Fresno’s Brady Rodgers was named the Pacific Coast League’s starting pitcher and Grizzlies closer James Hoyt and right-hander Mike Hauschild also were chosen to represent the team at the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 13 in Charlotte, N.C.
Rodgers, a 25-year-old right-hander, leads the PCL in WHIP (1.03) and fewest batters walked per nine innings (1.09), issuing 10 bases on balls in 13 starts while striking out 80 over 82.2 innings. He is second in ERA (2.83) and strikeouts per nine innings (8.71).
It will be the second professional All-Star nod for Rodgers, a Houston Astros 2012 third-round draft pick who earned midseason honors with High-A Lancaster of the Cal League in 2013.
In four June starts, Rodgers was 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA, striking out 30 while walking two in 28.1 innings. He’ll become the first pitcher in the Fresno franchise’s 19 seasons to start the Triple-A Game.
0.60 WHIP for Fresno Grizzlies right-hander Brady Rodgers in four starts in June
Hoyt, a right-hander who was a 2014 Double-A All-Star for the Mississippi Braves of the Southern League, leads the PCL in saves (19), and his .138 average against is the best of any pitcher among Triple-A’s 30 clubs. Hoyt has struck out 68 in 38.1 innings.
Hauschild is just 5-7 but has the PCL’s fifth-lowest ERA at 3.02 entering July. He went 2-1 with a 1.45 ERA, striking out 25 while walking six, in 31 innings in five June starts.
The PCL team, managed by Las Vegas 51s skipper Wally Backman, will face its International League counterpart with the first pitch at 4 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark, home of the IL’s Charlotte Knights. MLB Network will broadcast the game.
Triple-A All-Star rosters are decided by equal parts fan popular vote, manager and coaching staff ballot, and media ballot from each club’s market.
Among the IL stars is outfielder Aaron Judge, the ex-Fresno State star now with the New York Yankees’ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club. He has a league-best 16 home runs, including nine in June. He is tied for third with 47 RBIs.
Columbus’ Chris Tremie is the IL manager.
The International League has won six of the past seven games, including the past three. Overall, the IL owns an 11-7 advantage since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format.