Nearly 20 NECBL Alumni Named Minor League All-Stars
June 15, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) News Release
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - The first round of Minor League All-Star games will be played between June 18th and June 28th. The New England Collegiate Baseball League will be well represented when Major League stars of tomorrow take those fields.
In Double-A, the Southern League All-Star game will take place on June 21. Pitcher Tyler Skulina (2011 Keene) representing Biloxi and the North will square off against fellow twirler Stephen Peterson (2009 Newport) from Tennessee and the South. Skulina is holding hitters to a .249 average against in his 13 starts while Peterson is a remarkable 7-0 with a 2.29 ERA coming out of the bullpen.
One week later, Arkansas 1B Frank Schwindel (2012 Keene) will suit up for the North in the Texas League All-Star game. The St. John's product bopped nine homers and drove in 31 during his first 51 games.
The Carolina League-California League All-Star game also takes place on June 21, highlighting top talent in High-A. San Jose 1B Chris Shaw (2013 New Bedford) and Lancaster C Garrett Stubbs (2013 Plymouth) of the California League host Carolina P Evan Phillips (2013 Laconia), Myrtle Beach P Jake Stinnett (2012 Danbury) and Potomac OF Alec Keller (2013 Mystic) from their Carolina counterparts.
The 6'4" Shaw is living up to his first round draft pick status by posting a .535 slugging percentage. Stubbs, a former Johnny Bench Award winner, has an equally impressive OPS of .870.
In 19 appearances, Phillips has seven saves and a 1.09 ERA, thanks to a microscopic .81 WHIP. Stinnett has yielded three or fewer earned runs in eight of his 10 starts while Keller has nine steals and 38 RBI in 56 games.
The Florida State League All-Star game will be played on June 18. Representing the North are Lakeland P Adam Ravenelle (2012 Newport) and Dunedin 1B Ryan McBroom (2013 Laconia). They square off against the South and Jupiter OF John Norwood (2012 Newport).
In 25 innings, Boston native Ravenelle has 31 strikeouts and three saves while McBroom is hitting .325 over his last 10 games. Norwood has 11 extra base hits and eight steals this season.
Both Class A All-Star games take place on June 18. The South Atlantic League's brings intrigue when 2014 Danbury Westerner battery C Tyler Sanchez and P Andrew Schwaab play each other. Joining Hickory's Sanchez on the North will be Hagerstown P Mariano Rivera (2014 Laconia). Teaming up with Charleston's Schwaab on the South is Columbia 2B Vinny Siena (2014 North Adams).
Schwaab is 4-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 13 saves in 22 appearances while Connecticut native Siena has 13 doubles and a gaudy .441 OBP. Sanchez brings an impressive .370 OBP into the game. Rivera has 18 strikeouts in his last 15 innings of work.
At the same time as the Sally League game, 600 miles to the northwest, the Midwest League will be hosting their All-Star game. Clinton pitcher Darrin Gillies (Newport) from the West will take the mound against two fellow alumni of the 2013 NECBL- Lake County P Thomas Pannone (Ocean State) and Bowling Green 2B Jake Cronenworth (Holyoke).
Lefty Pannone is 4-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts while Cronenworth's .330 average is one of the best in the Midwest League. Gillies' posted a sparkling 1.27 ERA and .79 WHIP in his first 35 innings of work.
The New England League congratulates all of these All-Stars and looks forward to watching their continued success as they climb professional baseball's ladder.
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