Three Isotopes Selected to PCL All-Star Team; Tauchman to Start
Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Mike Tauchman , third baseman Josh Fuentes and right-handed reliever D.J. Johnson were named to the 2018 Pacific Coast League All-Star Team. The PCL will play the International League All-Stars July 11 at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.
This is the first time the Isotopes have had three players on the All-Star team since 2012, and Tauchman is the first Isotope elected to start since outfielder Matt McBride in 2015.
Tauchman ranks second in the PCL with a .355 batting average and .626 slugging percentage. The 27-year-old from Palatine, Ill. has 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 53 games. Tauchman was the PCL's Player of the Month for May after hitting .379 with a 1.125 OPS. The outfielder represented Tri-City as a 2013 Mid-Season All-Star for the Northwest League.
Fuentes, 25, is the cousin of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Fuentes leads the PCL with 102 hits and nine triples while also ranking among the league leaders in games played (2nd - 76), at bats (2nd - 312), total bases (2nd - 160) and RBI (3rd - 59). Fuentes has 16 doubles, nine triples and eight home runs, the only player in Minor League baseball with at least eight doubles, triples and home runs. He was named to the Double-A Eastern League Post-Season All-Star team last season.
Johnson, 28, is tied for second in the PCL with 11 saves and ranks third with 22 games finished. The Oregon native has the third-highest K/9 ratio among PCL relievers at 13.10 (49k/33.2ip). Johnson's save total is a career high, surpassing his previous best of 10 from 2011 with Rookie Level Missoula. Johnson was named a 2016 Texas League Mid-Season All-Star while with Arkansas.