Anthony Ranaudo and Christian Vazquez have been named International League All-Stars.
It's been a big year for Ranaudo. As recently as 2012, there was every question whether or not the pitcher who was once expected to be a top-five draft pick would ever even see the majors. After a mediocre finish to his rookie season in 2011, Ranaudo had struggled with injuries throughout 2012, producing a 6.69 ERA in 38 innings of work with the Portland Sea Dogs. 2013, however, saw him bounce back and work his way up to Pawtucket, where he's spent 2014 allowing very few runs.
There are still concerns with Ranaudo surrounding how his straight fastball will play as a major league starter and his high walk rate. But at this point there is little question he'll get his chance to prove his doubters wrong. Whether as a starter or a reliever, the majors are in Ranaudo's not-too-distant future.
Frankly, Christian Vazquez' season has not been quite as impressive thanks to a truly dismal May performance. But Vazquez has apparently gotten hot at the right time for consideration, hitting .299/.368/.481 in a resurgent June. With other International League catchers not exactly setting the bar high, strong defensive chops, and the added benefit of the attention he garnered with his spring training clinics in controlling the running game, Vazquez has found his way on the roster even if his season slash line is not quite up to snuff.
The 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game will take place Wednesday, July 16 in Durham, North Carolina.