Getting to CHS Field

Tony Thomas, Anthony Gallas and Mark Hamburger Selected To American Association All-Star Team

ST. PAUL, MN July 5, 2017

The St. Paul Saints have the second best record in the American Association and it has been a team effort in putting together a 28-16 record.  Three players will represent the Saints on the American Association All-Star team on July 25 in Ottawa when the American Association takes on the Can-Am League in the All-Star Game.  Saints second baseman Tony Thomas, outfielder Anthony Gallas and starting pitcher Mark Hamburger were all voted to the league’s Mid-Summer Classic.


          The 30-year-old Thomas is headed back to the American Association All-Star team for the second consecutive season with perhaps an even better year this season than last.  He is hitting .303 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI while playing all 44 games.  In 175 at bats he’s scored 32 runs, smashed nine doubles, one triple, with a .369 on base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage for a .924 OPS.  He is tied for third in the league in home runs, fifth in total bases (97) and tied for fifth in extra base hits (21).


          Thomas’ season is highlighted by reaching base in 23 consecutive games from June 7-July 2.  He’s homered in back-to-back games twice and had a 10-game hitting streak from June 13-23.  In his 44 games, Thomas has 16 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games including two, four RBI games.


          This is Thomas’ fifth All-Star Game.  He was a mid-season All-Star in 2008 with the High-A Daytona Cubs (Florida State League), 2009 at Double-A Tennessee (Southern League), 2014 at Double-A New Britain (Eastern League) and last year with the Saints.  


          The 29-year-old Gallas might be having the best season of anyone in the American Association.  He is hitting .362 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI in 40 games.  In 149 at bats he’s scored 39 runs, slammed 10 doubles, four triples, a .439 on base percentage, .685 slugging percentage for a robust 1.124 OPS.  Gallas is first in the league in slugging percentage and OPS, tied for first in triples, second in extra base hits (24), third in batting average, tied for third in total bases (102), tied for fourth in RBI, fifth in on base percentage and tied for fifth in home runs.


          Gallas became the 19th player in franchise history to homer in three straight games on July 4 (no player has homered in four straight) and he is currently riding a six game hitting streak and scored a run in six straight. There are numerous highlights during Gallas’ season including falling a double shy of the cycle on July 5.  His RBI total rose when he collected at least one in 11 of 13 games from June 10-23, including five straight from June 10-16.  Aside from his current three straight games with a home run, Gallas also homered in back-to-back games on June 22 & 23 vs. Winnipeg.   He tied a career high with four hits, going 4-4, on June 16 and tied a career high with five RBI on May 27.  Gallas has 16 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games.


          This is Gallas’ fourth All-Star game earning the mid-season honors in 2011 with Single-A Lake County (Midwest League), 2014 with High-A Carolina (Carolina League) and in 2015 at Double-A Akron (Eastern League).


          The ace of the Saints pitching staff, and one of the top pitchers in the American Association for the last two seasons, the 30-year-old Hamburger is off to another dominant year and was selected to his second straight American Association All-Star team.  He is 8-1 with a 2.89 ERA with three complete games and a shutout in 10 starts.  In 78.0 innings pitched he’s walked 14 and struck out 52 while opponents are hitting .268 against him.  Hamburger leads the league in wins, innings pitched, at bats against (310) and batters faced (326), tied for first in complete games, tied for second in shutouts, third in win percentage (.889), tied for third in starts and tied for eighth in ERA.


          Hamburger has won his last six starts and set the American Association career record for complete games with his 15th on June 19.  He set the record in his 48th start while Ben Moore, who held the record with 14, did it in 121 starts.  Hamburger has gone at least 6.2 innings in all 10 starts and at least 8.0 innings in five of 10 starts.  He has allowed three earned runs or less in six of 10 starts.


          This is Hamburgers second All-Star selection.  He started the 2016 All-Star Game at CHS Field for the North Division and pitched a scoreless inning.


          The 2017 All-Star Game will match the American Association against the Can-Am League on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:05 p.m. central at RGCT Park in Ottawa.  The All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Monday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. central and the home run derby will follow at 7:00 p.m. central.  The Can-Am roster will be announced on Thursday, July 6.  The entire American Association All-Star roster is below:


1B – Kevin Keyes (Kansas City)

2B – Tony Thomas (St. Paul)

3B – Wes Darvill (Winnipeg)

SS – Nate Samson (Sioux City)

C – Dashenko Ricardo (Lincoln)

DH – Matt Chavez (Wichita)

OF – Anthony Gallas (St. Paul)

OF – Harrison Kain (Wichita)

OF – Josh Romanski (Winnipeg)

Utility – TJ Mittelstadt (Wichita)

C – Martin Medina (Wichita)

RHP – Mark Hamburger (St. Paul)

LHP – Tyler Alexander (Fargo-Moorhead)

RHP – Patrick Mincey (Cleburne)

RHP – Charle Rosario (Gary SouthShore)

RHP – Dylan Thompson (Sioux Falls)

RHP – Ryan Chaffe (Winnipeg)

RHP – Scott Carroll (Kansas City)

LHP – James Russell (Texas)

LHP – Kevin McGovern (Winnipeg)