Fort Wayne closer Matt Stites and manager Jose Valentin were honored by Baseball America, which released its All-Star teams for each minor league classification on Friday. Stites was selected as the Low-A All-Star relief pitcher. Valentin was named the Low-A Manager of the Year. The list is compiled from all rosters in both the Midwest League and South Atlantic League.
Stites had 13 saves and a 0.74 ERA during the regular season. He has three saves in the playoffs.
Valentin is in his first year as a manager.
"We looked beyond the saves total in selecting Stites as our low Class A reliever of the year," said Matt Eddy, Associate Editor at Baseball America said in a statement. "His 60-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 0.58 WHIP speak volumes about his proficiency in close games."
"We honored Valentin as the low Class A manager of the year because he guided the TinCaps to the playoffs and ultimately the Midwest League finals with one of the youngest pitching staffs in the league. But, more importantly, from our perspective he did so with a team chock full of prospects, such as Austin Hedges, Jace Peterson and Joe Ross," Eddy said.