With the Single-A All-Star games out of the way, the only team left that has yet to be announced is the big league one. The Double-A and Triple-A selections came out this week and the Nationals will be sending five players to the Eastern League game on July 13 in New Hampshire and one to the International League’s contest on July 13 in Salt Lake City.
Representing the Nationals at the Triple-A International League All-Star game will be left-hander Tommy Milone who has a 6-5 record with a 3.51 ERA in 89 2/3 innings of work for Triple-A Syracuse. Milone, who was the Nationals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010, has walked just five batters all season and struck out 95 for a ridiculous 19:1 K:BB ratio.
Milone will be the Nationals only player in the Triple-A game but they’ll be well represented in the Double-A game with five players going to the game itself and a sixth, Brad Peacock, having been selected but unable to attend.
They’ll be sending two pitchers, in addition to Peacock who leads all of Double-A with 114 strikeouts and will play in the MLB Futures Game on July 10, in Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena. Arnesen,a 2006 draft pick, began the season in Syracuse but has since been transferred to Harrisburg. he’s 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA between both places and has transitioned from a reliever to a starter this season. Pena, who also began the season with the Chiefs, has done much better since moving back to Double-A. After putting up a 19.29 ERA in seven games with the Chiefs, Pena has a 2.10 ERA in 19 games with Harrisburg. He’s struck out 29 and walked seven.
The Senators will also be sending infielder Tyler Moore and outfielders Archie Gilbert and Bill Rhinehart. Moore leads the Senators with 14 home runs, 20 doubles and 44 RBI and his name is atop most of the other offensive categories. Moore is a highly touted prospect, a 16th round pick in the 2008 draft, who was ranked as the No. 24 overall best prospect in the Nationals system by Baseball America heading into the season.
Rhinehart and Gilbert are veteran players for the Double-A squad who have both had their own separate offensive tears at different times this season. From May 3-10, Rhinehart hit five home runs — including a two-homer game on May 10. From May 29-June 7, Gilbert piled up 15 hits.