Rosters revealed for New York-Penn League All-Star Game, August 15 at "The Joe!"
The New York-Penn League All-Star Game rosters were revealed on Tuesday afternoon, and the North team, which will be led by the ValleyCats coaching staff, includes four 'Cats players. Pitchers Reggie Johnson and Nathan Thompson, and outfielders J.J. Matijevic and Andy Pineda have all been selected to their first professional all-star games.
Johnson, 23, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Hampden-Sydney College in 2016. Johnson has operated exclusively as a reliever, and is 5-0 this year, with a 1.69 ERA in 12 appearances this year. In addition, Johnson has held opposing batters to .151 batting average, while striking out 28 batters in 21.1 innings.
Matijevic, 21, was selected in the Competitive Balance B portion of the 2nd round by the Houston Astros out of the University of Arizona. Matijevic has spent all of this season patrolling left field for the ValleyCats, and has hit in the second spot of the batting order for much of the year. Matijevic is hitting .261 with four home runs and 23 RBIs, while leading the team with 10 doubles.
Pineda, 20, was born in Azua, Dominican Republic and signed as an international free agent in 2014. Pineda is hitting .242 with 11 RBI's, while also stealing 13 bases this year. Pineda has also manned center field and right field this season, where he has recoreded two outfield assists this year.
Thompson, 23, was born in Santa Ynez, California and selected in the 27 th round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Oklahoma Baptist University. Thompson has spent most of the year in the bullpen, where he leads the team in innings pitched (32) and strikeouts (43). Thompson is 0-0 with a 1.41 ERA in 10 appearances, and has held opposing batters to a .214 batting average this year.
In addition, this year's All-Star game includes a number of notable players and prospects. Jhailyn Ortiz, who is rated as the 22nd best prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies system according to MLB Pipeline, will represent the Williamsport Crosscutters. Ortiz currently has seven home runs and 25 RBI's which is good for second and third place in the New York-Penn League respectively.
Zac Lowther and Brenan Hanifee of the Aberdeen IronBirds, who are rated as the 13th and 15th best prospects respectively in the Baltimore Orioles system, will also make an appearance. Lowther is 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA in seven starts, while Hanifee is 6-1 with a 2.18 ERA in eight starts.
In addition, Greg Deichmann will represent the Vermont Lake Monsters and is rated as the 18th best prospect in the Oakland Athletics system. Deichmann is hitting .321 with two home runs and 13 RBI's in 22 games this season.
The South squad will be coached by the staff of the defending New York-Penn League champion State College Spikes.
The 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game will occur on Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00 pm at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy! Festivities will begin on Monday 8/14 at 5:30pm for the All-Star Fan Fest featuring a free concert by Eli Young Band at Riverfront Park in Troy.
Prior to the game on Tuesday, there will be an autograph session with both teams presented by UpgradeToComfort.com, and a home run derby presented by Slidin' Dirty to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. One of the derby spots will be auctioned off online to one lucky fan!
For full details or to purchase tickets, visit tcvalleycats.com/allstargame, call 518-629-CATS (2287), or visit the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium box office.
The ValleyCats would like to thank their All-Star partners, The Desmond, CDPHP, Berkshire Bank, Mohawk Honda, UpgradeToComfort.com, Slidin' Dirty, the Capital Region Chamber, TD Bank, WGNA, Hudson Valley Community College, and Helmbold's Hot Dogs.
The All-Star Game and Fan Fest are supported by a grant from Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program under the Market NY initiative.
North All-Star Team:
DH: Greg Deichmann - Vermont Lake Monsters, Jordan Pearce - Connecticut Tigers
South All-Star Team:
OF: Jhailyn Ortiz - Williamsport Crosscutters, Jose Miguel Medina - Brooklyn Cyclones
P: Brenan Hanifee - Aberdeen IronBirds, Ike Schlabach - West Virginia Black Bears
P: Daniel Castano - State College Spikes, Zac Lowther - Aberdeen IronBirds