The group of honorees includes starting pitchers Todd McInnis, Seth Maness and Jonathan Cornelius, all drafted this June. Catcher Juan Castillo, second baseman Joey Bergman and first baseman David Medina are returning Cardinals.
The Muckdogs sport three of the 10 NL pitchers, the most of any club. Brooklyn (Mets) leads the way for the NL with four position players chosen.
McInnis, 23, the Cardinals' 25th round pick in this June's draft from Southern Mississippi, is third in the league with his 2.12 ERA. The right-hander has fanned 32 and walked just seven in 46 2/3 innings. McInnis is holding opponents to a collective .208 batting average.
Maness is just short of having enough innings to qualify among the league leaders, but the 22-year-old right-hander's 0.52 ERA would be first in the NYPL by over a run. His opponent batting average is .163, he averages better than four groundouts to every one fly ball out and has a 27:3 strikeout to walk ratio in 34 2/3 innings. Maness was the Cardinals' 11th-round draft pick in 2011 from East Carolina.
Bergman, 23, is back for a second year with the Muckdogs and made his second NYPL All-Star Game. His .320 batting average is fifth in the league and his .394 on-base percentage is 12th. Bergman's OPS of .826 is 15th in the NYPL.
Medina is batting .300, 11th in the NYPL and his .388 OBP is 15th. The 22-year-old's .472 slugging percentage is 12th in the league and his OPS of .860 is tenth. Medina is tied for third in the NYPL with seven home runs and is third in runs scored with 33.
Batavia is currently in fourth place in the Pinckney Division with a record of 24-26. This marks the third time in four years that the Muckdogs have sent at least five players to the All-Star Game. Five Muckdogs were invited in 2008, three in 2009 and six in 2010.
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Batavia manager Dann Bilardello discusses his all-stars and pitching coach Arthur "Ace" Adams also talks about Maness and McInnis. Click on the highlighted hot links to listen to their remarks.
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