PCL All-Star Position Players in the Bigs
A whopping 18 of the 23 players representing the Pacific Coast League in the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game, held at Aces Ballpark, are currently on the active roster of a Major League club. Las Vegas INF Wilmer Flores, who was sidelined from the All-Star Game with a sprained ankle but was in attendance for the festivities, is also on a big league roster.
Below is a look at the 13 PCL All-Star position players who are currently in the big leagues. For info on the PCL All-Star pitchers or the IL All-Stars, see the previous two posts.
- OF Nick Buss (Albuquerque/Los Angeles – NL): The only player on either squad to play two different positions in the All-Star Game, Buss went 1×4 with a run scored as the starting left fielder – turned – center fielder for the PCL squad. He and teammate Alex Castellanos were called to join the Dodgers last Saturday Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier suffered injuries. Buss made his Major League debut on Sept. 14 vs. San Francisco as a pinch hitter, and went 1×3 in the game. He is 2×12 (.167) in 4 appearances so far with the Dodgers, and has seen time in both corner outfield spots.
- OF Joey Butler (Round Rock/Texas): Butler, the starting right fielder for the PCL, went 0×2 with a strikeout in the All-Star Game. He made his Major League debut as a pinch hitter for the Rangers on Aug. 7, and went 0×1. He has gone 4×12 (.333) with 2 doubles, an RBI and 3 runs scored in 8 games this season for Texas.
- OF Michael Choice (Sacramento/Oakland): Starting center fielder for the PCL, Choice went 1×2 and came around to score in the fourth to bring the PCL within 1, down 4-3. He received his 1st call to the big leagues in September, and made his debut as Oakland’s designated hitter on Sept. 2 vs. Texas. Choice has gone 3×11 with a double and a run scored in six games with the A’s.
- INF Matt Davidson (Reno/Arizona): Coming off MVP honors in the 2013 Sirius XM MLB All-Star Futures Game just days before, as well as the 2013 Triple-A Home Run Derby crown, Davidson went 0×2 as the starting third baseman for the PCL. His contract was selected by the D-backs in mid-August, and he collected his 1st big league hit in his Major League debut on Aug. 11 vs. the Mets. The 22-year-old has gone 12×52 (.231) with 3 doubles, a home run, 4 RBI, 5 runs scored and 8 walks across 24 games for the D-backs.
- INF Wilmer Flores (Las Vegas/New York – NL): Although he could not participate in the All-Star Game because of a sprained ankle suffered right before the break, Flores was on hand in Reno for all of the All-Star festivities. He went 0×4 in his big league debut with the Mets on Aug. 6, but has gone on to bat .211 (19×90) with 4 doubles, a home run, 13 RBI and 8 runs scored for the club.
- C Tuffy Gosewisch (Reno/Arizona): Reno’s own Tuffy Gosewisch entered as a reserve catcher for the PCL, and went 0×2 in his first Triple-A All-Star Game. The 9-year Minor League veteran earned his 1st shot at the big leagues in August, when D-backs catcher Miguel Montero was placed on the disabled list. He has batted .206 (7×34) with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and a run scored in 11 games for Arizona.
- OF Roger Kieschnick (Fresno/San Francisco): Kieschnick played left field as a reserve outfielder for the PCL, and went 1×2 with a strikeout on the night. The 26-year-old made his Major League debut with the Giants on July 31 in Philadelphia, going 2×5 with 2 RBI. Overall, he has gone 17×82 (.207) for San Francisco, with a triple, 5 RBI and 6 runs in 35 games.
- C Johnny Monell (Fresno/San Francisco): A Home Run Derby contestant and starting catcher for the PCL, Monell went 1×2 with a walk and an RBI. He drove in Michael Choice in the fourth inning for the PCL’s final run of the night. The rookie catcher made his Major League debut against the D-backs, as a pinch hitter on Sept. 5. He collected his 1st Major League hit on Sept. 14 at the Dodgers, in what was also his 1st Major League catching appearance. He is 1×5 with a run and an RBI in 4 games for the Giants.
- INF Efren Navarro (Salt Lake/Los Angeles – AL): Navarro replaced starter Brock Peterson as a pinch hitter and took over first base duties for the PCL club. He went 0×2 on the night. After the Bees were eliminated by Omaha in the PCL Championship series, Navarro earned a call-up to the Angels for his 2nd big league stint. He played in 8 games for the club in 2011, before spending all of last season with Salt Lake. Navarro came in to play 1st base against Oakland on Sept. 16 for his only appearance thus far.
- INF Chris Owings (Reno/Arizona): Owings went 1×4 with a run scored as the starting shortstop for the PCL squad. His run marked the go-ahead run in the bottom of the first inning, but the IL squad pulled ahead for the win. The reigning PCL MVP and Rookie of the Year made his Major League debut with the D-backs on Sept. 3 as a pinch hitter. He has batted .250 (7×28) with 6 walks, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored in 12 games for the D-backs in his 1st big league stint.
- INF Brock Peterson (Memphis/St. Louis): Peterson, the runner-up in the 2013 Triple-A Home Run Derby, plated Owings for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the first on a groundout. He singled in his next at bat to finish the night 1×2 with an RBI. After spending all of 2011 and more than half of 2012 with Bridgeport of the Independent League, Peterson finally got a shot at the big leagues just days after the All-Star Game. He as struggle din the bigs, going just 2×25 with 2 RBI in 21 games for St. Louis.
- DH/INF Brett Pill (Fresno/San Francisco): Designated hitter Pill drove in Nick Buss in the bottom of the first for the PCL’s first run. He went 1×4 with an RBI as the PCL’s lone DH. Pill has spent parts of the last 3 seasons with San Francisco, and has appeared 43 times for the club in 2013. He is 18×78 (.231) so far for the Giants this season, with 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored.
- INF Ryan Wheeler (Colorado Springs/Colorado): 2012 Reno Aces third baseman Wheeler replaced 2013 Aces third baseman Matt Davidson as a reserve player for the PCL. He went 0×2 in what was his 2nd-straight Triple-A All-Star Game. Wheeler appeared in 6 games with the Rockies before the All-Star break this season, and has appeared in 21 total games for the club. He has batted .167 (6×36) with 2 doubles, 5 RBI and 1 run scored in 21 total games for Colorado.
All stats correct through 9/19/13.