NILES - The New York-Penn League and the Connecticut Tigers announced on Monday the 2013 NYPL All-Star Game rosters. There are 18 position players and 10 pitchers who will represent both the American and National League at Dodd Stadium on Aug. 13.
The American League squad will feature five Scrappers players, including two left handed pitchers and three infielders.
Starting the game for the American League will be first baseman Nellie Rodriguez and shortstop James Roberts. Rodriguez, one of the youngest players in the league, is currently hitting .320 and ranks in the top five in the New York-Penn League for home runs (7), RBIs (30), hits (54) and total bases (87). Roberts has found success throughout the Scrappers lineup and is currently hitting .310 through 26 games played.
Rounding out the Scrappers infield All-Star selections is second baseman Claudio Bautista. Bautista is hitting .286 with 12 doubles and 17 RBIs on the season.
Left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo enters August leading not only the Scrappers pitchers staff but the entire New York Penn League with an ERA of 1.30. Through 41 innings pitched, the lefty has given up 30 hits, eight runs, six earned runners, eight walks, and has struck out 22 batters. Joining Lugo on the American League roster will be fellow lefty Matt Whitehouse. Whitehouse has excelled this season for the Scrappers and has the lowest ERA out of the bullpen at 0.39. Whitehouse has given up 13 hits and six runs, with only one being earned. He has walked two and struck out 17 batters in 23 innings in nine total appearances.
The American League squad will be coached by the Connecticut Tigers (Detroit Tigers) staff, and the National League will be coached by the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) staff.
The players also will be part of the festivities at the All-Star Gala at Mohegan Sun on Monday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m., and the All-Star Luncheon at Holiday Inn Norwich on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at noon.
More information on these events is available at cttigers.com. Tickets are available by calling the Dodd Stadium Box Office at 860-887-7962.