The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) is pleased to announce the roster for the West Division for the upcoming 2017 PGCBL All-Star Game, which will be hosted by the Amsterdam Mohawks at Shuttleworth Park on Tuesday, July 18.
The six-team West Division is made up by the Adirondack Trail Blazers, Elmira Pioneers, Geneva Red Wings, Jamestown Jammers, Onondaga Flames and Newark Pilots. In the previous five PGCBL All-Star Games played in an East vs. West format, the West has been unable to secure a victory over its counterparts from the East, a trend they’ll be looking to break this summer.
The West will be managed by Elmira’s first-year head coach, Brian Hill. His Pioneers have seven selections in the 2017 PGCBL All-Star Game, headlined by infielder Troy Dixon (Samford), who was the starter at third base in the 2016 Midsummer Classic. Houston Roth (Ole Miss), the right-hander who established a new league record with 20 strikeouts in a complete-game victory in June, is one of the two Elmira pitchers included on the team.
The league-leading Jamestown Jammers rightfully have the most All-Star honorees from either division with nine. Of those nine, four were elected last summer, too. Catcher Christ Conley (Canisius), first baseman Ben Brookover (UTSA), outfielder Skyler Valentine (UTSA) and right-handed pitcher Cory Blessing (Ohio) are all representing the West for the second consecutive season.
The PGCBL’s newest franchise, the Onondaga Flames, earned five All-Star nods: middle infielder Alex Canty (Monroe C.C.), outfielders Gage Lanning (Canisius) and Kyle Gallagher (Cornell), and pitchers Matthew Bowman (SUNY Broome C.C.) and Trent Schulte (Gonzaga).
Representatives from both divisions were voted on by the league’s head coaches.
2017 West Division All-Stars
RHP – Colin Johnston (Monroe C.C.) – Jamestown Jammers
In addition to the annual All-Star Game, this year’s festivities will include the first-ever PGCBL Prospect Game, which is designed to showcase players who were not elected to the All-Star Game but are among the best professional prospects on their respective teams. The 2017 PGCBL Prospect Game will kick-off the events on Tuesday, July 18, beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. at Shuttleworth Park.
The West Division Prospect team boasts yet another UTSA product playing for the Jamestown Jammers in southpaw Bradley Griggs (UTSA). Second-year Newark Pilot Will Allocca (Virginia) will see time behind the plate and share catching duties with Jamestown backstop Connor Rule (Kansas State). Of all the major Division I programs represented on the Prospect Team, it is in fact Ithaca College, a Division III institution that qualified for the NCAA Tournament out of the Empire 8 Conference this spring, who leads all schools with two selections on the West Division Prospect Team. Onondaga teammates and brothers Sam and Webb Little (Ithaca) will each have a chance to show off their tools next Tuesday.
West Division Prospect Team
RHP – T.J. Stuart (Manhattan) – Elmira Pioneers
* - Indicates players who are unable to participate due to injury or availability.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2017 PGCBL All-Star Game should contact Amsterdam Mohawks President and General Manager Brian Spagnola at [email protected] or by phone at (518) 791-7546. More information can also be found on the team’s website, www.amsterdammohawks.com.
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