Pirates minor leaguer Ramon Cabrera has been named to Topps' Class A All-Star Team.â†µ
Ramon Cabrera (22), of El Tigre, Venezuela, led the Florida State League with a .343 batting average. The Bradenton Marauders catcher was also among the league leaders in on-base percentage (.410), OPS (.881) and slugging percentage (.471). The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Cabrera as a non-drafted free agent in April 2008.â†µ
Cabrera hasn't gotten much love as a prospect, mostly because he's extremely short and squat, but he had a great season and wasn't too old for the Class A+ level. He'll presumably be at Class AA Altoona in 2012.â†µ
Another inclusion on the team is Morgantown and West Virginia University product Jedd Gyorko, who hit .365/.429/.638 for Class A+ Lake Elsinore in the Padres system, then continued to hit pretty well upon being promoted to Class AA San Antonio. John Sickels ranked Gyorko the Padres' 10th-best prospect entering the season; he'll surely take a leap forward this year.â†µ
For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Padres, there's Gaslamp Ball.â†µ
Via Jenifer Langosch.