Salem right-hander Justin Haley has been selected to the Carolina League team for the California-Carolina All-Star Game on June 17 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Del.
The former Bella Vista High School and Sierra College standout also was named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week after throwing a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts against Frederick.
Haley, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, is one of only three minor-league pitchers with a save and a shutout this season. Haley has had more success as a starter. In five starts, he has a 1.50 ERA and opponents are hitting just .219 against him. He’s also second in the Carolina League with a 2.05 ERA in 13 outings.
In other minor-league news, the Atlanta Braves released left-handed pitcher Eric Berger (Woodcreek). Berger, 28, appeared in three games for the River Cats, allowing three hits and one run in 11/3 innings, before appearing in 11 games for the Mississippi Braves, Atlanta’s Double-A affiliate, where he allowed 21 hits and 14 earned runs and struck out 15.
More on the MLB draft
The slot values for the five local players taken in the first 10 rounds of the draft: No. 23 Derek Hill (Elk Grove) $1,953,100, No. 75 J.D. Davis (Elk Grove) $748,600, No. 118 Logan Webb (Rocklin) $440,600, No. 142 Rhys Hoskins (Sac State, Jesuit) $349,700 and No. 308 Steven Patterson (UC Davis) $137,600.
Hill signed with the Detroit Tigers and received a $2 million bonus, slightly higher than his slotted value. Davis has signed with the Houston Astros for $758,600, but Patterson signed with the Cleveland Indians and Blake Grant Parks (Yuba City, Sierra) signed for $10,000 each. Hoskins has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies but the bonus was not announced.
Six other area players were taken in the first draft: Spider Thomas (Winters, Sac State), Ron Bryant (Davis), Lowell Palmer (Norte Del Rio), Jim Nelson (Burbank), Doug Parsons (Bishop Armstrong) and Johnny Olander (Sac State). Bryant, Palmer and Nelson played in the major leagues.
McClatchy has had five: Rowland Office, Ted Wilborn, , Dion James, Nick Johnson and Steve Holm; as has Grant: Leron Lee, Leon Brown, Taylor Duncan, Rusty McNealy and Ricky Jordan.
Sac City had the longest streak of consecutive drafts with at least one player taken (1985 to 2008), but the Panthers have only had four players selected since 2009, three in 2011 and one this year.