SPRINGFIELD, MA – The 2016 All Star game participants were announced today and the Valley Blue Sox will be sending five represenatives to Newport to this year’s showcase.
“We’re obviously excited for our players and the opportunity they’ll have to showcase their talents,” said Blue Sox GM Hunter Golden. “All five are deserving and we’re hoping they get the long look from pro scouts that they deserve.”
The All Star Game will be held on Sunday, July 17th at PM at Cardines field in Newport, RI. Skills competitions will begin at 1pm while the game itself will take place at 6:35pm.
This year’s Blue Sox All Stars are:
C Erik Ostberg (Hartford) – One of two local players to be selected to this year’s All Star game, Ostberg has been one of the Blue Sox most potent offensive forces this year, registering 25 hits in 24 games played. This year’s NECBL All Star Game will be Ostberg’s second in as many years – as he played in last year’s Future’s League All Star Game.
RHP Mark Washington (Lehigh) – Washington has been superb thus far for the Blue Sox this season, posting a microscopic 1.35 ERA in his first four starts. Washington has only allowed 16 hits in 20 IP this season.
DH/OF Hezekiah Randolph (New Orleans) – Not only will Randolph serve as the North Division’s alternate DH, but Hezekiah will also be taking part in this year’s Home Run Derby. He’s hit 7 doubles and 2 home runs so far this season and has developed a reputation for a charge in his bat, having taken part in the 2014 National Power Showcase in Miami.
1B Chris Starcun (AIC) – The second local player headed to this year’s All Star Game will be Chris Starcun. His 18 RBI’s not only lead the team, but have led the entire league the majority of the season. Starcun has also belted a team-high 3 HR’s so far this year.
2B Cam O’Neill (Holy Cross) – O’Neill has been one of the Blue Sox most consistent players in the 2016 campaign, posting a .286/.425/.457 line in 87 plate appearances. His .882 ranks among the highest among second basemen in the NECBL.
In addition, Blue Sox CF and Tennessee standout Brodie Leftridge is scheduled to take part in the 60-yard dash competition. Leftridge as swiped 10 bags this season and posted a 6.45 60-yard dash time by Perfect Game USA in 2014.