Another Honor For Peralta

Jhonny Peralta and Ernie Young of the Indians' Class AAA farm team in Buffalo have been named to the 2004 Topps Triple-A All-Star Team.<br><br> The Sacramento River Cats, AAA farm team of the Oakland Athletics and winners of the Pacific Coast League title, were the only other club with two players voted to the squad.<br><br>

The River Cats were represented by Dan Johnson, a power-hitting first baseman in his fourth pro season and his first at the Triple-A level, and catcher Mike Rose, a 10-year professional.

Peralta is the youngest man on the squad at age 22, while Young, 35, in his 15th pro season, is the oldest.

Last week, Peralta was named the MVP of the International League by Topps. He and Young helped the Bisons win the league championship.

Half of the team are 25 or younger. Johnson, outfielder Jason Kubel and second baseman Chris Burke were Triple-A rookies, while Peralta, outfielder Matt Diaz and third baseman Garrett Atkins had one season or less at the top minor-league level. Kubel, also 22, had never played above Class A until this season and finished the season in the majors with the Minnesota Twins.

It was the second year in a row that Johnson was honored by Topps. He was on the Double-A All-Star team in 2003 while playing in the Texas League for Midland. Atkins had been named to the 2000 Topps' Short Season-A/Rookie squad while earning Player of the Year honors with Portland of the Northwest League.

2004 TOPPS TRIPLE-A ALL-STAR TEAM

POS., PLAYER, CLUB (AFFILIATE) HR RBI AVG.

C Mike Rose, Sacramento (A's) 6 49 .281
1B Dan Johnson, Sacramento (A's) 29 111 .299
2B Chris Burke, New Orleans (Astros) 16 52 .315
3B Garrett Atkins, Colo. Springs.(Rockies) 15 94 .366
SS Jhonny Peralta Buffalo (Indians) 15 86 .326
OF Matt Diaz, Durham (Devil Rays) 21 93 .332
OF Jason Kubel, Rochester (Twins) 16 71 .343
OF Adam Riggs, Salt Lake City (Angels) 29 90 .331
DH Ernie Young, Buffalo (Indians) 27 100 .299

PITCHERS
POS, PLAYER, CLUB (AFFILIATE) W-L ERA

RHP Ben Hendrickson, Indianapolis (Brewers) 11-3 2.02
LHP Scott Downs, Edmonton (Expos) 10-6 3.52
Relief Matt Whiteside, Richmond (Braves) 2-4, 3.23, 38 saves

The Topps Double-A All-Stars will be announced on Nov. 16.

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