The Triple-A All-Star game will match up the International League and the Pacific Coast League next month in El Paso. The game will be on MLB Network at 9pm ET on July 10th. The Cincinnati Reds and Louisville Bats will be represented by three players – Lucas Sims, Aristides Aquino, and Josh VanMeter.
Right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims is the lone Bats pitcher being represented on the team. He currently has a 4.64 ERA in 64.0 innings with 57 hits allowed, 29 walks, and he’s struck out 81 batters in his 13 starts. He’s also made one start at the Major Leagues with the Reds this season where he struck out 9 batters in 7.1 innings.
Sims will be joined by a pair of teammates. Infielder/outfielder Josh VanMeter makes the squad despite spending more than a month in the Major Leagues with the Cincinnati Reds. He took home the Player of the Month Award in April for the International League and he’s been back for a week with the Bats. He’s currently hitting an absurd .353/.431/.719 with 9 doubles and 14 home runs to go along with 7 steals in 37 games played.
Like Josh VanMeter, outfielder Aristides Aquino missed about a month of time with Louisville this year. But unlike VanMeter, Aquino was injured and found himself on the injured list with a shoulder issue. It only slowed him down when it comes to accumulating stats, though, because he’s been on an absolute tear when he’s been on the field. In his 48 games played for the Bats he’s hitting .318/.372/.648 with 9 doubles, a triple, and 16 home runs.
The players won’t be the only Louisville Bats representation at the game, though. Broadcaster Nick Curran will also be in attendance. He’s been with the Bats for the last seven seasons as their broadcaster. He was chosen to represent the International League on the radio, where the game will be broadcast on the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network.