AVON — The Frontier League All-Star teams were announced Wednesday and Lake Erie will have two players on the Eastern Division squad.
Starting pitcher Paul Fagan and designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer will represent the Crushers at the All-Star Game on July 11 at the Corn Crib in Normal, Ill.
It will be Fagan’s second trip to the Frontier League All-Star Game, he was also part of the Crushers inaugural all-star contingent in 2009.
In 10 starts this season, Fagan is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA. He has struck out 42 batters while walking 19 in 65 innings of work. His ERA is 8th best in the league and his strikeout total places him 10th in the league.
“Paul is well-deserving of this honor,” Crushers manager John Massarelli said. “He has proven he is one of the top pitchers in this league.”
Moldenhauer, who played for the Hagerstown Suns, the Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, was batting .298 with 16 RBIs and a league-leading 18 doubles going into Wednesday’s game against London.
“It was not something that I had really been thinking about,” said Molderhauer of a potential all-star game nod. “I try to focus on one at-bat and one game at a time but it is an honor to be recognized as an all-star.”
Over the last 10 games Moldenhauer is among the hottest hitters in the Frontier League with a .361 average and nine RBIs.
“Russell has been an outstanding player for us,” Massarelli said. “He has had a lot of big hits for us lately.”
The Eastern Division team will be led by Traverse City manager Gregg Langbehn, who will pick the final three members of the all-star team today.
The Crushers are hoping that either center fielder Adrian Ortiz, first baseman Jason Taylor or closer Jonathan Kountis could be added to the team.
Ortiz is batting .314 and is third in the league with 12 stolen bases. Taylor is the Crushers leading hitting with a .330 average with a team leading six home runs. Kountis has a 1-2 record and eight saves with an ERA of 0.66 in 27⅔ innings.
Moldenhauer will also take part in the Frontier League Home Run Derby on July 10 at the Corn Crib.
Two players that would have been all-stars, Southern Illinois’ Max Peterson and Dustin Umberger of River City joined the ranks of affiliated baseball when they had their contracts purchased by the Chicago White Sox last week.
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