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Seven Stockton Ports make Cal League All-Star team

Seven Stockton Ports were named to the California League All-Star team.

Tyler Ramirez / Photo by Chris Lockard
Tyler Ramirez will start in the Cal League All-Star game. / Photo by Chris Lockard

Seven members of the Stockton Ports’ roster were named to the California League All-Star team on Tuesday. Outfielders Tyler Ramirez and Seth Brown will start the game for the Cal League, while catcher Sean Murphy and outfielder Skye Bolt will be reserves. Pitchers Evan ManarinoA.J. Puk and Casey Meisner were also named to the Cal League squad. Manarino and Puk will not participate in the game.

Ramirez is currently 13th in the league in batting at .301. His 819 OPS is 10th-highest in the league and he ranks fourth in the league in OBP with a .396 mark. The A’s 2016 seventh-round pick hit .320 in May. He has hit both righties (.302 BA) and lefties (.300) well this season.

Brown ranks second in the league in homers with 11. He is also tied for fifth in the league in RBI with 41. Brown has a .256/.323/.445 in his second season with the Stockton Ports.

Bolt, a college teammate of Ramirez at UNC, is batting .243/.350/.443 in 50 games for the Stockton Ports. He is one of the top defensive centerfielders in the league and he has done a good job working the count all season.

Murphy missed more than a month with a wrist injury, but he has made an impression when healthy. The Stockton Ports’ catcher has homered seven times in 34 games and has a .279/.333/.496 line. Also a top defensive player, Murphy has a 10.55 range factor behind the plate. He has one of the strongest throwing arms in the Cal League among catchers.

Manarino dominated with the Ports before earning a promotion to Double-A Midland. He posted a 3.21 ERA, but he allowed more than two earned runs in an outing just twice in 11 appearances. Manarino had a 41:3 K:BB and he had a 1.05 WHIP.

Puk currently leads the Cal League in strike-outs with 87 in just 54.1 innings pitched. The A’s top pick last season has a 3.98 ERA and Cal League batters are hitting just .194 against him. He has allowed just one homerun this season.

Meisner overcame a terrible April to earn a spot on the Cal League squad with a strong May and June. The right-hander has a 4.68 ERA overall but a 3.00 ERA over his last 10 starts. In those 10 starts, Meisner has struck-out 60 and he has walked just 17 in 48 innings.

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