Three Jays Honored by Eastern League

The Eastern League of Professional Baseball announced on Thursday the 2006 Eastern League All-Star Team, as voted on by respective Eastern League team managers and coaching staffs, sportswriters, radio and television broadcast personnel and other members of the media. Three members of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats were named to the team.

(Statistics for games played through August 23, 2006)

Catcher: Curtis Thigpen: (.259, 5 HR, 36 RBI) New Hampshire catcher Curtis Thigpen batted .259 with 25 doubles, five triples, five homers, 49 runs scored and 36 RBI in 87 games with the Fisher Cats this season before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse on August 18th. At the time of his promotion the 23-year old was leading the team in walks (52) and was ranked among the league leaders in on-base percentage (.370). Curtis, who was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the June 2004 draft out of the University of Texas, was named to the Northern Division roster for the 2006 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Shortstop: Manuel Mayorson: (.282, 2 HR, 52 RBI) After spending each of the past three seasons with Dunedin in the Class-A Florida State League, Manuel Mayorson is having the best season of his career while making his Double-A debut with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The 23-year old is batting .282 with 18 doubles, one triple, two homers, 52 RBI, 44 runs scored and 12 stolen bases and also leads all of the shortstops in the league in fielding percentage (.971), committing only 12 errors in 413 total chances. Mayorson has been incredibly consistent this season, collecting hitting streaks of five games or more seven different times this year, including a season-high 13-game streak from May 24-June 8. Manuel, a native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, has been especially impressive in August, batting .358 during the month.

Outfielder- Adam Lind (.310, 19 HR, 71 RBI) At the time of his promotion to Triple-A Syracuse on July 25th, New Hampshire Fisher Cats outfielder Adam Lind was threatening to become only the fifth player in the history of the Eastern League to win the Triple Crown. The 23-year old was leading the league in home runs (19), RBI (71), extra-base hits (43) and slugging percentage (.543) and was ranked second in batting average (.310) before departing New Hampshire. Lind was named to the Northern Division roster for the 2006 Eastern League All-Star Game, was selected as the Eastern League Player of the week for the week ending May 28th.

The announcement of the Eastern League season ending awards winners will start on Friday, August 25th with the announcement of the winners of the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year, the Eastern League Rookie of the Year and the Eastern League Manager of the Year. The winner of the Eastern League Most Valuable Player Award will be announced on Wednesday, August 30th.

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