Less than two months into his professional career, shortstop Colby Woodmansee is a New York-Penn League All-Star.
Woodmansee, a fifth-round pick out of Arizona State in June, will be joined by Brooklyn right-hander Harol Gonzalez and first baseman Peter Alonso in next Tuesday’s event at Dutchess Stadium in Hudson Valley.
Woodmansee, 21, is hitting .282 with two homers and 21 RBIs in 42 games with the Cyclones, although he does have 50 strikeouts in 163 at-bats.
Woodmansee had started since his freshman year with the Sun Devils. He hit a modest .200/.255/.318 in 28 games his first college season but then blossomed in Year 2. He was named first-team All-Pac-12 while starting all 58 games as a sophomore. He lifted his average to .308 that year. As a junior, Woodmansee had a team-leading 44 RBIs in 59 games.
“I always get, ‘You’re a 6-3 shortstop, you’re probably going to be too tall.’ I’m just trying to prove people wrong,” Woodmansee said. “I like making the routine plays and showing the great plays once in a while, just making the life for the pitcher easier.
“I consider myself a doubles hitter. Once in a while it will get out. I struggled my second half of my junior year in college, so I came in here wanting to work on stuff -- work on trying to go the other way, which I did in college. I’ve done a great job of that here. I think it’s helping me a lot.”
Woodmansee credited attending a summer league in Bellingham, Washington, after his freshman season -- where he could tinker with his swing without pressure -- as well as the arrival of a new coach, Tracy Smith, from Indiana at that time for helping him take off.
In the opening game of his sophomore year, with the new coaching staff on board and a new stadium being christened, Woodmansee set the tone by producing a walk-off homer against No. 3 Oklahoma State.
“It was a cool thing to start off the whole year,” he said.
Woodmansee grew up in the Phoenix area.
“Me and my dad would go to ASU games when we could,” Woodmansee said. “That was always my goal growing up -- to play at Arizona State. When they offered me, I didn’t even give other schools options. I just said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to go there.’ That’s what I wanted to do. I have no regrets.”
Average: T.J. Rivera, Vegas, .349; Brandon Nimmo, Vegas, .336; Carlos Sanchez, GCL Mets, 333; Amed Rosario, Binghamton, .322; Walter Rasquin, Kingsport, .320; Gavin Cecchini, Vegas, .319; Tomas Nido, St. Lucie, .316; Reed Gamache, Kingsport, .311; Dominic Smith, Binghamton, .294; Kevin Taylor, St. Lucie, 290.
Homers: Johnny Monell, Vegas, 18; Travis Taijeron, Vegas, 17; Dilson Herrera, Vegas, 13; Marc Krauss, Vegas, 13; Dominic Smith, Binghamton, 12.
RBIs: T.J. Rivera, Vegas, 80; Travis Taijeron, Vegas, 80; David Thompson, St. Lucie, 79; Dominic Smith, Binghamton, 75; Johnny Monell, Vegas, 61.
Steals: Champ Stuart, Binghamton, 34; Patrick Biondi, St. Lucie, 21; Jacob Zanon, Brooklyn, 20; J.C. Rodriguez, Columbia, 15.
ERA: Thomas Szapucki, Brooklyn, 0.77; Harol Gonzalez, Brooklyn, 1.57; P.J. Conlon, St. Lucie, 1.90; Luis Silva, GCL Mets, 2.03; Ricky Knapp, Vegas, 2.71; Luis De Los Santos, GCL Mets, 3.14; Gabriel Llanes, Brooklyn, 3.28; Kevin Canelon, Columbia, 3.46; Merandy Gonzalez, Brooklyn, 3.54; Chris Flexen, St. Lucie, 3.66.
Saves: Corey Taylor, St. Lucie, 18; Alex Palsha, St. Lucie, 15; Paul Sewald, Vegas, 13; David Roseboom, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Binghamton, 6; Beck Wheeler, Vegas, 6.
Strikeouts: Joe Shaw, Columbia, 115; Tyler Pill, Vegas, 108; Chase Ingram, Columbia, 107; Kevin Canelon, Columbia, 95; P.J. Conlon, St. Lucie, 94.
Newly promoted T.J. Rivera is the reigning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. Rivera’s .349 average leads all minor leaguers in full-season leagues. His .323 career average in six seasons also leads active minor leaguers.
Binghamton shortstop Amed Rosario had a three-hit game Friday in his return after being sidelined 10 days with a hamstring injury.
Luis Carpio, who underwent shoulder surgery before spring training, will begin serving as a designated hitter in the Gulf Coast League for the remainder of the season. There had been concern Carpio might be lost for the year when he required the procedure. Carpio, a 19-year-old shortstop, hit .304/.372/.359 with Kingsport last season.
Left-hander P.J. Conlon earned a three-inning save Friday with St. Lucie as the Mets begin to shave his innings. Conlon will continue to make starts with the Florida State League club, although those may be capped at four or five innings. Conlon, who is a combined 11-2 with a 1.90 ERA, has logged 123 1/3 innings this season between Columbia and St. Lucie. He logged 17 innings last season with Brooklyn after a full college season at San Diego in 2015.
With the trade of Dilson Herrera, L.J. Mazzilli received a promotion from Binghamton to Las Vegas. Mazzilli is hitting .313 (5-for-16) with two doubles, an RBI, a walk and three runs scored through four games with the 51s. He hit .244 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 96 games with the B-Mets.
Sean Gilmartin (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list to start for Las Vegas on Wednesday. Gilmartin (9-5, 4.63 ERA with the 51s) last appeared in a game on July 20. Rotation fill-in Josh Zeid as well as Luis Mateo returned to Binghamton.
Binghamton first baseman Dominic Smith is hitting .352 (32-for-91) since the All-Star break. That has lifted his season average to a team-leading .294. Smith’s 12 homers already have doubled his previous career best. His 75 RBIs are four shy of matching his career high, which he set last season with St. Lucie.
B-Mets closer David Roseboom has produced 13 consecutive scoreless relief appearances, totaling 14 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit .106 (5-for-47) against him during that span.
Left-handed reliever Paul Paez, a 38th-round pick in 2013, earned a promotion to Binghamton after going 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 20 appearances with St. Lucie.
St. Lucie utility man Jonathan Johnson, who stands only 5-foot-7, reached base 11 times in a three-game span during the weekend. He has walked 133 times in 208 career games.
Third baseman David Thompson has 21 RBIs in 31 games since a promotion to St. Lucie. Along with his Columbia totals, he has driven in 79 runs this season, one shy of matching the organization lead.
Tomas Nido leads the Florida State League with a .316 average. His playing time has dipped slightly as the Mets try to reduce his catching workload late in a long season. Cuban Lednier Ricardo is the only other catcher on the roster. He has hit .168 in 34 games.
Representatives from Ballpark Digest will be on hand Thursday to present Spirit Communications Park with their 2016 Ballpark of the Year Award. The stadium is the home of the first-year Columbia Fireflies.
Columbia corner infielder Eudor Garcia had consecutive three-hit games on Sunday and Monday. He is batting .310 with four doubles and six RBIs in eight games in August.
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