On Baseball: Three Fishers named all-stars
MANCHESTER -- Three New Hampshire Fisher Cats will be working through this year’s Eastern League all-star break.
Relief pitchers Dustin Antolin and Randy Boone, and second baseman Jon Berti were named to the Eastern Division all-star team, which will face the Western Division all-stars on Wednesday, July 16 in Altoona, Pa. The rosters for each team were announced Monday.
Antolin, 25, is in his second season with the Fisher Cats and entered Monday night’s game against New Britain with a 3-3 record and a 2.66 ERA. He began the season by allowing six runs in his first six games, but has surrendered one run in his last 19 innings (14 appearances). He was Toronto’s 11th-round selection in the 2008 draft out of Mililani (Hawaii) High School.
Berti, 24, entered Monday’s game leading the Fisher Cats in batting average (.262) and stolen bases (26). He also ranked second on the team with 30 RBIs and 41 runs scored. Berti, who is in his first season with the Fisher Cats, was the Blue Jays’ 18th-round selection in the 2011 draft out of Bowling Green State University.
Boone, 30, is in his fifth season with the Fisher Cats and moved into second place in the franchise’s career wins list (18) when he earned the win in Sunday’s victory over Trenton. Boone has a 2.67 ERA with nine saves and 29 strikeouts this season. Toronto selected Boone in the seventh round of the 2007 draft out of the University of Texas.
The all-star teams were selected through fan voting along with selections from media personnel, club field personnel, and Eastern League administrators. Each Eastern League team is represented by at least three players, including at least one pitcher and one position player.
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THE Portland Sea Dogs, Boston’s Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League, had five players named to the Eastern Division all-star team: pitcher Brian Johnson, pitcher Henry Owens, second baseman Sean Coyle, infielder Derrik Gibson and catcher Blake Swihart.
• Coyle was hitting .355 (71-for-200) with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs through 59 games this season. He entered the season ranked as Boston’s No. 30 prospect, according to Baseball America.
• Gibson, who has played both the infield and outfield this season, ranked ninth among Eastern League players in hitting ( .321) through 65 games. The Red Sox selected Gibson in the second round of the June 2008 draft.
• Johnson, who joined the Sea Dogs on May 2 from High-A Salem, is 7-1 with a 1.73 ERA (12 ER/ 62 1/3 IP) in 11 starts. Baseball America had Johnson ranked as Boston’s No. 14 prospect at the start of the 2014 season.
• Baseball America ranked Owens, 21, as Boston’s top pitching prospect and No. 2 prospect overall when the season began. He leads the Eastern League in wins (12), ERA (2.21), strikeouts (111), complete games (three), shutouts (two), WHIP (1.03), and average against (.183).
• Swihart, 22, is hitting .294 (80-for-272) with 16 doubles, nine home runs, and 44 RBIs in 71 games this season. He also leads the league in throwing out attempted base stealers this season (25-for-47).
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THE Fisher Cats began Monday night’s game having won four in a row and 10 of their last 11. New Hampshire had also won nine in a row at home. The franchise record for consecutive home victories is 10. That record was established in 2004, when the team played at Gill Stadium. … Shortstop Kevin Nolan entered Monday’s game with 15 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.455). … After playing five games against New Britain, the Fisher Cats will play five games at Portland before the all-star break. … Tonight’s probable starters are New Britain’s Tyler Duffey (3-2, 4.41) and New Hampshire’s Daniel Norris (1-0, 3.31).