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PGCBL announced All-Star rosters

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is proud to announce the rosters for the 2016 PGCBL All-Star Game. The 2016 PGCBL All-Star Game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 20, in Albany, New York. The game will feature all-stars from the PGCBL East taking on the all-stars of the PGCBL West. Blake Nation, who led the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to the 2015 PGCBL Championship, will lead the PGCBL East All-Stars. Matt Burch, the head coach of the Elmira Pioneers, will guide the PGCBL West All-Stars. “The PGCBL All Star Game has been a extraordinary showcase for the great young talent in our league. More than 75% of the players who participate in the game are eventually sign professional contracts,” said PGCBL President Jeff Kunion. “The Albany Dutchmen have planned a great day for the fans. It is going to be a fun filled event.” Here are the rosters for each team: East Division PitchersGriffin Roberts (Wake Forest) – Amsterdam MohawksAntonio Baglivo (Alvernia) – Oneonta OutlawsDavid Palmer (New Haven) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgsEvan Giles (Indiana State) – Albany DutchmenAndrew Kneussle (Canisius) – Glens Falls DragonsJeff Rivera (University of the Cumberlands) – Albany DutchmenChase Haney (Florida State) – Amsterdam MohawksAustin Keen (Kentucky) – Amsterdam MohawksNick Burns (Johns Hopkins) – Saugerties StallionsTroy Montemayor (Baylor) – Albany Dutchmen Starters C: Joe Genord (South Florida) – Amsterdam Mohawks1B: Chris Kwitzer (Buffalo) – Glens Falls Dragons2B: Chris Givin (Xavier) – Amsterdam MohawksSS: Alex Malsch (Wofford) – Oneonta Outlaws3B: Robbie Knightes (St. John’s) – Glens Falls DragonsOF: Ryan Hooper (UC Davis) – Glens Falls DragonsOF: Alex Thrower (Buffalo) – Saugerties StallionsOF: JJ Shimko (USC Upstate) – Albany Dutchmen Reserves C: Tanner Leenknecht (Treasure Valley CC) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs1B: Michael Ketchmark (Dartmouth) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs3B: Andrew Turner (LIU Brooklyn) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgsIF: Sean Mazzio (Wagner) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgsIF: Tyler Frank (Florida Atlantic) – Amsterdam MohawksOF: Quin Cotton (Grand Canyon) – Oneonta OutlawsOF: Kyle Ruedisili (Washington and Lee) – Oneonta OutlawsOF: Chris LaVorgna (Franklin Pierce) – Amsterdam MohawksOF: Mac Crispino (Fairfield) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgsUTL: Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) – Albany Dutchmen West Division Pitchers Taylor Ahearn (Cal State San Marcos) – Elmira PioneersConnor Donahue (UMass) – Adirondack Trail BlazersDalton Reed (West Chester) – Geneva Red WingsBrennen Smith (Canisius) – Victor RailRidersAustin Hansen (Seattle) – Elmira PioneersParker Caracci (Ole Miss) – Elmira PioneersSteve Arntsen (Manhattan) – Elmira PioneersCory Blessing (Ohio) – Jamestown JammersRyan Green (Niagara CC) – Utica Blue SoxMike Hope (Shippensburg) – Utica Blue Sox Starters C: Christ Conley (Canisius) – Jamestown Jammers1B: Ben Brookover (Texas at San Antonio) – Jamestown Jammers2B: Nick Russo (New Haven) – Victor RailRidersSS: Joe Spitaleri (LIU Post) – Utica Blue Sox3B: Troy Dixon (Samford) – Elmira PioneersOF: Franklin Jennings (Central Connecticut State) – Utica Blue SoxOF: Dale Wickham (Cornell) – Victor RailRidersOF: Skyler Valentine (Texas at San Antonio) – Jamestown Jammers Reserves C: Mitchell Clandra (Eckerd) – Utica Blue Sox1B: Tyler Plantier (UC San Diego) – Elmira Pioneers3B: Sam Fragale (Virginia Tech) – Newark PilotsIF: Greg Cullen (Niagara) – Newark PilotsIF: Chris Whelan (Parkland) – Newark PilotsOF: Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) – Utica Blue SoxOF: Nathan Koslowski (Jacksonville) – Victor RailRidersOF: Sam Fuller (St. Bonaventure) – Geneva Red WingsOF: Rob Perteet (Samford) – Elmira PioneersUTL: Kyle Cunningham (St. John’s) – Adirondack Trail Blazers The rosters for each team were voted on by coaches in the PGCBL. The All-Star Game will feature the league’s eight leading hitters in batting average and also the leaders in the six major statistical categories. Some of the league’s top sluggers will be on display with Amsterdam catcher Joe Genord, who leads the PGCBL with five home runs, slated to start at catcher for the East and reigning PGCBL Player of the Week Chris Kwitzer, who owns the league’s highest OPS, also starting for the East. The West will have leading RBI man Ben Brookover in the starting lineup and also ace pitcher Brennen Smith from the Victor RailRiders, who has struck out a league-leading 40 batters. Tickets for the All-Star Game can be purchased here. The day will also include a Home Run Derby and an autograph session. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game USA, the largest independent scouting service in the country. This year, more than than 1,250 professional players have either worn the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game USA event.

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