In an announcement made today by the International League, former Gwinnett Braves infielder Phil Gosselin has been named to the 2014 International League Postseason All-Star Team. Gosselin, currently with the Atlanta Braves, was selected as the IL’s All-Star Utility Player.
According to the IL announcement, Gosselin received votes as a second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, outfielder and designated hitter. He is the first Braves’ farmhand selected as the All-Star Utility Player since Randall Simon of Richmond in 1997.
Gosselin, 25, was recalled by the Atlanta Braves on July 26 after playing in 96 games with the Gwinnett Braves this season. The utility man produced impressive numbers in his second year in the International League, ranking second in the league in batting with a .344 average as of July 26. He was also among IL leaders in hits (1st, 130), total bases (2nd, 184), doubles (T-2nd, 29), triples (T-3rd, 5), OPS (4th, .866), runs (T-4th, 58), extra-base hits (T-4th, 39), on-base percentage (5th, .379) and slugging percentage (7th, .487) at the time of his promotion.
Gosselin was named to the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 2 and started at third base for the IL in the game on July 16 in Durham, NC. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the IL’s 7-3 win over the Pacific Coast League All-Stars.
Since his call-up to Atlanta, Gosselin has produced solid numbers. In 21 games with the Braves, he is batting .304 (14-for-46) with one double, one home run, six runs scored and two RBIs. He recorded his first Major League home run on August 15 against Jesse Chavez of the Oakland Athletics in the Braves’ 7-2 win.
Gosselin is the ninth Gwinnett Braves’ player to be selected to the IL Postseason All-Star Team, following designated hitter Barbaro Canizares (2009, 2010), relief pitcher Jairo Asencio (2009), first baseman Freddie Freeman (2010), outfielder Stefan Gartrell (2011), starting pitcher Julio Teheran (2011), first baseman Ernesto Mejia (2012) and outfielder Joey Terdoslavich (2013).