On Wednesday, the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A) announced its All-Stars. Included on the roster are two Astros minor leaguers: L.J. Hoes and Tyson Perez.
Hoes, a 25-year-old outfielder who was the third-round selection by the Orioles in the 2008 draft, has split time this year between all three outfield spots. Part of the return from the Baltimore Orioles on the Bud Norris trade during the 2013 season, he's bounced between the majors and the minors ever since. Despite being on the 40-man roster, he's played in only two games at the MLB level this season, and none since April 29. In 276 plate appearances over 64 games in Fresno this season, he's put up a 145 wRC+, slashing .342/.418/.475 with a 11.2% walk rate, 13.4% strikeout rate, .133 ISO, and eleven stolen bases.
Perez, also 25 years old, was the Astros' 17th-round selection out of Fresno City College in 2011. After spending the offseason with Salt River of the Arizona Fall League, he began the season in Double-A Corpus Christi, but was quickly promoted and appeared first for the Fresno squad on April 21. In 30.1 innings over 25 games, all of them coming in relief, he's struck out 22 of the 118 batters he's faced and walked just five. He boasts a 0.82 WHIP, a 2.67 ERA, and a 3.77 FIP.
This is the first All-Star game appearance for both players at any level. They - along with the other PCL All-Stars, will take on their counterparts from the International League at 7:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 15, at Werner Park in Omaha. The game will be broadcast live on MLB Network, the American Forces Network, and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network.