Orioles prospect Ryan McKenna is in the final vote for the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game this weekend despite being one of the top offensive performers on the circuit.
McKenna, the team's No. 8 prospect according to Baseball America, was batting .378/.500/.649 with seven extra-base hits and a 1.149 OPS, good for second in the league, entering Monday's game.
But when the Fall Stars roster was announced Monday, McKenna and the Orioles' other six entrants into the league — infielder Steve Wilkerson, catcher Martin Cervenka and pitchers Chris Lee, Jay Flaa, Tanner Chleborad and Tyler Erwin — were left off it.
McKenna was announced as part of a three-man ballot for the final two spots on the West Division team, along with New York Yankees outfielder Thairo Estrada and Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez. Fans can vote at MLBFallBall.com until 2 p.m. Thursday, and the top two vote-getters will participate in the game.
McKenna, who broke out at High-A Frederick this year before struggling to adjust at Double-A Bowie after a midseason promotion, is the Orioles' standout performer there so far. Wilkerson is batting .270 with a .774 OPS in 11 games, and Cervenka is 5-for-27 (.188) in seven games. Lee, who is working as a starter after finding success late in the year as a reliever, has allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings over three starts.
Chleborad has seven strikeouts and a 1.63 WHIP while allowing three runs in eight innings, Flaa has walked nine against three strikeouts while allowing five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, and Erwin has nine strikeouts and seven walks in six innings, allowing three runs.