Peoria Sends Two to All-Star Game

Peoria, IL - The 2007 Midwest League All-Star rosters have been announced for the June 19th All-Star Game at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, IL home of the Kane County Cougars. The Peoria Chiefs will be represented by pitchers Jake Renshaw and Alex Maestri on the Western Division roster. Closer Rocky Roquet was also selected but has since been promoted to the Florida State League.

Renshaw has stepped into the number one spot in the Chiefs rotation after joining the team in early April. He is 5-2 in nine starts this year with a 3.83 ERA to go along with 43 strike outs and 17 walks. He has limited opposing batters to a .228 average against him. The 21 year old California native won his first three decisions and is 3-1 against the Western Division. He beat first place Beloit in his last start on Saturday allowing four runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Maestri, has split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen this season due to injuries on the Chiefs staff. In 14 appearances this season, four of which were starts, Maestri has posted a 3-3 record with a 4.08 ERA. He has struck out 25 and walked just five batters in 35 1/3 innings pitched. Voted to the team as a reliever, Maestri is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and two saves in 10 games out of the bullpen. After making three starts, the Italian native returned to the bullpen this weekend.

Roquet converted all 11 of his save chances in 2007 before being promoted to High-A Daytona on May 27th. Roquet allowed just one earned run in 25 innings of work in 2007 to give him an ERA of 0.36. He recorded 29 strikeouts and allowed just 11 walks in 25 innings. Rocky also had a scoreless streak of 21 2/3 innings broken on May 21st in a game against Lansing. Since being promoted, Roquet has gone 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three appearances while with Daytona.

The Midwest League All-Star Team is chosen by a vote of league managers. To even the teams, Wisconsin will play with the East squad this season. Among those who could get the call as a replacement if a selected player is injured or promoted are 3B Josh Lansford (.290 Avg, 9 2b, 26 RBI), 1B Russ Canzler (.262 Avg, 4 HR, 8 2b, 21 RBI), C Wellington Castillo (.257 Avg, 4 HR, 19 RBI) and OF Alfred Joseph (.257 Avg, 5 2b, 18 RBI, 30 Runs, 9 SB).

The Clinton Lumberkings have the most players on the West roster with eight players, including three starters. Quad Cities, Beloit and Cedar Rapids, each have six players while Kane County has four and Burlington two.

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