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Minor League Baseball: Locals star in Triple-A

Milone, Eveland both selected to today’s All-Star Game

Posted: July 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Former COC pitcher and current Albuquerque Isotope Dana Eveland will play in today’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.

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All-Star week isn’t only taking place in Phoenix — at least not for Minor League Baseball.

Some of the most promising prospects in the minors will face off in today’s 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.

Two of those prospects are Santa Clarita Valley products.

Saugus graduate Tom Milone and former College of the Canyons pitcher Dana Eveland were both selected to the game, which begins at 6 p.m. and pits the International League against the Pacific Coast League.

Playing for the International team, Milone will represent the Syracuse Chiefs of the Washington Nationals organization, while Eveland comes from the PCL’s Albuquerque Isotopes in affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Each team will feature 30 players who were selected from a combination of club manager votes, media votes and fan votes according to the Minor League Baseball’s release.

The game will be televised live on MLB Network.

In his first year at the Triple-A level, Milone has been Syracuse’s most consistent pitcher this season, tallying a league-leading 107 strikeouts in 16 starts. With just seven walks on the season, his strikeout-to-walk ratio is a staggering 15:1.

The lefty is 7-5 with a 3.15 ERA and is a little more than 6 1/3 innings per outing.

He was named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending July 3. In two starts during that period, Milone yielded one run in 14 1/3 innings pitched.

Fellow All-Star Eveland has similarly made a name for himself on the Isotopes. In 17 starts and 105 innings pitched, he’s gathered an 8-5 record with a 3.77 ERA.

Though Eveland has bounced around to various Triple-A clubs since 2006, this is his first All-Star appearance.

His hopes of making the Dodgers’ opening-day roster were denied when he strained a hamstring in February, sidelining him for the majority of Spring Training.

The winner of the All-Star Game plays as the home team in the Triple-A National Championship Game on Sept. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M.

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