Bulls Named to Post-Season All-Star Team

Durham Bulls Bulls Named to Post-Season All-Star Team

Matt Diaz
Matt Diaz
Jorge Cantu
Jorge Cantu

The International League today announced Bulls rightfielder Matt Diaz and utility player Jorge Cantu were named to the 2004 Post-Season All-Star Team. It is the first honor for both players.

Diaz, a Southern League All-Star in 2003, has put together a torrid offensive season for the Bulls in 2004. The former Florida State University star leads the League with a career-high 47 doubles (the most for any IL batter since the Bulls’ Steve Cox collected 49 in 1999) and places among the loop’s top ten in hits (165 – 2nd), extra-base hits (73 – 2nd), RBI (92 – 3rd), slugging percentage (.571 – 3rd), batting average (.331 – 4th), and runs scored (81 – T-5th).

Cantu, currently in the Major Leagues with Tampa Bay, received votes at second base, third base, shortstop, and designated hitter. The native of Mexico experienced success with the Bulls during the second half of last season, but no one could have predicted his breakout 2004 campaign. The 22-year-old Cantu, who had just 18 career homers in five seasons entering 2004, blasted 22 in 95 games with Durham. He also set career-highs with 33 doubles, 80 RBI, and a .302 average and currently leads all IL batters with a .576 slugging percentage.

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & these capom photos.

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