Four Hooks named to Texas League All-Star Team
By Rachel Frey
Following last week’s announcement of Astros Single-A prospects being named to the South Atlantic League’s All-Star team, the Texas League, home of the Double-A affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks, announced their list of All-Stars. Four Hooks were named to the team: OF J.D. Martinez, SS Wladimir Sutil, LHPs Xavier Cedeno and Dallas Keuchel. Both position players are also listed as starters.
After starting the season off with Corpus Christi, Martinez was placed on the disabled list in early May for almost 3 weeks with a hamstring strain. He’s currently hitting .311 with 37 RBIs, 14 doubles and 3 home runs.
“When he returned, he mainly DH’ed until he was comfortable that his leg was 100%,” Astros Director of Player Development Fred Nelson said. “We are excited to have him back playing every day and getting his bat going again. He continues to drive in runs and is working hard on his outfield defense. We all look forward to following his progress in the second half of the season.”
Sutil had a 16-game hitting streak this season, which has been the longest in the league so far. Recently, he has been promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and unless he is reassigned to Corpus Christi before the All-Star Game, he will be replaced in the game. Since being moved up, he has a .333 batting average in 12 at-bats. This is his third consecutive season to be selected to the Texas League’s All-Star Team.
Cedeno and Keuchel have been leading the Texas League in pitching statistics for much of the season. Currently, they are both listed on the leagues list of Top 10 Pitchers. Keuchel has a 4-6 record with a 2.99 ERA through 75 innings pitched, and only walked 18 batters. Cedeno has a 4-4 record with a 3.77 ERA. He’s pitched in 76 innings and struck out 66 batters.
The All-Star game is Wednesday, June 29, at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium in San Antonio. If you aren’t heading to the Astros vs. Rangers game that evening, you should make the (relatively) short drive to see future Astros in action.
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