Thursday, October 8, 2009

Perez and Pedroza on Baseball America's Indy All Star Team

Baseball America has selected players for their 2009 Independent Leagues All Star Team and two former Seals are amongst those named. Both Sergio Pedroza and Wilver Perez were chosen for the second all star team. The teams were selected from the rosters of all eight independent baseball leagues in North America.

Pedroza and Perez spent the majority of the season playing for Victoria, but they were traded to the Calgary Vipers on August 17th and 27th, respectively. Along with Isaac Hess, the ex-Seals led the Vipers to the GBL championship and Pedroza was named MVP of the championship series.

Out of the eight independent leagues, the Golden League placed the third-highest number of players on the all star team. The Atlantic League, clearly the best of the independent leagues, led with six players. You may remember that four Victoria Seals were traded/sold to Atlantic League teams in 2009: Roberto Sotolongo, Josh Arhart, Jamar Hill and Travis Wade.

Here is a list of the leagues and the number of players named to the all star team:
  • Atlantic League - 6
  • Can-Am League - 5
  • Golden Baseball League - 4
  • Frontier League - 4
  • American Association - 3
  • Northern League - 3
  • United League - 2
  • Continental League - 0

Other players from the GBL named to the team include A.J. Valentine of the St. George Roadrunners and batting champion Nelson Castro of the Calgary Vipers. The complete all star team can be found here.