Moya named Eastern League ASG MVP
Tigers' outfield prospect hits grand slam in Western Division win
Outfielder Steven Moya, the Tigers' No. 20 prospect, hit a grand slam and was named MVP of the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday. His blast helped the Western Division defeat the Eastern Division, 5-2.
Moya represented Double-A Erie and played the entire game in right field. His fifth-inning grand slam was one of just five hits the Eastern pitching staff allowed, but it proved to be enough to secure the victory and MVP trophy.
The fifth inning began with the Eastern Division bringing on right-hander Dustin Antolin. With two outs, he walked Indians' No. 1 prospect Francisco Lindor to load the bases for Moya. The Puerto Rico native made him pay for the walk, homering to left field to give the Western Division the lead.
Four relievers, including Erie teammate Jose Valdez, combined to close out the victory. Valdez, the Tigers' No. 11 prospect, threw a perfect seventh inning and struck out one batter.
In 90 games with Erie this season, Moya is hitting .264/.293/.540 and leads the Eastern League with 22 home runs. Valdez has 12 saves and has struck out 44 batters in 32 appearances for the SeaWolves.