2018 Florida State League All Star Game Recap

Cristian Pache and Taylor Trammell are in the foreground during opening ceremonies of the 2018 FSL ASG (Credit: Eddy Almaguer)

Tampa, FL – For Tampa Tarpons infielder Diego Castillo, it was home sweet home. In his home stadium, he mashed two doubles, one of which nearly cleared the left field wall, to help propel the North to a 5-0 victory over the South and claim his squad’s second straight FSL All-Star Game win. The two extra-base hits were enough to earn him All-Star MVP honors in a pitching-dominated game.

Phillies first baseman Austin Listi, who’s enjoying a breakout campaign this year in Clearwater, provided a lot of the firepower driving in three with a pair of singles, including a two-RBI, two-out knock in the seventh inning that put the game out of reach for the South division.

Braves Cristian Pache beats out an infield single in the first at-bat of the game. (Credit: Eddy Almaguer)

The two prominent North prospects, Cristian Pache and Taylor Trammell, notched a couple of hits in eight at-bats but didn’t wow. Pache finished the night 1-for-5 with three strikeouts and beat with offspeed pitches outside as well as some impressive caught-looking heat from Rays reliever Willy Ortiz.

 

Even in an All-Star game, Trammell stood out as the most athletic player on the field. His lone hit of the night came off of fireballer Willy Ortiz on a 1-2 slider.

Reds OF Taylor Trammell finished the night 1-for-3 with a run scored and a strikeout. (Credit: Eddy Almaguer)

 

In the South side, it was a quiet night for Jesus Sanchez who went o-for-3 with two strikeouts and looked fooled by 6’6″ Blue Jays lefty Angel Perdomo and Tigers righty Alfredo Gutierrez.

Only four batters for the South division got a hit, and no one got more than one. North manager Omar Malave (Dunedin) emptied out his bullpen roster, letting all 11 active pitchers see game action. Of the 11, it’s the aforementioned Gutierrez who was most impressive, notching three of his team’s six strikeouts. He punched out Andy Young (Cardinals INF), Jesus Sanchez (Rays OF) and Jaylin Davis (Twins OF).

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For postgame quotes of some North Division hitters, head here.

 

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About Eddy Almaguer 6 Articles
Looking for the cure that'll force me to stop joining new fantasy baseball leagues each year. I pay the bills as a Video Production Coordinator for USF Athletics in Tampa. Raised in Miami, bachelor's from FIU, master's from UF. I tweet all baseball all day from @EddyAlmaguer.

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