via twitter, Cesar Puello, Allan Dykstra, Josh Rodriguez, Jeff Walters, and Logan Verrett will be headed to the Eastern League All-Star team. This comes as no surprise, as the B-Mets, at 47-28, have an 8.5 game lead over the Trenton Thunder in the EAS Eastern Division, and have the best record overall in the league. With a high-performing team comes a lot of All-Star nods.
I just talked about how well Puello has been performing this year earlier today, so I won’t repeat everything I just said. However, his .313/.407/.616 line is rather impressive and worth repeating. He leads the Eastern League in slugging percentage, is second in home runs, and third in RBIs.
Dykstra has come out of nowhere to have a career year in Binghamton. The first baseman owns a .321/.477/.607 line with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs, and 20 doubles on the season. He barely trails Puello in the major offensive categories, but leads the league in on-base percentage by a large margin. The next closest player is Henry Urrutia of Bowie, coming in at .433.
Rodriguez has made it a habit of enjoying long hitting streaks this season, and has used those long stretches to hit .303/.429/.434 in 2013. That line includes four home runs, 29 RBIs, 47 runs scored, and almost as many walks (49) as strikeouts (55).
Walters is the league leader in saves, successfully closing the door 18 times for the B-Mets. He’s appeared in 29 games overall (32.1 innings pitched) and has compiled a 4-2 record, 2.51 ERA, 34 strikeouts, and 11 walks.
Verrett, like Puello, was a virtual lock for the All-Star team; his eight wins are tops in the Eastern League, and his 93 innings pitched are fourth among his fellow hurlers. In 14 starts, he’s 8-3 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 77 strikeouts, and 21 walks for Binghamton.
Congratulations to all five guys on this honor! The game will be played in New Britain on July 10th at 7:00 PM.
(Photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)
About the Author: Matt Musico
Matt is a 26-year-old college admissions counselor that loves talking baseball, and the New York Mets. He's been fortunate enough to have many relationships with sports; he played baseball through college and was invited to a professional tryout, and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Sport Management. Matt is a freelance New York Mets contributor for Yahoo! Sports, and is the owner of On The Way Home, his personal MLB blog. You can follow him on Twitter @mmusico8
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