The Eastern League All-Star Game is on July 12, one day after the major-league All-Star Game. While the big league rosters will be announced on Sunday, the Double-A representatives were announced on Wednesday. Three SeaDogs players will be in Manchester for the game, with Rafael Devers, Danny Mars and Teddy Stankiewicz getting the honors.
Devers is obviously the headliner here. His inclusion in the game is not much of a surprise, of course, but it’s always exciting when we get a chance to discuss the organization’s top prospect. After his two home runs on Wednesday, the third baseman is up to 16 dingers on the year and he’s hitting .298/.359/.576. The expectation is that he will be promoted to Pawtucket shortly after this game, and who knows how long it’ll be before he takes the next and final step.
Mars will be joining him in the Eastern Division’s lineup in Manchester. While he’s not nearly the quality of prospect that Devers is, the outfielder has had an outstanding season at Double-A. The team’s sixth round pick in 2014 has hit .311/.357/.418 thus far this season. There’s not a lot of power here and he’s almost certainly not going to be a star at the highest level, but he has the contact skills and athleticism to be a future major-leaguer.
The final All-Star is Stankiewicz, who is probably the least impressive of the trio. That’s not to say the former second round pick doesn’t have his talent, because there are flashes when it looks like he could potentially be a future reliever. This is his second season in Portland and he’s pitched to a 4.42 ERA with 55 strikeouts and 18 walks over 75 innings of work.