Jays Have Six Players Named to FSL All-Star Team
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Dunedin Blue Jays had six players named to the 2009 Florida State League North Division All-Star team on Thursday, with only the division leading Brevard County Manatees having more players elected to play.
The 48th annual FSL All-Star Game will take place at Hammond Field in Fort Myers on Saturday, June 20, with the game scheduled for a 7:35 p.m. start.
Pitchers Tim Collins and Daniel Farquhar, outfielders Eric Thames, Darin Mastroianni and Moises Sierra and infielder Raul Barron are the six representatives from Dunedin.
Collins, 19, has been one of the best relievers in all of the minor leagues this season, striking out 49 hitters in only 29.2 innings of work. He is 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 17 games, and saved Wednesday night's victory over the Palm Beach Cardinals. Collins was a non-drafted free agent out of Worceseter, MA in 2008.
Thames, 22, was Dunedin's best hitter before going down with an injury on May 10, hitting .340 with a home run and a then team-leading 24 RBIs. Thames was a seventh round pick out of Pepperdine University in 2008.
Mastroianni, 23, is batting .306 and leads the FSL in stolen bases with 28, runs scored with 39, and on-base percentage with a .416 clip. He has only two fewer walks than he does strikeouts (32 K's to 30 BB's) and has been the Jays leadoff hitter and table setter the entire season. Mastroianni was a 16th round draft pick by the Jays in 2007 out of Southern Illinois.
Sierra, 20, was selected as a designated hitter and is batting .283 with two home runs and 21 RBIs, and has played well in right field for Dunedin this year, displaying one of the strongest arms in the entire Blue Jays system. He was signed out of the Dominican Republic as a 17-year-old in 2005 by the Blue Jays.
Barron, 23, has been a utility player for Dunedin this season, seeing time at every infield position except for first base. He is hitting .300 with a home run and 7 RBIs.
Farquhar, 22, was the Blue Jays closer before being promoted to AA New Hampshire, as he will not participate in the All-Star game. It was a well-deserved promotion, however, as he was 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA in 17 appearances for Dunedin, going 7 for 8 in save opportunities and striking out 23 batters in only 17 innings. So far with New Hampshire, he is 0-2 with a 1.59 ERA.
Tickets for the FSL All-Star Game are available by calling the Ft. Myers Miracle at (239) 768-4210 or by visiting www.MiracleBaseball.com. For more information on the Dunedin Blue Jays, call (727) 733-9302 or visit www.DunedinBlueJays.com.
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