Five Saints To Represent North In American Association All-Star Game August 2 At CHS FieldST. PAUL, MN July 20, 2016
The hometown crowd will have plenty to cheer about at the 2016 American Association All-Star Game, presented by CHS, at CHS Field on August 2. The St. Paul Saints will have five players in the mid-summer classic as first baseman Angelo Songco, second baseman Tony Thomas, outfielder Alonzo Harris, starting pitcher Mark Hamburger and closer Ryan Rodebaugh were all selected among the 22 North All-Stars.
The 27-year-old Songco is hitting .294 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 59 games. In 211 at bats he has scored 44 runs, has nine doubles, two triples, a .428 on base percentage and .512 slugging percentage for an impressive .940 OPS. He has played in every Saints game and has played more games than anyone in the American Association. He is second in the league in walks and tied for fifth in on base percentage. He leads all first basemen in games played at first (58), total chances (510) and putouts (472). His season has been highlighted by tying a franchise record with two doubles and five RBI on June 10 at Sioux Falls and finishing a triple shy of the cycle on June 17 at Winnipeg.
The 30-year-old Thomas is hitting .305 with 10 homers and 43 RBI in 57 games. In 220 at bats he’s scored 36 runs, roped 16 doubles, three triples, has a .368 on base percentage and a .541 slugging percentage for a solid .909 OPS. He is currently third in the league in extra base hits (29) and fifth in total bases (119) and slugging percentage (.541). He began the season on a torrid pace and hasn’t let up. After not collecting a hit in the first game he then collected a hit in the next 26 games from May 20-June 15 and reached base safely in 37 straight from May 20-June 27, both league highs. He also had an impressive streak of recording an RBI in a career high 10 straight games from June 5-15.
The 27-year-old Harris is hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 55 games. In 238 at bats he has scored 41 runs, clubbed eight doubles, two triples, swiped 26 bases, a .335 on base percentage and .496 slugging percentage for an .831 OPS. He leads the league in stolen bases and is tied for fourth in home runs. He has been one of the hottest hitters in the league recently, hitting safely in a career high 15 straight from July 3-18. He had a string of five straight multi-hit games from July 3-7 during that streak. He hit two home runs on June 18 at Winnipeg and hit a walkoff home run on June 13 against the Sioux City Explorers. He had a career tying high four RBI on May 22 vs. Gary SouthShore Railcats.
The 29-year-old Hamburger is currently a perfect 10-0, the first pitcher in Saints history to accomplish the feat, with a 2.75 ERA and four complete games in 12 starts. In 95.0 innings pitched he’s walked just 11 and struck out 56 while opponents are hitting .251 against him. He has been named the Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week twice this season, for the week of May 23-29 and from July 4-10. He is first in the American Association in wins, complete games, innings pitched and winning percentage and sixth in ERA. He has nine career complete games, one shy of tying the franchise record held by Charlie Ruud (2005-09).
The 27-year-old Rodebaugh is 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 14 saves in 22 relief appearances. In 23.0 innings pitched he’s walked just five and struck out 32, with a WHIP of 1.00, while opponents are hitting a miniscule .207 against him. He has converted 14 of 15 saves and currently leads the league in saves and reliever points (42) and is second in games finished (21). He has eight hitless relief appearances and five perfect relief appearances and has not allowed an earned run in 19 of 22 relief appearances.
The North All-Stars are comprised of the four teams from the North Division and four Central Division teams. Along with the five Saints players the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks also have five representatives, the Sioux City Explorers, and Central Division leading Lincoln Saltdogs, each have three, the Gary SouthShore Railcats have two and the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Kansas City T-Bones and Sioux Falls Canaries all have one representative.
The North All-Stars were selected through a vote of each of the eight managers from the North and Central Division, with the three reserves and each pitcher selected by Sioux City Explorers, and Central Division manager, Steve Montgomery. As the runner-up in last season’s playoffs Montgomery is rewarded with managing the North and will bring his coaching staff of Pitching Coach Bobby Post and Hitting Coach Matt Passerelle. Joining them on the coaching staff will be Saints Manager George Tsamis.
Below is the starting nine, including designated hitter, three reserves and 10 pitchers for the North All-Stars. The starting pitcher will be named by North Manager Steve Montgomery, at a later date.
1B Angelo Songco (St. Paul Saints) – .294-11-35. He is 2nd in the league in walks (39) & T5th in on base percentage (.428). He leads all first basemen in games played at first (58), total chances (510) and putouts (472).
2B Tony Thomas (St. Paul Saints) – .305-10-43. He is currently 3rd in the league in extra base hits (29) & 5th in total bases (119) & slugging percentage (.541).
3B Josh Mazzola (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) – .296-15-57. He is 1st in the league in RBI, 2nd in home runs & 3rd in total bases (126).
SS Nate Samson (Sioux City Explorers) – .369-4-40. He is 1st in the league in batting average & on base percentage (.454), 2nd in hits (79) & sacrifice flies (7), T2nd in doubles (21) & 3rd in stolen bases (20) & stolen base percentage (.952). He leads all shortstops in total chances (282), assists (178) and double plays (43).
