On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that four Staten Island Yankees would be heading to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, a game that will take place August 19 in Brooklyn, NY. The four players heading to Coney Island will be catcher Luis Torrens, designated hitter Isaias Tejeda, second baseman Ty McFarland, and first baseman Connor Spencer. The four selections for Staten Island are tied with three other teams for the second-most on the South Division team behind the Brooklyn Cyclones’ six players.
Most of the hype on Staten Island this season has gone to Luis Torrens. The 18-year-old catcher has dominated New York-Penn League pitching, including when he hit .351 in the month of July. Torrens also has some speed to his game. In addition to his .304 average, one home run, and 11 RBI’s, Torrens has three triples on the season, which is second on the team behind Christopher Breen’s four. The 21 runs Torrens has scored are tied with Tejeda and Breen for the team lead.
The other catcher/DH is Isaias Tejeda, who is finally making strides in a league that he has been in now for almost three seasons. After hitting .200 a season ago, the 22-year old is hitting .301 this season with four home runs (tied for the team lead), 23 RBI’s, and a team high .375 on-base percentage. Just like Torrens, Tejeda had an incredible month of July, hitting .358 with three home runs and 13 RBI’s. He has been a doubles machine, as he is tied for the league lead with 16 doubles.
Two of the Yankees’ draft pick from this past June’s draft also got the honor of being named All-Stars. One of them is second baseman Ty McFarland (.291, 3 HR’s, 32 RBI’s). The tenth round pick out of James Madison University leads Staten Island in hits with 52 and RBI’s. His 15 doubles are second on the team and one behind the league lead. Despite 16 errors this season, McFarland’s performance at the plate has made him a constant in manager Mario Garza’s lineup.
The other pick was eighth round selection Connor Spencer out of UC Irvine. Spencer has been a hit machine of late for Staten Island, as he has 18 hits in his last ten games. This past month, he hit .337. While the first baseman has eleven extra-base hits, no homers, and eight RBI’s, his high amount of singles has given him the team lead in batting average (.358) and his 44 hits in 32 games are only nine fewer than McFarland (47 games). On Saturday night, Spencer went 4-for-4 with two doubles in the team’s 11-6 loss . The first baseman has manned his position well with just two errors at first base this year.
The Staten Island Yankees are 26-29, three games back of the Cyclones for the lone Wild Card spot. The team will play two more road games in Mahoning Valley before a six-game homestand against the Connecticut Tigers and Tri-City Valleycats that begins on Tuesday.