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Los Angeles Angels prospects to be named All-Stars

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Jun 19, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; TCU Horned Frogs pitcher Jordan Kipper (27) delivers a pitch against the Mississippi Rebels during game ten of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; TCU Horned Frogs pitcher Jordan Kipper (27) delivers a pitch against the Mississippi Rebels during game ten of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Angels had four more of their prospects get honored by being named to their league’s All-Star team. This brings the total to six of players  who have been named to their league’s all-star squad.

Four members of the Arkansas Travelers, the Los Angeles Angels’ Double-A Affiliate, were named Texas League All-Stars on Tuesday: first baseman Eric Aguilera, pitchers Jordan KipperTyler DeLoach (who was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday), and outfielder Cal Towey (who was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday).

The All-Star Game will take place June 28 in Springfield, Missouri, home of the Springfield Cardinals.

Aguilera, a 34th-round pick in 2013 from Illinois State, is hitting .275/.315/.450 this season and leads the team with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. Last season, Aguilera led all Los Angeles Angels minor leaguers with in home runs with 17, RBIs with 94, and was second in batting average at .313.

Kipper, a ninth-round pick from TCU in 2014, threw a no-hitter on May 17, the first for the Travelers since 2010. He issued a walk to lead off the game, then induced a double play and retired the next 26 hitters in a row.

On the season, he’s 6-3 with a 3.29 ERA and leads the Texas League with 79.1 innings pitched.

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DeLoach, a lefthander, was a 26th-round pick in 2012 from UNC-Wilmington. He is tied for the Texas League lead in holds with five and earned his first professional save this season after being converted to a reliever. He’s 2-1 with a stellar 1.72 ERA, as he’s allowed just six earned runs in 31.1 innings of work.

Towey, a 17th-round pick from Baylor in 2013, was hitting .292 with four home runs and 17 RBIs at the time of his promotion. He was fourth in the Texas League in batting, second in on-base percentage, first in triples, and second in walks, and tied for first in outfield assists.

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Some of their success is based on being older than the competition, as Towey and Aguilera are both more than a year above the average age of a Texas League player (two years in Towey’s case), but their accomplishments can’t be overlooked and any success in such a poor farm system should be celebrated.

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