The Bradenton Marauders ended up with 12 players selected for the Florida State League All-Star game last night. The injured Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller were replaced on the roster by Will Craig and Pedro Vasquez. Ke'Bryan Hayes also got a spot on the roster as a substitute. I mentioned when the rosters were announced that Vasquez was the biggest snub, which didn't seem possible to have a snub with nine players selected. He was one of the best pitchers in the league at the time and is still pitching well with a 2.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 65.1 innings, so he deserved to go.
Craig really wasn't hitting well at the time of the selection process. So with him playing a high offense position, it wasn't a surprise he was left off the roster. His current stats though say that he actually deserv...
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