Bump named a AAA all-star
A club-record four Lehigh Valley IronPigs were chosen to participate in the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network on July 14 at Coca-Cola Park, the International League announced today. Three IronPigs - 1B Andy Tracy, 3B Cody Ransom and reliever Scott Mathieson - were elected to the starting lineup while RHP Nate Bump, a Towanda graduate, was selected by the International League as the fourth IronPig to participate.
The 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Park, featuring the top performers from both the International and Pacific Coast League, will be nationally televised on MLB Network, beginning at 7 p.m. on July 14. The All-Star Game is sold out.
Fittingly, the most recognizable and distinguished player in Lehigh Valley baseball history, Tracy, returns to the Triple A-All-Star Game for the second consecutive season and for his third time overall. Since returning from the Disabled List in late May, he has hit at a torrid pace, batting .368 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in his last 34 games. He currently ranks among the league leaders in various offensive categories, including walks (1st, 48) and on-base percentage (3rd, .406). The 36-year-old has been a member of the IronPigs since the club's 2008 inception and he currently has a stranglehold on numerous franchise records, including career home runs (59) and RBIs (222). Tracy's prodigious home run total of 26 last season was the most by a Phillies Triple-A farmhand dating back to 1989.
Ransom is enjoying an ultra-productive first season in the Lehigh Valley and currently ranks among the league leaders in several offense categories including games played (1st, 79), home runs (3rd, 16), RBIs (T-4th, 51), runs scored (T-4th, 45) and total bases (T-5th, 133). Ransom, 34, has been particularly clutch this season - hitting .317 with six homers and 34 RBI while batting with runners in scoring position. This will be Ransom's third selection and second appearance in the Triple-A All-Star Game after getting the nod with Fresno in 2001.
A member of the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees, Ransom began last season as the club's Opening Day third baseman while Alex Rodriguez recovered from hip surgery. In 2008, he was an International League midseason All-Star while leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in hits, double and home runs.
Hard-throwing closer Mathieson is enjoying a stellar rookie season with the IronPigs after missing all of 2007 and 2008 while recovering from two "Tommy John" elbow surgeries. The 26-year-old Vancouver native has displayed an electric fastball that has helped him convert 13-of-15 save opportunities while posting a 2.41 ERA in the process. The former 17th round pick in 2002 made it up to Philadelphia in just his fifth pro season (2006) before undergoing his first Tommy John surgery that September. Even after the pair of surgeries, Mathieson is still considered the No. 15 Prospect in the system and as having the Best Fastball in the system by Baseball America prior to the 2010 season.
Bump has anchored a solid starting rotation this season for the IronPigs and currently is tied for the team-lead with six wins and commands the 4th-best ERA (2.62) in the International League. In 24 career International League starts with Toledo and Lehigh Valley, Bump is a noteworthy 13-4 with a 2.51 ERA. A local product, Bump is the highest drafted player in Penn State history and the school's only 1st rounder. In fact, he left Penn State as the school's all-time leader in wins, strikeouts, games started and innings pitched.
Originally selected by San Francisco 25th overall in 1998, the 33-year-old was traded to Florida as part of the Livan Hernandez deal in 1999. In parts of three seasons with Florida ('03-'05), Bump went 6-7 with a 4.68 ERA in 113 games.
The four aforementioned IronPigs will be joined by IronPigs Manager Dave Huppert and Head Athletic Trainer Jason Kirkman on the IL bench as previously announced by the International League.
The remainder of the International League All-Star Roster was also announced today and is listed below:
Players Elected (starters): C Tyler Flowers (CHA), 2B Chris Valaika (LOU), SS Eduardo Nunez (SWB), OF Michael Brantley (COL), OF Jeff Frazier (TOL), OF Dustin Martin (ROC), DH Dan Johnson (DUR), SP Dan Hudson (CHA), SP Carlos Torres (CHA) and RP Jonathan Albaladejo (SWB).
Players Selected: C Erik Kratz (IND), C Jesus Montero (SWB), INF Barbaro Canizares (GWN), INF Joe Dillon (DUR), INF Elliot Johnson (DUR), INF Chase Lambin (SYR), OF Bubba Bell (PAW), OF Jose Constanza (COL), OF Jeff Salazar (NOR), P Michael Dunn (GWN), P Robert Manuel (PAW), P Pat Misch (BUF), P Jat Sborz (TOL), P Anthony Slama (ROC), P Chris Tillman (NOR) and P Travis Wood (LOU).
The Pacific Coast League roster will be announced on Thursday afternoon.