Lakewood BlueClaws

Starter Luke Leftwich of the Lakewood BlueClaws has been named to the South Atlantic League All-Star squad for the Northern Division

Three times this season, right-hander Luke Leftwich has reached double-digits in strikeouts. That, plus an impressive 2.15 ERA on the season have helped Leftwich to be added to the Northern Division team for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

BlueClaws right-hander Luke Leftwich has been added to the Northern Division roster for the 57th South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be played Tuesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky.

Leftwich joins second baseman Josh Tobias and outfielder Jose Pujols as BlueClaws All-Stars, with Pujols being the starting right fielder for the Northern Division stars.

Leftwich, who turned 22 on June 9th, is 6-3 with a 2.15 ERA (through games of June 17th). He ranks fourth the league in ERA and leads the league with 80 strikeouts, in addition to being tops among league starters with 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

The Laguna, California product has thrown at least seven innings on three occasions this year, including eight scoreless innings against Lexington at FirstEnergy Park on June 5th. Leftwich also has three double-digit strikeout games, including 11 strikeouts on two occasions; the BlueClaws had only one double-digit strikeout game since the beginning of the 2013 season prior to his three this year.

Drafted in the seventh round last year from Wofford College, Leftwich spent last year with Williamsport in the NY-Penn League, going 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA.

Leftwich's addition means the BlueClaws have now had 56 players named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in their 15 year history.

Luke Leftwich's career stats

2015 Williamsport 2 2 2.76 11 9 45.2 52 20 14 1 13 34 1.423 2.62
2016 Lakewood 6 3 2.15 11 11 62.2 53 17 15 0 17 80 1.117 4.71
All Levels (2 Seasons) 8 5 2.41 22 20 108.1 105 37 29 1 30 114 1.246 3.80
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Generated 6/18/2016.

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