Canizares, Conrad, Valdez off to All-Star game
Timmons snubbed?

Below is a story that will be in tomorrow's paper about the Class AAA All-Star Game. Barbaro Canizares, Luis Valdez and Brooks Conrad all made the team. Only Canizares was selected to play by voting.

But what about Wes Timmons? The infielder who has played all over the infield is on an season-best IL on-base streak, entering tonight, of 26 games. He is hitting .333 in his last 10 and .286 on the season. He has walked 37 times and only struck out 18 and has an OPS of .783. His problem is he has not natural position and it is hard to justify him making the team at any real base, but this is a player with a resume equal to that of the other members of the team, it seems. Just look at Conrad. Nine homers, .259 average is in the same league at Timmons. Not every player can be an All-Star, any thoughts on Timmons missing out?

By Ben Beitzel

Staff Writer


Only one Gwinnett Braves earned enough votes to make Class AAA All-Star game roster, but the team sent a league-best three to represent International League on July 15.

Barbaro Canizares was one of the 13 elected players to the All-Star game and will play first base. Teammates Brooks Conrad and Luis Valdez will join Canizares in Portland, Ore., as two of the 15 players selected to the team from the league office.

Conrad will play second base and Valdez will pitch from the bullpen.

Columbus and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre also sent three players to the All-Star Game.

Canizares, who made the team in 2008, is hitting .325 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs so far this season and he spent a short stint with the Atlanta Braves, playing in four games and batting .235. Reliever Valdez is 3-3 with 13 saves in 33 appearances with a 3.14 ERA and Conrad is batting .259 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs. Conrad has played every infield position and one game in the outfield for the G-Braves.

The leading vote getter was Lehigh Valley starting pitcher Clay Buchholz who is 5-1 with a 1.90 ERA for the Boston Red Sox minor league team.

The All-Star game begins at 10 p.m. on July 15 and will air on ESPN2 with the winner earning home-field advantage in the Bricktown Showdown Triple-A Championship Game in Oklahoma City this September. The IL team lost 6-5 last year.