The 2013 Frontier League All-Star rosters have been announced for the July 17 game. The votes came from all 14 league general managers, field managers, coaching staffs, broadcasters and local members of the media. The Washington Wild Things and CONSOL Energy Park will be the host of the 2013 All-Star Game Presented by 84 Lumber.
The West division first-place Gateway Grizzlies landed seven players on the team, including three starters. Schaumburg was next with five players and three starters and Windy City placed four players on the team.
The 2013 visiting West division starters:
1B: Mike Schwartz – Normal CornBelters
2B: Marquis Riley – Joliet Slammers
SS: Pat McKenna – Normal CornBelters
3B: Chris McClendon – Gateway Grizzlies
C: Mike Valadez – Schaumburg Boomers
OF: Jon Meyers – Gateway Grizzlies
OF: Antone DeJesus – Gateway Grizzlies
OF: Sean Mahley – Schaumburg Boomers
DH: Steve McQuail – Schaumburg Boomers
McQuail and Meyers are tied for the league lead in home runs with 11. McKenna is second in the league in RBI with 38.
The West pitching staff features Ryan Demmin of the Normal CornBelters, Drew Rucinski of the Rockford Aviators, Tim Brown, Zac Treece and Ja’Vaun West of the Gateway Grizzlies, Michael Click of the Windy City ThunderBolts, Nick Kennedy from the River City Rascals, and Chris Phelan of the Schaumburg Boomers.
Rucinski is leading the way with 69 strikeouts so far on the year. Demmin is second in the league with 59 strikeouts.
The reserves for the West are Phil Wunderlich and Curran Redal of the River City Rascals, Adam Davis, Mike Torres and Ryan Soares of the Windy City ThunderBolts, Pat McKenna of the Normal CornBelters, Gerard Hall, Sean Mahley, Steve McQuail and Mike Valadez of the Schaumburg Boomers, and Antone DeJesus, Landon Hernandez, Chris McClendon and Jon Meyers of the Gateway Grizzlies.
The East division will be the home team in the 2013 All-Star game. Their team is highlighted by the Lake Erie Crushers, who placed six players on the team including two starters. The Evansville Otters have five players, including two starters, and the Florence Freedom has four players with one starter.
The 2013 home East division starters:
1B: Balbino Fuenmayor – Frontier Greys
2B: C.J. Beatty – Washington Wild Things
SS: Taylor Wrenn – Traverse City Beach Bums
3B: Andrew Davis – Lake Erie Crushers
C: Emmanuel Quiles – Lake Erie Crushers
OF: C.J. Henry – Evansville Otters
OF: Stewart Ijames – Washington Wild Things
OF: John Schultz – Evansville Otters
DH: Byron Wiley – Florence Freedom
Fuenmayor is leading all of the Frontier League this season with a .359 batting average. Davis is tied for the league in home runs with 11.
The East pitching staff includes Scott Dunn of the Traverse City Beach Bums, Ryan Zamorsky and Bryce Morrow of the Evansville Otters, Michael Oros and Jorge Marban of the Florence Freedom, Dave Middendorf and Matt Rein of the Lake Erie Crushers, and Preston Vancil of the Southern Illinois Miners.
Oros is leading all pitchers in the Frontier league with a 1.33 ERA while Dunn is leading everyone in wins with nine.
The reserves for the East division are Gerardo Avila and Carlos Mendez of the Southern Illinois Miners, Max Casper and Daniel Bowman of the Lake Erie Crushers, Junior Arrojo of the Florence Freedom, Marcus Nidiffer of the Traverse City Beach Bums, and John Nester of the Evansville Otters.
Torres was named an All-Star for the fourth consecutive year while Davis made the team for the third time, having also been selected in 2010 and 2011. Returning to the game from the West for the second consecutive year are McKenna, Hernandez, Brown, and Mahley. From the East, returning All-Stars are Arrojo and Nidiffer. McClendeon was also named to the team for a second time, having been an All-Star in 2011.
The West division will be managed by Phil Warren and the coaching staff from the Gateway Grizzlies. Gateway has secured first place in the West and has earned the right to coach in the All-Star game. This is the second time that Warren has been selected to manage the game with the previous time coming in 2007 at Florence. The East division manager and coaching staff has not been determined as there are four teams that are only separated by a game and a half.
The final three spots on both teams will be selected by the mangers of each team and will be announced Thursday, July 11.
The 2013 Frontier League All-Star game will take place at CONSOL Energy Park, the home of the Washington Wild Things. All the information on the game and events surrounding the week can be found at http://www.washingtonwildthings.com/all_star/index.