The York Revolution are proud to announce that a record seven members of its team have been selected to participate in the 2010 Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by T-Mobile next Tuesday, July 6 at Suffolk County Sports Park, the home of the Long Island Ducks.
Starting pitchers Derell McCall and Jesus Sanchez, first baseman Ian Bladergroen, third baseman Ramon Castro, catcher John Pachot, and outfielders Scott Grimes and James Shanks will all represent the Revs in Central Islip, NY at the league's premiere midsummer event.
The Lancaster Barnstormers will be represented by six players at next week's Atlantic League All-Star Game, sponsored by T-Mobile, at Suffolk County Sports Park, home of the Long Island Ducks, it was announced today.
Outfielder Jason Perry, who leads the Atlantic League with 16 home runs and stands tied for the top spot in RBI with 47, is one of three position players that the Barnstormers will send to the game. The Georgia resident, who spent a brief time with the Atlanta Braves in 2008, recently tied a Barnstormers franchise record by homering in four consecutive games. Earlier this season, he reached base in 30 consecutive games. He currently stands eighth in the circuit with a .318 average.
Aaron Herr will make the start at third base for the Freedom Division. The Lancaster native and former first round draft choice of the Atlanta Braves is tenth in the league in batting with a .313 mark. He has slugged eight homers and has driven in 37 runs. Since getting off to a slow start, the Barnstormers cleanup hitter has hit at a .353 clip with all of his homers and 32 RBI in the last 39 games.
Lancaster's third position player will be shortstop Bryant Nelson. The one-time Boston Red Sox utility player is batting .253 but is having one of his best seasons in the power categories with 11 doubles, eight homers and 39 RBI. He drove in nine runs in the recent weekend series at Camden and has knocked in four runs in a game three different times this season. In addition, he has started 59 of the Barnstormers' 62 games at shortstop.
The Barnstormers will be the only Atlantic League team represented by three pitchers. Ben Fritz, who ranks among league leaders in ERA at 3.39 and tops all Atlantic League pitchers with 74 strikeouts is the one member of the Lancaster starting rotation who has been assigned to the game. Fritz' only win this season came on a complete game shutout, June 17 at Newark.
Joining Fritz will be the righty-lefty tandem of Tim McNab and Tim Hamulack out of the bullpen. McNab is 4-1 with three saves and a 2.04 ERA. The Floridian has not allowed a run in his last 12 2/3 innings and has been scored upon only twice since May 19. Hamulack is 2-3 with a pair of saves and a 2.36 ERA. He has struck out 49 batters while walking only six in 34 1/3 innings of work this season. The southpaw from York has not allowed an earned run in his last 13 1/3 innings. Saturday evening at Camden, Hamulack recorded an eight-out save, fanning seven of the nine batters he faced in a 5-4 Lancaster win over the Riversharks.