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For the first time since 2005, MCU Park (known then as KeySpan Park) is hosting the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. With some of the baseball’s future stars making their way to Coney Island for this year’s game, we take a look at who will be representing their teams in the 10th annual NYPL All-Star Game.
The host team, the Brooklyn Cyclones will be well represented during this year’s game, sending six players that will play on the South team. Marcos Molina has been a gem on the mound, dominating opposing batters with his explosive fastball, while also being able to mix in off-speed pitches and catch them off-guard. The 19-year-old, Santiago, DR native ranks second in the NYPL with a 1.78 ERA and .191 batting average against, ranks first in strikeouts with 61, and leads the league in WHIP (0.90).
Joining Molina from Brooklyn are shortstop Amed Rosario, lefty pitcher Shane Bay, right-handed pitcher Corey Oswalt, and third baseman Jhoan Ureña. Ureña and Rosario have been staples for Tom Gamboa’s club on the left side of the infield. After a great season with the Kingsport Mets, Rosario was named the top prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America. Meanwhile, Ureña has had a spectacular season at the plate, with two 13-game hitting streaks, he joined Angel Pagan and became the second player in franchise history to have two hitting streaks of 10 or more games in the same season.
Brooklyn’s rivals from across the bridge, the Staten Island Yankees will also be sending a handful of players to this summer’s game, being represented by position players. Catcher Luis Torrens, catcher Isaias Tejeda, second baseman Ty McFarland, and first baseman Connor Spencer will all represent the Baby Bombers.
While Tejeda is a catcher, his bat is what earned him a spot on this year’s South team. Thus far he has batted .301, which is good enough for second-best on the team, and starting in late June, Tejeda went on a tear, racking up a 20-game hitting streak to bump his average up 117 points. Meanwhile, fellow catcher Luis Torrens is the youngest player in this year’s game, but what he lacks in experience he makes up for with skill. The 18-year-old Venezuelan has been successful both offensively and defensively at the plate. His .304 batting average leads the Yankees; while his .439 (18-41) caught stealing percentage is third best in the league.
Keeping with the McNamara division, the Hudson Valley Renegades will have the most players representing a club at this year’s game, sending seven players to Coney Island. First baseman Casey Gillaspie, second baseman Jace Conrad, third baseman Coty Blanchard, outfielders Hunter Lockwood and Bralin Jackson, pitchers Nolan Gannon and Hunter Wood will all be donning North jerseys during the game.
Several players from the Renegades make up some of the top players in the league. Hunter Lockwood ranks atop several offensive categories, he leads the league in runs batted in (40), home runs amongst active players (13), slugging percentage (.551), runs scored (38), and ranks second in extra-base hits with 26. Meanwhile, Casey Gillaspie was the first round pick for the Tampa Bay Rays during this year’s draft back in June, and is regarded as one of the organization’s top prospects. Other players like Conrad, Blanchard, and Jackson have been great on the base paths, all three are in the top five for stolen bases, with Blanchard leading the league with 20.
While the Aberdeen IronBirds are having a rough season, three players, third baseman Austin Anderson, outfielder Jay Gonzalez, and pitcher David Hess will represent them. Gonzalez, who was a 10th round pick in this year’s draft has been one of the more consistent players, batting .267 while also contributing in the field, committing no errors in 86 chances.
Second baseman Darren Seferina, shortstop Robelys Reyes, pitcher Will Anderson, and pitcher Kyle Grana will all represent the first place State College Spikes of the Pinckney Division this year on the South team. Seferina has been one of the best players for the Spike this season, leading the team with a .289 batting average, and two triples, while ranking second with a .356 on-base percentage. He also joins the slew of Renegades that are atop the stolen bases list, ranking in the top 10 with 12 stolen bases.
The team with the fewest all-stars this year is the Auburn Doubledays. This year, only two players will represent the team, playing for the North. First baseman, Jose Marmolejos-Diaz and pitcher Mario Sanchez will be on hand at MCU Park. Marmolejos-Diaz has been one of the team’s top performers, compiling a .262 batting average, tied for the team high with 45 hits, while ranking second with 24 runs batted in and 11 doubles, and leading the team with 20 walks.
Four players, split between outfielders, and pitchers, will represent Williamsport. With his powerful bat, Jiandido Tromp has quickly one of the league’s best hitters batting a team high .274, while also leading his team with 51 hits, 12 home runs. His 12 home runs rank him second in the league amongst active players, as does his .554 slugging percentage, and 26 extra-base hits.
The Batavia Muckdogs will have a nice four-player contingent on Coney Island, represented by second baseman Mason Davis, catcher Rodrigo Vigil, and relief pitchers Alex Carreras and Michael Mader. Davis has been a great contributor to this year’s Muckdogs squad; the switch hitter is leading his team with a .329 batting average, 54 hits, 10 doubles, eight stolen bases, while tied for the team lead in runs batted in and home runs.
With the second fewest players, the Jamestown Jammers are sending three all-stars to Brooklyn this year. First baseman Kevin Ross, outfielder Carl Anderson, and relief pitcher Sam Street will represent the Jammers. Anderson is another guy who has been hot when on the base paths, stealing 14 bases this season, which is fifth best in the league.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will have four players on this year’s South team, catcher Francisco Mejia, outfielders Taylor Murphy and Greg Allen, as well as southpaw Sean Brady. Brady is the top left-handed pitcher in the league; he is in fifth place with a 2.62 ERA, while boasting the fifth lowest batting average against (.218) amongst starters. After a five run outing to start the season, Brady has bounced back in a big way, only giving up more than two earned runs once in ten starts, while throwing four shutouts.
The Tri-City ValleyCats are having a great season as they lead the Stedler division, and this season, catcher Jamie Ritchie, second baseman Nick Tanielu, outfielder Derek Fischer, and pitcher Ryan Thompson will be the four players representing the ValleyCats. Ritchie who has played in 31 games is batting .393 with 21 runs batted in, nine doubles, and an impressive .504 on-base percentage.
Last year’s all-star game hosts, the Connecticut Tigers will be another well-represented club at this year’s game, sending four players down from Norwich, CT. Third baseman Joseph Pankake, outfielder Michael Gerber, as well as pitchers Chase Edwards and Johan Belisario will all play for the North in this year’s game. All season long Gerber has been one of the league’s best players, despite a small slump recently, he is still batting .297 and ranks in the top five for extra-base hits (23), slugging percentage (.511), and runs scored (33).
The Lowell Spinners will have three players representing their team and playing for the North this year. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon, outfielder Danny Mars, and pitcher Carlos Pinales will take the field on August 19th. Both Mars and Pinales have been stellar all season, leading the league in their respective categories for some time. Mars leads the league with a .344 batting average, and ranks third with his .400 on-base percentage, while Pinales leads the league with 13 saves, going 13-for-14 in save opportunities this season.
Last but certainly not least, we have the Vermont Lake Monsters who will have three players representing their club this year. Shortstop Yairo Munoz, second baseman Joe Bennie, and pitcher Fernand Cruzado will be in Brooklyn and playing for the North. Munoz has been one of the best hitters in the league, batting .301, which puts him in the top 10 for average, while he leads his team in hits, doubles, home runs, and stolen bases.
Tickets just start at just $10 for this year’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game, don’t miss out on seeing some of baseball’s stars of tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the MCU Park Box Office, by calling 718-507-TIXX, or by visiting BrooklynCyclones.com.