MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Rosenberg named All-Star (06/09)

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By The Staff

The News-Enterprise

B.J. Rosenberg doesn’t get to bat in the minor leagues, but he’s batting 1.000.

Rosenberg, who pitches for the Lakewood BlueClaws, was selected to the South Atlantic Northern Division All-Star team, marking the second consecutive season Rosenberg has been an All-Star. The teams were selected by the league’s managers, coaches and broadcasters. The South Athletic League All-Star Jamboree is June 23 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.

“B.J.’s been great for us this year,” Lakewood manager Dusty Wathan said in a press release. “He’s been at the end of the bullpen and closes the door when we get him the lead.”

After a successful University of Louisville career, Rosenberg, a former Meade County standout, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13th round of last year’s amateur draft. He was a New York-Penn League All-Star after going 3-1 with 10 saves and a 1.00 earned run average in 21 appearances. Rosenberg struck out 52 in 36 innings.

Rosenberg was promoted to Class-A Lakewood after spring training where he has continued to excel. Rosenberg has made 18 appearances, posting a 4-2 record with seven saves – tied for 12th in the South Atlantic League – and 1.99 ERA. He has struck out 30 and walked just seven in 22 2/3 innings.

Lakewood is 33-22 and has a three-game lead in the Northern Division. Rosenberg was one of six Lakewood players selected to the game.

“As we speak, we’re in first place,” Wathan said. “We have a chance to win the division. You win ballgames with your players, and I think it’s justified that we do have the most players.”

NATHAN ADCOCK. Adcock, who pitches for the High Desert Mavericks, is 4-2 in 11 starts. He has a 3.82 ERA in 63 2/3 innings. He has allowed 62 hits and 25 walks, while striking out 42.

Adcock ranks in the top of the California League – an advanced Class A league – in several pitching categories. He is fifth in innings pitched, 12th in ERA and tied for 13th in wins.

In his last five starts, Adcock has had four no-decisions, including going 6 1/3 innings without giving up an earned run.

The Mavericks are 38-19, leading the California League South Division by six and a half games.

JORDAN NEWTON. After getting called up from the West Michigan Whitecaps to the Lakeland Flying Tigers, Newton is still adapting to his new surroundings.

Newton is hitting .245 with eight doubles, one triple and one homer. He has scored 10 times and driven in five runs. In his last seven games, Newton has struggled, going 3-for-28 with 11 strikeouts.

Lakeland, Detroit’s high-Class-A team, is 22-27 — 12 games out in the Florida State League North Division.