FARGO, N.D. The North Division-leading RedHawks will have six players representing the North Division at the American Association All-Star Game July 23 in St. Paul. Devan Ahart and Leo Pina earned starting spots,pitchers Geoff Broussard and Sebastian Kessay were each picked by North Division manager Rick Forney, and Correlle Prime and T.J. Bennett were named as reserves. Bennett was a late addition to the roster, replacing Saints outfielder Max Murphy, whose contract was recently purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Here are the six RedHawks players named to the 2019 North Division All-Star roster:
(3B) Leobaldo Pina (2nd) Hitting .320 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 51 games. In 194 at bats has scored 32 runs, 15 doubles, a .381 on base percentage, and .515 slugging percentage. He leads the league in games at third base (50) and fifth in doubles (15).
(OF) Devan Ahart (1st) Hitting .303 with three home runs and 38 RBI in 52 games. In 198 at bats has scored 34 runs, ripped 10 doubles, three triples, 26 walks, stole 10 bases, a .389 on base percentage, and .429 slugging percentage. He is second on his team in walks, stolen bases, and third in batting average.
(UTL) Correlle Prime (2nd) Hitting .291 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 49 games. In 189 at bats has scored 41 runs, has 11 doubles, a .349 on base percentage, and a .519 slugging percentage. He is tied for second in the league in runs.
(UTL) T.J. Bennett (1st - replacing Max Murphy) Hitting .289 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 51 games. In 194 at bats has scored 32 runs, crushed 16 doubles, a .359 on base percentage, and a .464 slugging percentage. He is tied for second in the league in doubles.
(RHP) Geoff Broussard (2nd) 1-2 with a 1.80 ERA and 14 saves in 23 relief appearances. In 25.0 innings pitched has struck out 29 while opponents hit .260 against him. He is second in the league in saves and reliever points (40) and third in games finished (21).
(LHP) Sebastian Kessay (1st) 6-0 with a 3.76 ERA in 10 starts. In 50.1 innings pitched has struck out 57 while opponents are hitting .236 against him. He is tied for first in the league in win percentage (1.000)
The RedHawks will be represented by six players, the Saints have six the Milkmen have four, the Dogs and Goldeyes with three each and the RailCats have one.
Each team is made up of 23 players. The North All-Stars are comprised of the six teams from the North Division. Along with the Saints, the North is represented by the Chicago (IL) Dogs, Fargo-Moorhead (ND) RedHawks, Gary SouthShore (IN) RailCats, Milwaukee (WI) Milkmen and Winnipeg (MB) Goldeyes. The South All-Stars are made up of the six from the South Division which include the Cleburne (TX) Railroaders, Kansas City (KS) T-Bones, Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs, Sioux City (IA) Explorers, Sioux Falls (SD) Canaries, and Texas AirHogs. The Saltdogs lead the South with five players, the Explorers, T-Bones, Canaries and Railroaders each have four, and the AirHogs with two.
The All-Star starters were selected through a vote of each of the 12 managers, a media member from all 12 teams and each teams executive. The 10 pitchers and four reserves were selected by the respective managers, the Saints George Tsamis for the North and T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra for the South. As the runner-up in last seasons playoffs Tsamis is rewarded with managing the North and Calfapietra, whose T-Bones won the American Association Championship last season, will coach the South.