Ernesto Mejia, Cory Gearrin Named 2012 All-Star’s
The wait is nearly over for the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, as the International League and Pacific Coast League have both selected their rosters for the game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, New York. The winner of the game will earn home field adavnatge for the Triple-A National Championship Game between the IL and PCL on September 18 in Durham, N.C.
Representing the International League and the Gwinnett Braves will be first baseman Ermesto Mejia and closer Cory Gearrin. Both players have been the unquestioned leaders of their respective offense and pitching staff this year .
This season, Mejia leads the G-Braves in most offensive categories including being in line for Gwinnett’s Triple Crown winner as the slugger leads the team in batting average (.311), home runs (15) and RBI (52). Alongside his stellar defense this season, making just two errors, Mejia also leads the G-Braves in runs scored (40), hits (87), doubles (20), total bases (154), on-base percentage (.369), slugging percentage (.550) and OPS (.919). Mejia recorded the longest hit-streak of the season at 13 games in the first half, and it was the second longest hit-streak in Gwinnett franchise history behind Barbaro Canizares 14-game streak.
Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess
Gearrin leads the pitching staff in most significant categories as well, including his impressive 1.34 ERA and seven saves in nine chances this season. The right-hander also boasts a spectacular 45 strikeouts to just 12 walks in 40.0 innings of work. Gearrin has a near flawless 0.89 WHIP alongside a perfect 3-0 record for the season, as he embraces his first all-star appearance in Triple-A baseball.
Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden
A handful of G-Braves are well-deserving of an all-star nod, however there is not enough room for everyone. Here is the list of some players on the International League team to make the 2012 All-Star team:
Greg Golson, Josh Phegley, Charles Leesman and Dan Johnson from the IL South leading Charlotte Knights. Jason Berken from the Norfolk Tides and Dane De La Rosa from the Durham Bulls of the IL South.
The Pacific Coast League All-Stars will be released Thursday. Stay tuned to The G-Blog….
By: Tony Piraro