(Sauget, Ill.)- Phil Warren, manager of the West Division All-Star team, has named Gateway pitcher JaVaun West as his starter for the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Lake Erie’s Todd Kibby has been selected by East manager Andy McCauley to start for the East squad.
West, an Atlanta, Missouri product, is in his third season with Gateway and will be appearing in his second consecutive Frontier League All-Star Game. He’ll be starting the game at his home park. Following a breakout 2013 season, West has been among the best in the League in 2014 as well. He currently leads the league in strikeouts, with 68 to just 16 walks. In addition, his 6-1 record puts him among the league leaders. The 24 year old righty is a product of John Wood Community College and the University of Indianapolis. He has played his entire professional career with Gateway.
Kibby has pitched his way to a 5-1 record in 10 starts, leading the league in ERA with a 1.73. In 57 innings this season, Kibby has struck out 55, allowing just 49 hits and 19 walks. The Youngstown, Ohio native is in his first season in the Frontier League following 3 seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization. The lefty was selected in the 37th round of the 2011 draft out of St. Petersburg College in Florida.
The festivities surrounding this year’s event include the induction of the inaugural class of Frontier League Hall of Famers, a home run derby, a Battle of the Sexes against the Chicago Bandits of National Professional Fastpitch and more. Tickets for each event can be purchased at www.gatewaygrizzlies.com or by calling the Gateway offices at (618) 337-3000.
The Frontier League is entering its 22nd season in 2014 and features 14 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 26 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.