The 21-year-old was taken in the first round of the 2003 draft and had amassed a .531 slugging percentage coming into the season. The selection marks his second consecutive appearance in his league's all-star game.
Eric Rodland's name may not be nearly as recognizable to most Angels fans, but he has put up a very impressive year in his first season in the organization. Selected from the Tigers system in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, the second baseman has a .322 average, good for fifth in the league.
Rodland leads the Travelers with a .397 on-base percentage and has scored 27 runs for the club. He was originally drafted by Detroit out of Gonzaga University in the ninth round of the 2003 First Year Player Draft. In three seasons entering this year, he had a .284 average.