The Gateway Grizzlies, the host club for the 2014 Frontier League All-Star Game, which will be played at GCS Ballpark on July 16, announced on Monday that four of its players had been named to the West Division all-star team.
Shortstop Michael Wing, catcher Landon Hernandez, and pitchers Ja'Vaun West and Aaron Newcomb were the players that received the all-star call when the rosters, which were selected by the league's managers, coaches, general managers, broadcasters, and media, on Monday morning.
“All four guys are very deserving of this honor,” Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said, in a statement released by the club Monday evening. “It’s great to see them rewarded for an outstanding first half. I know they will make our fans proud.”
Wing, who came to Gateway in a late-season trade last season then re-signed with the club during the offseason, is leading the Grizzlies with a .321 batting average, while ranking second on the team with six home runs and 29 runs batted in.
The Pasadena, Calif. native and former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim farmhand, is also tied for the team-lead with 11 doubles and will start at short for the West Division team.
Hernandez will be making his third consecutive All-Star appearance and will serve as the West's backup backstop.
The 27-year-old Palm Desert, Calif. native is batting .265, with three home runs and 16 RBIs this season.
West will be making his second straight All-Star appearance.
A right-handed fireballer from Atlanta, Mo., West has a 6-1 record and a 3.23 ERA this season. He also leads the entire league with 64 strikeouts and has only walked 15 batters in eight starts in 2014.
Newcomb, a newcomer to the Grizzlies and the Frontier League, received his first all-star nod.
The Carlyle, Ill. native is tied for the league-lead with seven wins and boasts a 3.67 ERA.
The Frontier League All-Star festivities, which will include the All-Star Luncheon, the Home Run Derby, the "Battle of the Sexes" softball showcase, a charity golf event, and the All-Star Game itself, will begin on Tuesday, July 15 and conclude the following day, Wednesday, July 16.