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Chihuahuas’ Kennedy, Urias Named to Pacific Coast League All-Star Team

El Paso Chihuahuas pitcher Brett Kennedy and infielder Luis Urias have been named Pacific Coast League All-Stars. The 2018 Huntington Bank Triple-A All-Star Game presented by Gildan will take place on Wednesday, July 11 in Columbus, Ohio; home of the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland).

The roster is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by club’s field managers and general managers, members of the media and broadcasters, and online fan voting. The elected players are joined by 20 additional All-Stars selected by Pacific Coast League officials.

Marty Pevey, the Iowa Cubs’ winningest manager, will skipper the roster featuring players from all 16 clubs, including a League-high four from both the affiliates of last year’s World Series – the Fresno Grizzlies (Houston) and the Oklahoma City Dodgers (L.A. Dodgers).

Nearly half of the players on the roster (16-of-33) have yet to appear in a Major League game, while 15 of the players are 25-years-old or younger.

Memphis pitcher Dakota Hudson, tabbed by MLB Pipeline as the St. Louis Cardinals No. 3 prospect, was the League’s top vote-getter and will get the start. The PCL’s ERA and wins leader will become the fifth hurler in franchise history to start a Triple-A All-Star Game, and the first since Chris Gissell in 2005.

Oklahoma City southpaw and the League’s top strikeout artist Manny Banuelos was the other elected starting pitcher. Relievers R.J. Alvarez (Round Rock) and Pat Venditte (Oklahoma City) were also elected; Alvarez has a PCL-best 15 saves, while the ambidextrous Venditte has limited opponents to a .169 average.

The Fresno Grizzlies, owners of Triple-A Baseball’s second-best record, will have two starters on the infield, A.J. Reed (1B), whose 18 homers are the second-most in the League, and J.D. Davis (3B), who has hit .337. New Orleans’ Eric Campbell (2B) and Sacramento’s Chase d’Arnaud (SS) will draw the start up the middle; Campbell has reached base at a .430 clip, while d’Arnaud has scored 52 runs.

Getting the start behind the plate is Milwaukee farmhand Christian Bethancourt (Colorado Springs). Omaha’s Frank Schwindel, his team’s top run producer, will be the designated hitter.

Jabari Blash (Salt Lake), the PCL’s top home run hitter and off a three-homer performance against Reno on June 27, was the top vote-getter in the outfield. He will be joined by Albuquerque’s Mike Tauchman and Reno’s Socrates Brito. Tauchman has posted a .355 batting average and a .626 slugging percentage, totals that rank in the top three in the PCL.

Brito will be making his first Triple-A All-Star appearance. He has topped all hitters in the League with a .358 average. Blash, Tauchman and Brito also make up three of the four players that enter PCL action today with an OPS north of 1.000.

The reserves are highlighted by three of MLB Pipeline’s top 30 prospects in the sport, Fresno outfielder Kyle Tucker (No. 9), Oklahoma City outfielder Alex Verdugo (No. 28) and El Paso infielder Luis Urias (No. 30).

Rounding out the positional reserves are catchers Rocky Gale (Oklahoma City) and Garrett Stubbs (Fresno), infielders Josh Fuentes (Albuquerque), Nick Martini (Nashville), Nate Orf (Colorado Springs) and Patrick Wisdom (Memphis) and outfielder Zach Borenstein (Las Vegas).

Kansas City farmhand Trevor Oaks (Omaha), sporting a 2.05 ERA, leads the pitcher reserves. Right-handers Shawn Armstrong (Tacoma), Zac Gallen (New Orleans), D.J. Johnson (Albuquerque), Brett Kennedy (El Paso), James Naile (Nashville), Daniel Poncedeleon (Memphis), Tyler Rogers (Sacramento), Bobby Wahl (Nashville) and southpaw Alberto Baldonado (Iowa) are the other hurlers receiving All-Star nods.

The PCL will look to claim their second consecutive All-Star victory after last season’s 6-4 triumph at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Renato Nunez (Nashville) earned PCL Top Star honors after mashing the decisive three-run homer. In the 20 years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format, the International League has taken 12 of the 20 contests.

Chihuahuas Outfielder Nick Buss Named Triple-A All-Star

El Paso Chihuahuas outfielder Nick Buss was selected to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team Wedneday, the Pacific Coast League announced.

Buss is batting .380 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 55 games played this season. The 30th annual Triple-A All-Star Game will take place in Tacoma on Wednesday, July 12.

