Phil Gosselin went 3-for-4 for the Gwinnett Braves against the Durham Bulls in Friday’s home opener at Coolray Field. (Photo: Karl Moore/Gwinnett Braves)
LAWRENCEVILLE – Phil Gosselin has been up with the Atlanta Braves for a month, but he had already made an impression before he left Gwinnett.
The versatile 25-year-old was named the utility player on the International League All-Star Team announced Tuesday.
Gosselin, now hitting .304 and sharing second base in Atlanta, played four defensive positions for the G-Braves while batting .344 with 29 doubles in 96 games.
The selection of Gosselin gives Gwinnett at least one All-Star in each of its six seasons in the International League.
The G-Braves had two selections during each of the first three seasons, with those named including present Atlanta standouts Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran.
Gosselin, a fifth-round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Virginia, came into this season with just a .257 career average. But he blossomed at the plate while playing second base, shortstop, third base and left field as well as serving as a designated hitter.
The right-handed hitter started at third base for the International League in the Class AAA All-Star Game during July and was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the victory over the Pacific Coast League at Durham.
Syracuse outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was named both the IL’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. With a .354 average, he is the only player ahead of Gosselin for the league batting title.
Pawtucket right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who is 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA, was named Most Valuable Pitcher and Syracuse’s Billy Gardner Jr. was chosen as Manager of the Year.
Three players from the South Division made the 12-player All-Star Team. Joining Gosselin were first baseman Andy Wilkins and catcher Josh Phegley of Charlotte.