It's time for another edition of Orioles101's Baltimore Orioles Minor League spotlight, and this week we focus on the Short-Season A Aberdeen Ironbirds as they recently had three players selected and play in the New York-Penn League All Star Game. Austin Anderson, Jay Gonzalez and David Hess were selected to represent the South squad in this year's All Star contest.
The Game took place on August 19 at MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York with the North team beating the South team 1-0.
Anderson, who was drafted this year in the ninth round out of Ole Miss, has seen time at both third base and DH for the Ironbirds and has done extremely well at the plate. He has hit .319 with one home run, 15 RBI and 11 doubles with an on base percentage of .361 and an OPS of .916. He has a good eye at the plate as he has struck out just 14 times in 138 at bats.
Anderson went 0-2 in the All Star Game, but has performed well after being drafted this past June.
Gonzalez, who is also a 2014 draft pick, was selected in the tenth round out of Mount Olive and became the every day center fielder for the Ironbirds this season. Gonzalez is hitting .274 with nine RBI, six doubles and 23 runs scored this season and leads the team with 14 stolen bases. While he has drawn a high number of walks with 24, he has also been a victim of the strikeout in his first professional experience as he has K'd 55 times in 186 at bats.
Gonzalez also went 0-2 in the All Star Game.
The only Ironbirds pitcher to make the All Star Game, Hess has been one of the most consistent pitchers on the Ironbirds roster this season. The Orioles fifth round pick in this year's draft out of Tennessee Tech, Hess had one of the best ERA's in the league prior to his most recent outing where he allowed six earned runs in three innings. Prior to that outing, he owned a 1.21 ERA, and after it, he saw it leap to 3.20. Overall, he has gone 2-1 in eight appearances (five starts) and allowed nine earned runs in 25 1/3 innings of work with 24 strikeouts.
Hess tossed a scoreless inning in the All Star game with a strikeout.
Congratulations to Anderson, Gonzalez and Hess and it is always a good thing to see current year draft picks performing so well in their first tastes of Professional Baseball.
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