Additionally, the Pacific Coast League released Wednesday its 30-man roster for the 30th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played at the Tacoma Rainiers’ Cheney Stadium.

The contest will be broadcast live on MLB Network beginning at 6:00 p.m. PDT. The PCL’s winningest modern-day manager, Fresno Grizzlies’ Tony DeFrancesco, will skipper the roster comprised of players from all 16 clubs. 13 players were elected to the team by balloting of the club’s field managers and general managers, members of the media and broadcasters, with the remaining 17 selected by league officials.

The youthful roster features an average age of 25 years, with 27 of the players born in 1990 or later. Five players are among Baseball America’s top 100 prospects and 12 have yet to make their Major League debuts. The Reno Aces, owner of the PCL’s best record, and Oklahoma City Dodgers each have a league-best four representatives.

Reno is slated to have three starters; outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, the overall top vote-getter, will be joined by DH Christian Walker and reliver Jimmie Sherfy. Arcia is hitting .347 and pacing the league in on-base percentage (.427), slugging percentage (.686) and OPS (1.113). Walker has also helped drive an Aces offense that has scored 48 more runs than the next best team.

The Pennsylvania native has a PCL-high78 RBI and 45 extra-base hits. Sherfy, the catalyst in the bullpen, has collected a club-best nine saves and sports an impressive 35:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Infield reserve Ildemaro Vargas, who has topped the league with 24 doubles and 64 runs on the year, will round out the quartet of Aces.

The Dodgers are highlighted by Wilmer Font, who will become the third pitcher in franchise history to start the Triple-A All-Star Game, following Jarred Cosart in 2013 and Aaron Myette in 2002. The righty leads Minor League Baseball with 112 strikeouts, punching out 12.55 batters-per-nine innings, while limiting opponents to a .212 batting average.

Willie Calhoun will draw the start at second base; he has collected 37 extra-base hits and totaled 157 bases this season. Alex Verdugo, the team’s leader in hits (88), has been elected as the third outfielder. The Dodgers reserve is reliever Madison Younginer.

The right-hander has held hitters to a .168 average, allowing only 7.8 baserunners-per-nine innings, both of which lead PCL non-starting pitchers.

The Iowa Cubs and Fresno Grizzlies each have multiple selections. Iowa’s Victor Caratini garnered the most votes among catchers. He will be making his third career MiLB All-Star appearance after hitting .343 through the first 68 games.

Right-hander Seth Frankoff was the second elected starter. The North Carolina native has the best WHIP (1.01) and batting average against (.204) among league hurlers. Matt Carasiti, recently acquired from the Colorado Rockies, received the most votes among relivers. The Connecticut native has 13 saves, the most in the league – and all came as a member of the Albuquerque Isotopes.

The Grizzlies Colin Moran, who leads the club with 57 RBI and is tied for the team-high with 17 home runs, will line up at third base. Astros prospect Derek Fisher received the second-most votes among outfielders and will start alongside Arcia and Verdugo. The left-handed hitter, ranked among the game’s top 100 prospects by multiple outlets, is among league leaders in slugging (.581) and total bases (155).

Garrett Cooper, representing division-leading Colorado Springs, will be one of two remaining starters. The Auburn product ranks among PCL leaders in multiple offensive categories, including a .357 average. The PCL’s starting shortstop will the Las Vegas 51s’ Amed Rosario. A consensus top 10 prospect in the game, the 21-year-old has collected 98 hits while dazzling on defense.

The reserves are led by three Memphis Redbirds and three Nashville Sounds. Catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed starter Luke Weaver and left-handed reliever Ryan Sherriff will represent the American Southern Division leaders.

Their division rivals will send right-handed starters Paul Blackburn and Chris Smith, who are second and fourth in the league in ERA, respectively, along with the PCL’s home run leader, Renato Nunez.

The host club Tacoma Rainiers have two selections. Infielder Daniel Vogelbach and right-handed reliever Jean Machi get to play in front of the home crowd. Nick Buss (El Paso), Noel Cuevas (Albuquerque), Raul Mondesi (Omaha), Brett Nicholas (Round Rock), Tyler Rogers (Sacramento), Troy Scribner (Salt Lake) and Drew Steckenrider (New Orleans) fill out the reserves and are their club’s lone representative.

The PCL will look to snap a four-game All-Star Game skid. They dropped a 4-2 decision last year to the International League in Charlotte. The IL has taken 11 of the past 14 games and has gone 12-7 in the 19 years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format.

The winner of this year’s game will again earn the right to have its champion play as the home team in the Gildan Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday, September 19 at the site of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ PNC Field.

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