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Five RedHawks Named to NL All-Star Team

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks had five players named to the 2009 Northern League Post-Season All-Star Team, as voted on by select league personnel and managers. Making the team are C Alan Rick, 3B Jeremiah Piepkorn, SS Zach Penprase, OF Nic Jackson and OF Mike Coles. 
 
The RedHawks led the way with five players selected to the squad. The Winnipeg Goldeyes had three players named, while the Gary SouthShore RailCats, Kansas City T-Bones, and Joliet JackHammers were each represented by one player. The Schaumburg Flyers did not have any players named to the team.
 
Overall, nine of the 11 players also represented their respective teams in the mid-season All-Star Game on July 7th at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, IL. In addition, two players were selected for the second consecutive year.
 
The selection process consisted of each club receiving nine ballots which were distributed to any/all of the following qualified voters: Field Manager, Pitching Coach, Hitting Coach, Veteran and LS-5 Players, Club President and/or Vice President, General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Media Director, and Radio Announcers.
 
The entire 2009 Northern League Post-Season All-Star Team is listed below.
 
CATCHER
Alan Rick
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
  • Tied for fifth in league in HR (18)
  • Fifth in league in CS/SB AGST (23.6%)
  • Northern League All-Star Team in 2008
  • Named Player of the WEEK (Aug. 3rd)
 
FIRST BASE
Freddie Thon
Joliet JackHammers
  • Tied for fifth in league in HITS (116)
  • Tied for second in league in AT BATS (384)
  • Tied for league lead in GAMES PLAYED (95)
  • Starting first baseman for Great Lakes Team in ’09 Northern League All-Star Game
  • Named Northern League All-Star Game M.V.P.
 
SECOND BASE
Josh Asanovich
Winnipeg Goldeyes
  • Third in league in Second Baseman FIELDING PCT (.978)
  • Reached base safely in 27 consecutive Goldeyes home games
  • Starting second baseman for Great Plains Team in ’09 Northern League All-Star Game
 
THIRD BASE
Jeremiah Piepkorn
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
  • Led league in AVG (.339) & HITS (123)
  • Second in league in TOTAL BASES (204) & SLUG PCT (.562)
  • Third in league in HR (19) & RBI (73)
  • Named Player of the MONTH (August)
  • Named Player of the WEEK (Aug. 31st)
 
SHORTSTOP
Zach Penprase
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
  • Led league in RUNS (100) & SB (45)
  • Second in league in SB PCT (.849)
  • Third in league in BASE ON BALLS (56)
  • Starting shortstop for Great Plains Team in ’09 Northern League All-Star Game
 
OUTFIELD
Nic Jackson
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
  • Led league in RBI (97) & SB PCT (.867)
  • Third in DOUBLES (26) & TOTAL��BASES (196)
  • Eighth in league in AVG (.310)
  • Starting centerfielder for Great Plains Team in ’09 Northern League All-Star Game
  • Named Player of the MONTH (July)
  • Named Player of the WEEK (July 27th)
 
OUTFIELD
Mike Coles
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
  • Led league in DOUBLES (28)
  • Third in league HITS (121), RUNS (77) & ON-BASE PCT (.409)
  • Fourth in league SB (27)
  • Played left field for Great Plains Team in ’09 Northern League All-Star Game
 
OUTFIELD
Aharon Eggleston
Kansas City T-Bones
  • Led league in HITS (123) & AT BATS (387)
  • Fifth in league in AVG (.318) & Runs (74)
  • Named Player of the Week (May 25th)
  • Northern League All-Star Team in 2008
 
DESIGNATED HITTER
Juan Diaz
Winnipeg Goldeyes
  • Led league in HR (29), TOTAL BASES (213), SLUG PCT (.598), & GAMES (95)
  • Second in league RBI (90)
  • Sixth in league AVG (.317)
  • Starting DH for the Great Plains Team in ’09 Northern League All-Star Game
  • Named Player of the Week (July 20th & Aug. 10th)
 
RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER
Ace Walker
Winnipeg Goldeyes
  • Led league in WINS (12) & CG (6)
  • Second in league in ERA (3.32) & IP (149.0)
  • Third in league SHUTOUTS (1) & GS (21)
  • Named to the Great Plains Team in ’09 Northern League All-Star Game
  • Named Pitcher of the MONTH (June)
  • Named Pitcher of the Week (June 15th & Aug. 3rd)
 
LEFT-HANDED PITCHER
Tony Cogan
Gary SouthShore RailCats
  • Led league in STRIKEOUTS (105), IP (150.0), SHUTOUTS (2), & GS (22)
  • Fourth in league ERA (3.60)
  • Named to the Great Lakes Team in ’09 Northern League All-Star Game
  • Named Pitcher of the MONTH (July)
  • Named Pitcher of the Week (July 20th & July 27th)


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