Six members of the York Revolution have been selected to represent the Freedom Division in the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Pitchers Brad Allen and Chase Huchingson will join catcher Isaias Tejeda, first baseman Michael Burgess and outfielders Alonzo Harris and Travis Witherspoon in the event on Wednesday July 12, at the Somerset Patriots' TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and the first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. Each squad features 22 players — 13 position players and nine pitchers.
The all-stars were chosen by a combination of balloting of league and team officials, managers and media representatives and fan voting. Nearly 35,000 ballots were cast by fans to help choose this year’s teams. The Freedom Division will be managed by Sugar Land skipper Gary Gaetti, while the Liberty Division will be managed by Somerset’s Brett Jodie
Allen: Allen was one of the most reliable arms in Mark Mason’s bullpen in the first half, excelling as both an eighth-inning option and as a closer. He finished the first half with a 2.17 ERA in 28 appearances, saving seven games, which is tied for fourth in the Atlantic League. Allen struck out 20 batters, while allowing seven walks in 29 innings. He posted a 13-game scoreless streak from May 27 through June 24.
Burgess: Burgess has supplied much of the power for the Revs in the first half, leading the team with 10 home runs. Burgess also finished the first half with a .268 average, 33 RBIs and 10 doubles. Burgess also has a team-leading 35 walks, tying him for fourth in the league.
Harris: Harris leads the Revs in average at .328 and stolen bases with 11. His average ranks fourth in the league, and his slugging percentage of .522 also ranks fourth. Despite missing three weeks with an oblique injury, Harris has tallied 59 hits in 47 games, including 12 doubles and seven home runs.
Huchingson: Huchingson had the best start to the season of any Revs pitcher. He did not allow an earned run in his first 14 outings and finished the first half with a 2.16 ERA in 26 appearances. In 25 innings, he struck out 21. Opponents hit .217 against him. He also picked up two wins in relief and recorded his lone save of the season June 3 against Lancaster.
Tejeda: Tejeda leads the Revs with 37 runs driven in. Tejeda finished the first half 10th in the league in batting at .299, with nine home runs and 18 doubles, tying him for second best in the league. On June 28 against the Bridgeport Bluefish, he became the first player in Revs history to collect four extra-base hits in a game, with three doubles and a triple. He also hit a grand slam on May 23 against New Britain.
Witherspoon: Witherspoon becomes the fifth player in Revs history to be selected to multiple all-star games, joining Andres Perez (four), Corey Thurman (three), James Shanks (two) and Eric Patterson (two). Witherspoon will be the first Rev to make back-to-back all-star appearances since Patterson in 2013-14. Witherspoon batted .297 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in the first half. His 73 hits were tied for third most in the Atlantic League. Witherspoon also ranks second on the team with 10 stolen bases.
Statistics for this story were through Sunday, which marked the end of the Atlantic League first half.