By Jerry Del Priore
Columbia Fireflies starting pitchers Jordan Humphreys and Merandy Gonzalez and infielder Michael Paez were named to the South Atlantic League Southern Division’s All-Star squad, the league announced Tuesday.
The 58th annual SAL All-Star game will be play at Spirit Communications Park, Columbia’s home field, on Tuesday, June 20th.
Humphreys, a Cyclone in 2016, has been a beast for the Fireflies this season, compiling an 8-1 record with a league-best 1.40 ERA, while recording 73 whiffs and only seven walks in 57.2 innings of work.
Gonzalez, in Brooklyn last season, has been equally impressive, posting a 7-1 mark with SAL’s second-best ERA at 1.73 along with 56 strikeouts against 10 bases-on-balls.
Paez, a Cyclone in ’16, has been wielding a hot bat, hitting .306 (tops on the club) with six round trippers and 33 RBI.
In addition, the Miami, Florida native has laced 19 doubles, tied for first in the SAL, and is second in the league in extra base hits with 27.
The other players on the Souther Division All-Star team include relief hurler Max Kuhns and infielder Dash Winningham. Plus, manager Jose Leger and three members of his Columbia coaching staff: pitching coach Jonathan Hurst, athletic trainer Kiyoshi Tada and strength and condition coach Tanner Miracle.
Please visit www.ColumbiaFireflies.com for more information on the game and team.