Seven Grizzlies named to West All-Star team

News-DemocratJuly 8, 2013 

— The 2013 Frontier League West Division all-star team will have an orange and brown outlook.

Seven Gateway Grizzlie players have been voted onto the West Division roster for the 2013 Frontier League All-Star game to be played July 17 in Washington, Pa.

Gateway clinched the best first half record in the West with a win Sunday at Normal. That means the Grizzlies coaching staff will coach the West Division's All-Stars.

Three position players were named to the team as starters. Chris McClendon will start at third and Jon Myers and Antone DeJesus will start in the outfield. All three players have been productive at the plate and in the field this season.

McClendon is hitting .293 with 16 RBI and three home runs. He has been red-hot since returning from from the injured list in June. He also owns a .936 fielding percentage at the hot corner.

Meyers, a St. Peters, Mo. native and St. Louis University graduate, has been one of the hottest and most consistent hitters in the league this season. His .311 average is higher than any Grizzlie with at least 50 at-bats. Myers has 51 hits, 28 RBI and 15 doubles. His 11 home runs are tied for first in the league.

Grizzlie center fielder DeJesus has been excellent in the outfield all year, but his bat has gotten hot over the last month. His average is .316. He has 13 RBI and 19 walks and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.

Catcher Landon Hernandez made the team as a reserve. His average stands at .297. He has knocked in a team leading 34 RBI and has swatted 9 home runs. Hernandez is known as one of the best defensive catchers in the Frontier League and owns a .993 fielding percentage.

Three Grizzlie pitchers were voted onto the 2013 All-Star roster.

Righty Zac Treece was the 2012 Frontier League Rookie of the Year. He has been the setup man for Gateway this season and also has three saves when Gateway's closer Richard Barrett is unavailable. Treece is 5-0 with a 0.73 ERA. His devastating slider has kept hitters quiet through 24 2/3 innings this season. During that time, he has allowed just two earned runs and 11 hits.

Tim Brown, a right-hander, and St. Louis native, made the team with a 7-2 record and a 3.11 ERA. Brown has been the Gateway ace this season. He is a perfect 5-0 on the road and has thrown 72 and one-third innings overall. Brown has struck out 43 hitters and walked 12.

Another Gateway seven game winner also made the All-Star team. Right hander Ja'Vaun West. The Atlanta, Mo., native is 7-1 with a 2.26 ERA. He has struck out 41 batters during nine starts equaling 55 and two-thirds innings pitched.

Three more players will be added for each team upping the roster from 24 to 27 players.

Phil Warren will manage the West. He will make the final three picks Thursday to fill out his roster. Warren is second all-time in Grizzlies franchise history with 333 career wins. He also managed the West All-Stars in 2007.

Joining him in the dugout will be Gateway pitching coach Randy Martz, hitting coach and Nashville, Ill., native Zach Borowiak and Gateway trainer Geof Manzo.

The Frontier League All-Star Game presented by Lumber 84 will be played July 17 at CONSUL Energy Park in Washington, Pa.

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