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Durham Bulls' Reid Brignac is first-team International League All-Star

Posted by on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 2:07 PM

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The 23-year-old Bulls' shortstop (pictured, right) is batting .294/.352/.451/.803, with 18 doubles and four home runs. He also has an excellent 19/27 BB/K ratio in 229 plate appearances. He has good range at shortstop, especially to his right, and a very strong arm. To my eyes, his 10 fielding errors are partially the result of inexperience.

Brignac was the only Durham Bull elected/selected to the International League All-Star team. The only other legitimate candidate, relief pitcher Winston Abreu, was called up to Tampa. I don't know if that makes him ineligible---I suspect it does---but the relievers who made the team all had strong cases, too.

Brignac's only competition for the starting slot was Toledo's Brent Dlugach. Dlugach had somewhat similar numbers, but Brignac has more doubles and five fewer homers in 22 fewer games (don't forget, Brignac was up in Tampa for about three weeks), and Dlugach has three times as many strikeouts than Brignac but only four more walks. Overall, Brignac was the right choice.

The AAA All-Star game, which pits the International League against the Pacific Coast League, will be played July 15th in Portland, Oregon. The game airs on ESPN2 at 4:05 p.m. EDT.

The complete roster is below. Every player I voted for except one (not counting those since promoted to the majors) made the team; on reflection, the player selected over mine was a better choice. The manager is Louisville's Rick Sweet.

* * PLAYERS ELECTED * *

C WYATT TOREGAS COLUMBUS

1B BARBARO CANIZARES, Gwinnett

2B SETH BYNUM, Syracuse

SS REID BRIGNAC, Durham

3B ANDY MARTE, Columbus

OF SHELLEY DUNCAN, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

OF AUSTIN JACKSON, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

OF DREW STUBBS, Louisville

DH MIKE CERVENAK, Lehigh Valley

SP CLAY BUCHHOLZ, Pawtucket

SP CHRIS TILLMAN, Norfolk

RP FERNANDO CABRERA, Pawtucket

RP JIM MILLER, Norfolk

* * PLAYERS SELECTED * *

C ERIK KRATZ, Indianapolis

INF CHRIS STEWART, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

INF BROOKS CONRAD, Gwinnett

INF BRENT DLUGACH, Toledo

INF ANDY TRACY, Lehigh Valley

OF JORDAN BROWN, Columbus

OF JORGE PADILLA, Syracuse

P CHRIS BOOTCHECK, Indianapolis

P ANDREW CARPENTER, Lehigh Valley

P NELSON FIGUEROA, Buffalo

P JUSTIN LEHR, Louisville

P J.D. MARTIN, Syracuse

P ANTHONY SWARZAK, Rochester

P CARLOS TORRES, Charlotte

P LUIS VALDEZ, Gwinnett

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