Six Miners Voted To 2016 All-Star Game – Southern Illinois Miners
Three position players, three pitchers voted to represent Southern Illinois in Florence next week
The Southern Illinois Miners are proud to announce that six players have been voted to participate in the 2016 Frontier League All-Star Game in Florence on July 13th, with captain Steve Marino, Aaron Gates and Craig Massey voted in as starters at third base and in the outfield, respectively, and Rick Teasley, Jarett Miller and Josh Kimborowicz making the West Division all-star roster on the mound.
Having clinched the West Division’s best record through the deadline of July 6th, Miners manager Mike Pinto and his coaching staff will coach the West Division in the game. The six players voted in are also tied for the most in the league.
A first-time all-star in his fifth season in the Frontier League, Steve Marino is having a career year for Southern Illinois at the hot corner. Named the first captain in team history this year, the Lake Grove, New York native has been leading the Miners on and off the field, hitting .304 with 11 doubles, eight homers and 40 RBIs, leading the team in all three of the latter categories and ranking inside the league’s top-10 in runs and home runs while placing just outside the top-10 in hits. Having played in every game for the Miners this season, his 40 RBIs are tied for second in the league entering play on Monday, and most among players in the West Division.
An all-star selection for the second season in a row, Aaron Gates is again having a tremendous season for the Miners in the outfield. Gates is hitting .322 through Sunday’s games with nine doubles, five homers and 29 RBIs, adding 56 total hits and 36 runs scored while also playing in every game this season. The Villa Park, California native ranks third in the Frontier League in hits and runs scored, placing in the league’s top-10 in batting average as well.
The league’s leading hitter through Sunday’s action and also an all-star selection for the second season in a row, Craig Massey earns his first nod as a member of the Miners after being named an all-star last season while playing for the Schaumburg Boomers. A versatile player who has seen time at shortstop and second base in addition to the outfield and also began the season on a 13-game hitting streak, Massey’s .360 batting average ranks first in the Frontier League, with the Bells, Tennessee native adding five doubles, four triples, four homers, 21 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Owning 22 walks compared to just 13 strikeouts this season, his .451 on-base percentage places third in the Frontier League through Sunday’s games, while his .540 slugging percentage also ranks in the league’s top-10.
On the pitcher’s mound, three of the Miners’ five starting pitchers have been voted all-stars, each for the first time. The Miners’ opening night starter, Rick Teasley has put up a tremendous season for Southern Illinois. Having thrown two complete-game shutouts this season on May 25th at Florence and June 5th vs Lake Erie, the southpaw from Port St. Lucie, Florida is 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA in nine starts this season. He leads all Miners pitchers and ranks second in the Frontier League this season with 56 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings pitched (third-most in the league) while issuing only 13 walks. He became the Miners’ all-time leader in shutouts earlier this season, and is second in Miners history in starts and innings pitched through Sunday’s games.
In his second season for the Miners, Jarett Miller has also been voted an all-star in the West Division. Miller owns a2.98 ERA through his first nine starts this season, with 41 strikeouts and only 16 walks in 54 1/3 innings pitched. The Easley, South Carolina native got off to a great start this season as well, allowing no more than two runs in each of his first seven starts, and ranks just outside the league’s top-10 in ERA.
A first-year Miner, Josh Kimborowicz is the sixth Miner to be voted into the 2016 All-Star Game. Coming to the Miners from the Tampa Bay Rays organization, “Kimbo” has put up tremendous numbers, tying for the league’s lead in wins with a 6-0 record. Ranking fifth in the league with a 2.27 ERA, he has pitched at least six innings in all but one of his eight starts, with the Miners emerging victorious in every single game he has pitched. The native of Seattle, Washington also owns 40 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings pitched.
The Southern Illinois Miners are the back-to-back Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.