Six members of the River City Rascals were named to the Frontier League's West Division All-Star Team on Monday, including four position players who were selected to start when the game is played at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., on Wednesday, July 16.
Infielders Saxon Butler (first base), Hector Crespo (second base), and Taylor Ard (third base), along with catcher Josh Ludy were the four River City players chosen to start for the West, while Johnny Morales (shortstop) and relief pitcher Gabriel Shaw will come off the bench in the 2014 version of the Frontier League's mid-summer classic.
The most obvious All-Star selection of any player in the entire league this season was Ludy.
The former Philadelphia Phillies farmhand and first-year Frontier League player, leads the league in several categories, including home runs (15), runs batted in (48), total bases (120), extra-base hits (30), and slugging percentage (.736).
By the time the game rolls around next week, Ludy could also be leading the league in hitting.
The Woodlands, Texas native is currently second in the league with a .368 batting average.
Butler, another first-year Rascal, is second in the league behind Ludy with 39 RBIs, to go along with a .271 average and five home runs.
Crespo, a former AAA player in the New York Yankees organization, has played in every game for River City so far this season, and boasts a .295 average, with one home run, 15 RBIs, and a league-leading 21 stolen bases.
Ard, who came to the Rascals from the Seattle Mariners' farm system, is batting .339, with six home runs, 26 RBIs, and 61 total hits, which is the second-most in the Frontier League this season.
Morales, the second-year River City shortstop, will make his first all-star appearance, after posting a fantastic first-half of the season, with a .363 batting average, eight extra-base hits, and 13 RBIs.
Shaw, River City's closer, has a 3-0 record and 2.47 ERA in 24 appearances this season. He also leads the West Division with 13 saves.