Carlos Peguero, Brian Moran to represent Tacoma Rainiers in Triple-A All-Star Game

News Tribune news servicesJuly 2, 2013 

One is the team’s top power hitter. The other strikes out more than a batter per inning.

And that is why the Pacific Coast League-leading Tacoma Rainiers are sending slugger Carlos Peguero and reliever Brian Moran to the Triple-A All-Star Game.

The game between the PCL and International League is set for July 17 at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev.

In his eighth season with the organization, Peguero, 26, will be making his first Triple-A All-Star appearance. He ranks seventh in the PCL in home runs (13) and sixth in runs batted in (54) in 65 games.

Moran, 24, is also selected for the first time. The left-hander is the bullpen leader with a 2.41 earned-run average, and has struck out 58 hitters in 41 innings. His 12.7-strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio is second among PCL relievers.

For his career with the Rainiers, Moran – a seventh-round pick out of North Carolina in 2009 – owns a 3.12 ERA through 53 games.

Last season, the Rainiers also sent two players to the Triple-A All-Star Game – designated hitter Luis Jimenez and catcher Guillermo Quiroz. Neither player is still with the team.

"Being named to the All-Star team is always a great honor, whatever league you’re in," Tacoma manager John Stearns said. "Carlos Peguero is in the top 10 in RBI, and he’s certainly deserving. Brian Moran has had a miraculous year so far, throwing strikes with three pitches and striking out a ton of hitters. He’s just been a really good left-handed middle reliever in our bullpen. Both those guys are deserving and we’re extremely proud that they’ve been selected to play in the All-Star Game."

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