Pair are only the tip of the All-USA iceberg
Two years ago, Manny Machado was playing shortstop for Brito High in Miami. This week, he’s starting at third base for the Baltimore Orioles and playing well, hitting .375 with three homers in his first four games.
Pitcher Dylan Bundy is also rapidly making his way up the Orioles’ farm system. He is expected to get his first start with the Orioles’ AA team at Bowie, Md., on Tuesday.
Besides a quick ride up the Orioles’ ladder, Bundy and Machado have something else in common. Bundy, who is from Owasso, Okla., was a member of the 2011 All-USA high school baseball team while Machado was on the 2010 All-USA team.
Several other recent All-USA players are performing well, in the minors or in college.
Third baseman Nick Castellanos, who is hitting .304 for the Detroit Tigers’ Class AA team in Erie, Pa., recently got tips on playing the outfield from Tigers great Al Kaline. With Miguel Cabrera playing third for the Tigers, Castellanos’ quickest path to Detroit might be in right. Castellanos was on the 2010 All-USA team while playing for Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale).
Three former All-USA players are continuing to play well through midseason minor league promotions.
Shortstop Javier Baez of Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville) might be the only 2011 second-team All-USA player to have his own shirt night this season. Baez earned that honor by hitting .333 with 12 homers and 33 RBI in 57 games with the Chicago Cubs’ Class A Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs before being promoted to high-A Daytona in Florida.
Delino DeShields, a 2010 All-USA first-team player at Woodward Academy (Atlanta), is hitting .357 after being promoted to the Houston Astros’ Class A team in Lancaster, Calif. Before that, he hit .401 with 52 RBI and 10 homers for Lexington, Ky., in the Class A South Atlantic League.
The Miami Marlins‘ top pitching prospect might be Jose Fernandez, who was a 2011 second-team All-USA player. He was 7-0 with a league-best 1.59 and 99 strikeouts for for the South Atlantic League’s Greensboro team before moving up to the Florida State League’s Jupiter team, where he is 5-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 40 innings.
Kris Bryant, a 2010 All-USA first-team player from Bonanza High (Las Vegas), leads the list of recent All-USA selections who are playing in college. Playing third base for San Diego, Bryant hit .366 this season with 14 homers and 57 RBI.
Johnny Field, a 2010 All-USA pick from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), helped Arizona win the College World Series, leading the Wildcats’ starters with a .370 average. He had 44 RBI in 257 at-bats.
Jordan Montgomery, of Sumter, S.C., was a first-team All-USA pitcher in 2010 though he wasn’t drafted. He was named a Collegiate Baseball freshman All-American this season after going 6-1 with a 3.62 ERA and only 10 walks to 57 strikeouts for South Carolina.
Another freshman All-American was Virginia outfielder Derek Fisher, who was a 2011 second-team All-USA player at Cedar Crest (Lebanon, Pa.). He started this season 0-for-11 but finished it hitting .288 with seven homers and 50 RBI and tied a school record with eight triples.
Outfielder Mason Robbins, a second-team 2011 All-USA selection at George County (Lucedale, Miss.), hit .330 with 38 RBI for Southern Miss.