Hanson, Diaz and Wood Named to International League All-Star Team

The International League announced the rosters for the July 15th All-Star game and three Indianapolis Indians players are on the team. They will be represented by second baseman Alen Hanson, catcher Elias Diaz and closer Blake Wood.

Hanson is hitting .292/.335/.442 in 63 games this season. He returned yesterday from missing two weeks with a hand injury and had three hits, including a home run, plus stole two bases. Hanson has eight triples, five homers and 19 stolen bases.

Diaz isn’t hitting like last year when he dominated the Eastern League and received a late season promotion to Indianapolis, but he is still having a good season, especially on defense. He is hitting .268/.333/.376 in 60 games, splitting his time between catching and DH. He has a .988 fielding % and has thrown out 27% of base runners.

Blake Wood has a 3.31 ERA and 20 saves in 22 opportunities. In 32.2 innings, he has 38 strikeouts. He leads the International League in saves.

  • How does 27% for Diaz compare to most catchers in the minors. Seems a little low but I’ve also heard that pitchers in the minors are more taught to focus on their pitching and less of what’s going on at first base. Is this true?

    • It is true, but 27%- as much as pitchers ignore baserunners, you still get a lot of slower guys and poor baserunners trying to steal, it should average out. For this guy, I’d expect closer to 40% based on what Tim has said before.