June 18, 2013

We’re about at the midpoint of minor league baseball season. Honestly, when I started this project to have some daily minor league content to substitute for Around the Farm, I didn’t think we’d have to do it this long. I’m amazed we kept it up this long between myself, Arthur Kinney and a little help from Joe Coblitz.

So at the midway point, it’s only fitting to have an All-Star game as the day in history, right?

In 2013 the Carolina Mudcats, in their second year as the Indians High-A Carolina League affiliate, had 1B Jerrud Sabourin, OF Tyler Naquin, SP Cody Anderson and SS Francisco Lindor make the Carolina-California All-Star team.

The Carolina League All-Stars defeated the California League All-Stars with Lindor collecting two hits, Sabourin with a hit and an RBI, Naquin going 2-5, and Anderson allowing a run in an inning pitch, but earning a hold.

Sabourin drove in the game’s first run with a sac fly and Lindor drove in two runs in the Carolina League’s five run fourth inning.

Ironically enough, Naquin and Lindor have been the best MLB players on that squad. Billy Burns, Rougned Odor, Luke Jackson, and Akron native Chris Bassit were others on the team of note.

On the California League side, Max Muncy, Chris Taylor were the most notable names.

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I also wanted to note that today would have been the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2020 season opener.

It was also their opener on June 18, 2012.

A young 2B, Jose Ramirez, made his affiliate debut with two hits, including a double and a run scored leading off and a steal in an 8-5 win.

Ramirez played three games for the Scrappers before he was shipped up to Lake County and began his ascent.

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