The Triple-A All-Star Game will be held in Tacoma, Washington and the Rays organization is sending four Durham Bulls out west. The game pits a collection of this season’s top players from the International League against those from the Pacific Coast League.
Adames is the only one listed among the Rays’ Top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com, but each have put together solid 2017 campaigns at the highest minor-league level.
Starting with the 21-year-old shortstop, Adames owns a .277 batting average, .363 on-base percentage and .431 slugging percentage while driving in 40 runs and scoring another 48. He’s also banged out seven home runs, 18 doubles and five triples, resulting in a team-high 137 total bases.
Marjama’s slashing .274/.336/.420 in 57 games with 36 RBI. Behind the plate he’s gunned down 48.4 percent of base runners attempting to steal a bag (15 of 31).
Leonard is leading the Bulls with 90 hits and is tied for second in RBI with 41. The 24-year-old is slashing .277/.339/.397.
Kittredge, 27, has tossed 51 1/3 innings in 29 appearances. Twenty-seven of those games have come in relief and Kittredge produced a 1.93 earned run average and 1.09 walks plus hits per inning pitched percentage in the first half. He’s also averaging more than one strikeout per inning and has only walked 12.
A final fact the four Bulls All-Stars have in common? They all began their professional baseball careers with another organization.