C Jose Gonzalez (Gary SouthShore Railcats) – .275-4-16. He is 2nd on the team in slugging percentage (.420), 3rd in on base percentage (.347) & T4th in doubles (7). He is 3rd in the league in caught stealing percentage (27.5%)
OF David Rohm (Winnipeg Goldeyes) – .341-6-46. He is T3rd in the league in hits (74) & RBI & 5th in average
OF Alonzo Harris (St. Paul Saints) – .294-12-43. He is 1st in the league in stolen bases (26) & T4th in home runs (12).
OF Keury De La Cruz (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) - .349-8-46. He is 1st in the league in at bats (261), hits (91), total bases (138), doubles (23) & extra base hits (31), 2nd in runs (48), 3rd in average & T3rd in RBI
DH Curt Smith (Lincoln Saltdogs) - .340-11-35. He is 2nd in the league in slugging percentage (.567) & 6th in average
INF Blake Schmit (Sioux Falls Canaries) – .348-4-13. He leads the team in runs scored (37) & on base percentage (.405) & 3rd in doubles (7). He is 4th in the league in average.
OF Kes Carter (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) – .306-6-32. He is 2nd on the team in on base percentage (.378), T2nd in doubles (14) & 3rd in slugging percentage (.478)
C Luis Alen (Lincoln Saltdogs) - .305-4-30. He is 3rd on the team in walks (27) & 4th in on base percentage (.394) & slugging percentage (.401). He has thrown out 20.0% of base stealers.
LHP Tyler Alexander (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) – 7-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) and one complete game. Struck out 76 in 75.0 IP while opponents hit .249 against him. He is 2nd in the league in strikeouts, T2nd in wins & 9th in ERA
RHP Colton Reavis (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) – 1-3 with a 2.61 ERA and four saves in 23 relief appearances. In 31.0 IP struck out 41 while opponents hit .222 against him.
RHP Charle Rosario (Gary SouthShore Railcats) – 5-3 with a 2.99 ERA and two complete game shutouts in 14 starts. In 87.1 IP struck out 64 while opponents are hitting .228 against him. He is 1st in the league in games started, T1st in shutouts, 2nd in innings pitched, T2nd in complete games, 3rd in strikeouts & 7th in ERA.
RHP Mark Haynes (Kansas City T-Bones) – 0-0 with a 2.36 ERA and 12 saves in 24 relief appearances. In 26.2 IP has struck out 28 while opponents are hitting .189 against him. He is 3rd in the league in saves, 4th in reliever points (36) & 5th in games finished (18)
LHP Lindsey Caughel (Lincoln Saltdogs) – 5-3 with a 2.10 ERA and one complete game in 11 games (10 starts). In 77.0 IP has struck out 77 and opponents are hitting .214 against him. He is 1st in the league in strikeouts & 2nd in ERA.
RHP Evan Reed (Lincoln Saltdogs) – 1-1 with a 0.77 ERA and 13 saves in 22 relief appearances. In 23.1 IP has struck out 24 and opponents are hitting .195 against him. He is 2nd in the league in saves & reliever points (39) & 3rd in games finished (20).
RHP Mark Hamburger (St. Paul Saints) – 10-0 with a 2.75 ERA and four complete games in 12 starts. In 95.0 IP he has struck out 56 while opponents hit .251 against him. He is 1st in the league in wins, complete games, innings pitched & winning percentage (1.000) & 6th in ERA.
RHP Ryan Rodebaugh (St. Paul Saints) – 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 14 saves in 22 relief appearances. In 23.0 innings pitched he has struck out 32 while opponents are hitting .207 against him. He is 1st in the league in saves & reliever points (42) and 2nd in games finished (21)
RHP Connor Overton (Sioux City Explorers) – 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA and eight saves in 22 relief appearances. In 27.2 IP has struck out 34 and opponents are hitting .156 against him. He is 4th in the league in games finished (19) & 5th in saves & reliever points (32).
RHP Rob Wort (Sioux City Explorers) – 2-2 with a 0.76 ERA and one save in 13 relief appearances. In 23.2 IP has struck out 32 while opponents are hitting .107 against him.
All-Star Monday begins at 6:00 p.m. on August 1 and includes the iHeart Radio Celebrity Softball Game, the Select Heartland Chevy Dealers Homerun Derby and musical acts Chris Hawkey Band and Soul Asylum. The 2016 American Association All-Star Game, presented by CHS, takes place on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets for All-Star Monday are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. They can be purchased at the Saints box office or over the phone at 651-644-6659, Monday-Friday from 9-6 or Saturday 10-2 or anytime at saintsbaseball.com.
Tickets for the 2016 American Association All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 2 begin at $5 for berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $9 for bleacher seats, $15 for the drink rail, $17 for outfield reserved, $19 for infield reserved and $21 for home plate reserved.
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