|| Bulls Upton Named to IL All-Star Team
Bulls Shortstop B.J. Upton has been selected to play on the International League Post-Season All-Star team.
Although the Bulls regular season is over, Durham Bulls shortstop B.J. Upton will play in one more game. The International League has named the standout to the 2005 Post-Season All-Star Team. Upton was voted the all-star shortstop by members of the media, coaches and front office staff.
Upton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 June Draft, led the International League with 165 hits and 98 runs scored while finishing among league leaders in several offensive categories, including stolen bases (2nd, 44), extra-base hits (3rd, 60), doubles (3rd, 36) and on-base percentage (T-3rd, .392).
The 21-year old was also the starting shortstop in the 2005 Triple-A All-Star Game and the 2005 All-Star Futures Game. Prior to Bulls final home game of the season, Upton was named the Durham Bulls Team MVP.
The International League also announced its Award Winners for the 2005 season:
- Manager-of-the-Year – Larry Parrish, Toledo Mud Hens
- Most Valuable Player – Outfielder Shane Victorino, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
- Most Valuable Pitcher – Zach Duke, Indianapolis Indians
- Rookie of the Year – Francisco Liriano, Rochester Red Wings
The IL began the practice of naming a post-season All-Star Team in 1957, and 2005 marks the very first time that no club placed multiple players on the squad. The clubs with the league’s twelve best records each boast one representative.
Most Valuable Player Shane Victorino and Most Valuable Pitcher Zach Duke headline the 2005 All-Star Team, and are joined by ten more of the IL’s brightest stars.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story.