The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2018 PGCBL All-Star Game. The eighth PGCBL All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 at Dunn Field, home of the Elmira Pioneers, and is presented by the Hilliard Corporation and Southern Tier Custom Fabricators.
The All-Star Game is returning to Elmira for the first time in four seasons. Much like the crowd from the game in 2014, a sellout crowd is expected at Dunn Field.
The 2014 All-Star Game, which saw the East All-Stars take a no-hitter into the eighth in a 3-1 victory, featured over 4,000 fans packing Dunn Field. The two previous All-Star Games played in Elmira have been the two most attended games in the seven-year history of the PGCBL's Midsummer Classic, and the Pioneers are consistently among the top five teams in all of summer collegiate baseball in attendance.
All-Star festivities in Elmira will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Home Run Derby, with the All-Star Game to follow. Earlier in the day, the assembled All-Stars will participate in a workout, as scouts from all 30 Major League Baseball franchises are scheduled to be in attendance.
The All-Stars are split into East and West, with the East All-Stars comprising players from the East Division (Albany, Amsterdam, Glens Falls, Oneonta, Saugerties), Mohawk Valley, and Utica. The West All-Stars will be represented by players from the West Division (Elmira, Geneva, Jamestown, Newark), as well as players from Watertown and Adirondack.
PGCBL All-Stars are nominated and selected by coaches of the teams in the East and West, respectively. Coaches selected two players at each position, three catchers, one utility player, and 12 pitchers.
The first-year Watertown Rapids lead all PGCBL teams with eight All-Stars. Watertown's delegation includes league home run leader Alex Mumme (Ursinus) and PGCBL stolen base leader Daniel Little (Richmond).
Following the Rapids on the West side are the Jamestown Jammers, who will send five players to the All-Star Game, including three players - Alex O'Donnell (Mercyhurst), Ben Livorsi (St. Louis), and Chase Keng (UTSA) - who are scheduled to start in the game. Adirondack, the host Elmira Pioneers, Geneva, and Newark will all send four players to the PGCBL's Midsummer Classic.
On the East side, the Albany Dutchmen lead the way with six selections. Lucas Dunn (Louisville), the East's scheduled starter at second base, and former league Pitcher of the Week Deaven Phillips (Tampa) lead the way for Nick Davey's club.
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, who are led by league batting average leader Ryan Hernandez (San Jacinto CC) and RBI leader Ryan Toohers (Villanova), and the Utica Blue Sox will each send five players to Dunn Field. Utica's delegation includes PGCBL ERA leader Blaise Lomon (Carl Albert State).
The Amsterdam Mohawks, Oneonta Outlaws, and Saugerties Stallions each have four representatives on the roster, while the Glens Falls Dragons round out the roster with two picks.
ABOUT THE PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 13-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs - has quickly evolved into the premier wooden-bat league in the State of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the Country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there was more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event. The league drew over a quarter million fans to PGCBL ballparks in 2017. For more information, please visit www.pgcbl.com.