Looking at the 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie Team today made me realize just how lucky we are to have AAA minor league baseball in the Lehigh Valley. Not only do we have our own team to cheer for but we also have an opportunity to see the major league stars of tomorrow in our own backward.
All but 2 of the 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie team have played baseball in Coca-Cola Park. Here’s the all rookie team and when they appeared in our ballpark. Maybe next year we’ll have a few of our own on the all rookie team.
Catcher: J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays (.219-23-78). Represented Las Vegas in the 7/14/10 AAA all-star game at CCP.
First Base: Mark Trumbo, Angels (.254-29-87). Represented Salt Lake City in the 7/14/10 AAA all-star game.
Second Base: Danny Espinosa, Nationals (.236-21-66). August, 2010 with Syracuse Chiefs.
Third Base: Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays (.293-9-25) N/A
Shortstop: Dee Gordon, Dodgers (.304-0-11-24 SB) N/A
OF: Josh Reddick, Red Sox (.280-7-28) July, 2010 & April 2011 with Pawtucket Red Sox.
OF: Desmond Jennings: Rays (.259-10-25). July, 2010 & June 2011 with Durham Bulls.
OF: Ben Revere: Twins (.267-0-30). May, 2011 with Rochester Red Wings.
SP: Jeremy Hellickson, Rays (13-10 2.95). Starting pitcher for Durham Bulls on 7/29/10. Made major league debut 4 days later. 2011 American League Rookie of the Year.
RP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves (4-3 2.10 46 Saves). 2 Saves for Gwinnett on 8/6/10 & 8/8/10. 2011 National League Rookie of the Year.