April 21, 2021

Trio of Harrisburg Senators Selected to Play in Eastern League All-Star Game

On Monday afternoon, the Harrisburg Senators, the Washington Nationals’ double-A affiliate, announced via a press release that three players had been tabbed to play in the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game as members of the Western Division All-Star Team.

Infielder Cutter Dykstra and outfielder Michael A. Taylor will both be headed to Altoona, Pennsylvania to play in the game. The third member of the trio, Neil Holland, was recently promoted to triple-A so he won’t participate in the game. However, he will still be awarded the honor. For Taylor, this is his second honor of the year as he was also selected to represent the Nationals in 2014 Futures Game. 

The following is an excerpt from the press release with a little more about each player. 

Neil Holland (5-2, 3.86) The right-handed reliever has appeared in a team-high 29 games and has one save. Seventeen of Holland’s 29 outings this year have been scoreless. Only seven of the 18 runners Holland has inherited this season have scored. Holland was a New York Penn League All-Star in 2010 while pitching with the Vermont Lake Monsters. The Nationals selected Holland in the 11th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Louisville.

Cutter Dykstra has been a mainstay at second base for the Senators this season. He’s currently batting .297 with five home runs and 43 runs batted in. Dykstra is second on the Senators in average, doubles (15) and on-base percentage (.369). He was originally taken by the Brewers in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft. He was traded to the Nationals in March of 2011.

Michael Taylor is batting .327 with 18 home runs and 54 runs batted in. He’s also stolen 26 bases. Taylor is the only active member of the Eastern League to be among the top five in average, homers, RBI and steals. Taylor entered the season as the Nationals 7th-best prospect according to Baseball America. The Sens’ regular center fielder hit three home runs on April 27 against Bowie. He was the Nationals 6th round selection in the 2009 draft.

On July 16 at Peoples Natural Gas Field, Dykstra and Taylor will be suiting up to represent the Senators, and Nationals, in the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game.

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. He’s had work published on Yahoo Sports and Rant Sports, and has made several radio show appearances across the country to discuss his works. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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