The Fort Myers Miracle placed a team-record six prospects on the Florida State League All-Star Team, as three position players and thre pitchers will represent the Miracle in the classic. Here is a look at who made the team:
Brian Dinkelman, Infielder
In his second season with the Miracle, Dinkelman makes his second All-Star team, as he was a Midwest League All-Star in 2007. A great hitter, Dinkelman is batting .310 this season, and is currently tenth in the Twins organization in batting. In 54 games, Dinkelman has stolen nine bases, and has 18 runs batted in.
Danny Valencia, Infielder
Valencia is once again tearing up the Florida State League, and it should not be long before he is promoted to New Britain. A rare blend of power and the ability to hit for a high average, Valencia has been the big bat in the Miracle lineup all season. He currently leads the Twins organization with a .344 batting average.
Rene Tosoni, Outfielder
The 21-year old outfielder has now been honored as an All-Star for the second time in his two years with the Twins organization, as he was an Appalachian League All-Star in 2007. Going straight from the Appalachian League to the Florida State League is tough enough on a prospect, but Tosoni has not skipped a beat, batting .325 in 2008. A legend in Elizabethton, Tosoni is one of the better young outfield prospects in the Twins organization.
Jeff Manship, Starting Pitcher
Manship continues to rack up the awards in his young career, as he was a Midwest League All-Star in 2007. In his second season with the Miracle, the young right-hander is 6-2 in 11 starts thus far in 2008, and has a 3.11 earned run average for the first-place Miracle. He went 8-5 for the Miracle in 2007, and will likely make his way to New Britain at some point this season.
Anthony Slama, Relief Pitcher
Slama has split late inning duties with fellow All-Star Robert Delaney, and he has been terrific. In 20 games, Slama has an incredible 0.62 earned run average, and has struck out 47 batters in only 29.0 innings of work. He has also picked up nine saves, has walked only nine, and he has really been an incredible find since being drafted in the 39th round of the 2006 draft.
Robert Delaney, Relief Pitcher
This guy has been unbelievable since being signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2006. Not only was he a Midwest League All-Star in 2007, but he set the Beloit single-season save record in a half of a season. In his second season with the Miracle, Delaney continues to be one of the top relief pitchers in the Twins organization, and currently has a 1.27 earned run average. He has struck out better than a batter per inning, and has teamed with Slama to form the best late-inning relief duo in the Florida State League.
The game will be held at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, which is home to the Brevard County Manatees. The Manatees are the High-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins. First pitch is slated for 7:30pm.