With a couple spots opening up on the South Division All-Star team due to either injuries or promotions, a pair of Mobile BayBears have been newly named to the Southern League All-Star Game as outfielder Collin Cowgill and relief pitcher Leyson Septimo are headed to Huntsville for Monday's contest.
Cowgill, an obvious snub from the original list of All-Stars, is the BayBears' team leader in several offensive categories including home runs (10), RBI (56) and doubles (24). He's also second in all of Minor League Baseball with 16 outfield assists. He will be joining both of his fellow outfielders, Evan Frey and Ollie Linton, at the All-Star festivities, although Linton won't be available to play because of a sore shoulder.
Cowgill, who is batting .293 with 15 stolen bases, has seemingly turned on the juice lately. He has 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats including three home runs and seven RBI. He laced four hits in the BayBears' 9-1 victory over Jacksonville on Tuesday night at the Baseball Grounds.
Septimo is only in his second full year as a pitcher after being converted from the outfield following the 2008 season. He's posted a 3.71 ERA in 24 appearances this year along with four saves. He has a bullpen-high 35 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.
Aside from two tough outings against the Mudcats, Septimo has only surrendered six runs on five hits in 22.2 innings this season. He hasn't allowed any earned runs in 14 of his last 15 appearances. This is the second straight year that Septimo has been named to an All-Star Game; he appeared in last year's MLB All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
He and Cowgill will join six other BayBears on that All-Star squad Monday, including starting pitcher Josh Collmenter, who was named as the system's top minor league pitcher in the month of June.
Collmenter, 24, has put up staggering numbers in his first nine starts with the BayBears, going 6-2 with 1.59 ERA. He didn't allow a run in his first 19.2 innings at the Double-A level and has recorded two complete games including a shutout.
In June, Collmenter posted a 3-1 mark with a 2.36 ERA. He punched out 30 hitters in 34 innings while allowing just 29 hits. His best performance of the month came against the Birmingham Barons on June 9, when he rattled off 8.1 scoreless frames in a five-hit performance with seven strikeouts.
Collmenter's strong June carried him into July as he worked a seven-inning two-hitter against the Biscuits on July 1 while fanning 10. He became the first BayBear in nearly two years to punch out 10 batters in one game.
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