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Quick Hits: Six 'Hounds Named All-Stars
Six RockHounds Going To All-Star Game The Midland RockHounds will be well represented at the Texas League's mid-season classic later this month. First baseman Max Muncy, shortstop Dusty Coleman and outfielder Josh Whitaker will start in the game, while first baseman Anthony Aliotti and pitchers Nate Long and Seth Frankoff will be reserves. The game will be on June 24 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Whitaker has been the RockHounds' top offensive player this season. Through Tuesday, he was batting .324 with a 908 OPS and nine homers. Muncy missed time with injuries, but he is batting .283 with an 825 OPS. He has 33 walks and 28 strike-outs. Coleman has played outstanding defensive while hitting .246 with a 721 OPS and seven homers. Aliotti joined Midland from Sacramento in late April. He is batting .265 with an 831 OPS. Long moved into the starting rotation after injuries knocked out Raul Alcantara and Tanner Peters. Long has a 3.39 ERA and a 48:18 K:BB despite a rough outing on Tuesday. Frankoff has served as the closer this season. He has 11 saves, a 2.60 ERA and a 40:8 K:BB in 27.2 innings. Batters are hitting just .216 against him. Nieve Released The Oakland A's released veteran right-hander Fernando Nieve on Monday. Nieve had a 7.01 ERA in 25.2 innings this season. He struck-out 24 and walked 14. Newly reacquired left-hander Justin Marks took Nieve's spot on the River Cats' roster. Russell Returns To Stockton Addison Russell began what he and the A's hope is the final step of his rehabilitation from a hamstring tear when he began a rehab assignment with the Stockton Ports on Sunday. In his two games with Stockton thus far, Russell is two-for-seven with a walk, four strike-outs and a stolen base. If all goes well, Russell will play with Stockton through the end of this week and re-join Midland on Sunday, June 15 or Monday, June 16. Players Arrive In Vermont The first wave of players for the Vermont Lake Monsters arrived in Burlington on Tuesday. The season begins on Friday at Lowell. We will have a complete preview of the 2014 Lake Monsters once the official Opening Day roster is announced. The Arizona Rookie League A's will begin their season on June 20 versus the AZL Angels. DSL A's Season Underway The A's Dominican Summer League squad are 5-4 and are tied for first in the Santo Domingo Northern Division in the early going of their 2014 season. The DSL A's are in the middle of the pack offensively, but they lead the league in stolen bases with 32 in just nine games. The DSL A's hitters also have a 50:51 BB:K. On the mound, DSL A's pitchers are 11th in the league with a 3.38 ERA in 82.2 innings. A's pitchers have 73 strike-outs, but they have walked 61. First baseman Sandber Pimentel is off to a fast start. He has a .265/.390/.500 line with a homer, a triple and three doubles. Second baseman Rodolfo Penalo has a remarkable 14:4 BB:K and 11 stolen bases in 12 chances in just nine games. He is batting .250/.538/.375. Shortstop Carlos Hiciano, who was the A's highest-profile July 2nd signing last season, is batting .182/.206/.212, but he has struck-out just twice in 33 at-bats.
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