It’s only May, but Minor League Baseball is getting started with their All-Star game announcements. The Triple-A All-Star game takes place in July, as they pit the two leagues against each other. The rest of the minors, though, play their All-Star games in June (the full-season leagues). The Florida State League seems to be the first one to announce their All-Stars and the Daytona Tortugas are well represented on the team.

Two pitchers made the team from Daytona. Left-handed starter Packy Naughton has dominated in the first half for the Tortugas. The 23-year-old has posted a 2.63 ERA over his first nine starts of the season. In 51.1 innings he’s allowed just two home runs, walked just nine batters, and he’s racked up 50 strikeouts. Opposing batters have a .247/.282/.359 line against him on the year.

Reliever Ryan Nutof has served as the closer for the Tortugas this season. He’s picked up six saves along the way while posting a 3.00 ERA in 21.0 innings. Over his 17 appearances he’s walked just four batters – and one of those was intentional. He’s also struck out 27 of the 86 hitters he’s faced while keeping them to a .225/.267/.313 line.

The two pitchers on the team will be joined by three position players from the Tortugas. Jonathan India, the teams third baseman, gets one of the spots. The Reds 1st round pick from 2018 is hitting .261/.366/.439 with six doubles, two triples, and six home runs. His six home runs are tied for the fourth most in the league. He’s also third in the league in runs scored.

Catcher Hendrik Clementina is making his third consecutive All-Star team of his minor league career. In 2017 he made the Pioneer League All-Star team, and last season he was a Midwest League All-Star with the Dayton Dragons. This year he got out to a slow start, but he’s been hitting well of late for Daytona. Over the last month plus, he’s hitting .277 with four doubles and four home runs, dating back to April 20th.

Alejo Lopez makes the team as a second baseman. This is his first All-Star team as a professional. The Tortugas switch-hitter has a .287/.354/.350 line with four stolen bases. He’s also scored 27 runs, which is fourth best in the Florida State League. His 15 RBI is the second best in the league among second basemen.

The players won’t be alone at the game representing the Tortugas. As the North Division’s returning champions, Daytona manager Ricky Gutierrez will be joined by hitting coach Alex Peláez, pitching coach Tom Brown, bench coach Lenny Harris, athletic trainer Ryan Ross, and strength and conditioning coach Trey Strickland as they handle duties for the North Division All-Stars.

8 Responses

  1. RobL

    Doug, I think there’s a typo in your post. You said that Daytona is the reigning North Division champs. This is obviously wrong, because the Reds minor league teams are always terrible and never win.

  2. Bob Anderson

    Peraza needs his job back for a number of starts in a row to see if he is coming around. He is starting to get back in the swing of things and when he heats up he can carry for a while.

    I would flip Disco and Bobby Stephs for a 2-3 starts and see what happens. Disco can’t stop giving up walks or homers to lefties and he can be used as a Roogy in the pen for a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t work out, well, no harm or foul.

    • Oldtimer

      Stephenson is a reliever. 1-2 innings max. He won’t be ready to start.

      • Reaganspad

        He could go 4, which is all we are getting out of Disco these days. If Wood was healthy, Disco would be in the pen. Hard to believe after all these years that he only has 2 pitches

  3. Bob Anderson

    That was a man’s swing and a FU to the Cubs. Will they bean him tomorrow?

  4. Cguy

    Congrats to Joey Votto. 3rd time this month he’s had 2 hits in a ballgame. 1st time this month he’s scored 2 runs in a ballgame. 1st time this month he’s reached base 3 times in a game (hits + BB). Hope it’s something he can build on.

  5. MK

    Glad to see Packy get some recognition. He was just so overshadowed by Hunter last year. He could have thrown a no hitter last year and the newspaper would have told people Hunter Greene is pitching tonight. Definitely not Hunters fault but it was the way it was.