Five York Revolution players have been selected to play in the 2016 Atlantic League All-Star Game.
The Revs are coming off a first-half Freedom Division championship and are already assured of a league playoff berth.
The all-star contest is set for Wednesday, July 13, at Lancaster.
Pitchers Mike DeMark and Ricardo Gomez, second baseman Andres Perez, designated hitter Joel Guzman and outfielder Travis Witherspoon were selected by managers and league executives to play for the Freedom Division team under the management of New Britain’s Stan Cliburn. They’ll face a Liberty Division team managed by Somerset’s Brett Jodie.
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DeMark has already notched 20 saves for the Revs this year and boasts 38 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched and a 0.66 ERA. His 20 saves lead the league and are a Revs’ first-half record, already the third-highest total in a season in club history. DeMark held opponents without an earned run in his first 19 save opportunities.
Among the top 10 pitchers in franchise history for relief wins and saves, Gomez has been strong in his setup role this season, striking out 30 in 24 1/3 innings while posting a 1.47 ERA. The righty enjoyed a 16-appearance scoreless streak from May 15 through June 23.
In the first half of the 2016 season, Perez recorded his 1,000th career hit, his 500th hit with York and became the Revs' all-time leader in home runs, crushing a grand slam for his 60th long ball in a Revs uniform in Sunday’s victory over Lancaster. He’s batting .297 with 39 RBIs and eight home runs on the year and will make his franchise-record fourth Atlantic League All-Star Game appearance next week.
Guzman has powered his way to a .309 average and racked up a league-leading 50 RBIs and 10 homers en route to the league’s 19th annual midsummer classic. He ranks sixth in the league in batting, is tied for fourth in home runs, third in hits (82), fourth in total bases (124) and fifth in slugging (.468).
Former Barnstormer Witherspoon will return to Clipper Magazine Stadium with a .337 average, 11 RBIs and four home runs in a Revs uniform. Acquired by York via trade on June 16, he has batted safely in 15 of his first 18 games with the Revs, including nine multi-hit games, and has scored 14 runs while stealing 10 bases.