YORK -- The York Revolution has six All-Star representatives, including York County resident Corey Thurman, headed to the league's mid-summer classic, the team has announced.
Pitchers Thurman and Adam Thomas, outfielders Michael Hernandez and Brandon Haveman, and infielders Ramon Castro and Andres Perez will all suit up for the Freedom Division All-Stars, representing the Revs at the 2012 Atlantic League All-Star Game at Campbell’s Field in Camden, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 11.
The Freedom Division team will be managed by York’s Andy Etchebarren.
The selection of players was based upon online voting from league fans as well as polling of Atlantic League managers, officials and media.
“I’m very happy for all six of our players that have been selected,” said Etchebarren. “They’ve all had terrific first halves, and are very deserving to be there.”
Thurman will make his third All-Star appearance for York, having been tabbed the Freedom Division’s starting pitcher in the 2009 and 2011 All-Star Games. In his final start of the first half on Wednesday night, Thurman broke his own Revs record with his eighth consecutive win, tying for the league lead in victories with an 8-1 overall record for the season. It was his 46th win in a Revolution uniform, moving into third place alone in Atlantic League history for career victories. He also ranks tenth in league history in strikeouts with 431, and ninth all-time in innings pitched with 599.0. Thurman owns a 4.64 ERA for the season, and is also tied for the league-lead in complete games with two. The Revs are 12-2 in his 14 starts this season.
Thomas makes his second consecutive All-Star appearance. The right-handed setup man is 4-2 out of the Revs bullpen with three saves and a 3.51 ERA. He has struck out 22 while walking just nine in 33.1 innings for the season and has appeared in 33 contests, tied for the most in the league. Thomas allowed just two earned runs in 16.0 innings over a stretch of 17 appearances, May 28-June 29.
Hernandez makes his third All-Star appearance in four years in the Atlantic League. Last season, Hernandez took home the Stephen R. Shilling Award as the game’s Most Valuable Player when the contest was held at York’s Sovereign Bank Stadium. This season, Hernandez is batting .290 with 10 home runs, 12 doubles, and 39 RBI in his first year with the Revs. Hernandez set club records for the month of May with eight home runs and 25 RBI, and through Wednesday’s game is batting .417 (20-for-48) over his last 12 contests.
Haveman’s acquisition has been key in the Revs’ success this season, as the club owns the third best overall record in the league. York is 27-15 since signing Haveman on May 24, as the outfielder has played in all 42 games for the Revs since that date, batting a robust .330, which has raised his overall average to .308 for the season. Haveman hit safely in 30 of his first 34 games with the Revs batting .370 on that stretch, and set a club record for hits in June with 47. He has also proved to be very clutch, as 15 of his 22 RBI with York have come with two outs. He’s batting a team-best .429 with runners in scoring position.
Castro is appearing in his third Atlantic League All-Star Game, and is currently leading the league with 49 RBI, a Revs’ first half record. He has driven in 35 runs in his last 36 games, and is batting .296 overall for the season, including a .330 clip in 55 games since May 10. Castro has also mashed 10 home runs and 15 doubles. He is a .334 hitter for his Atlantic League career.
Perez has been among the best all-around hitters in the league during the season’s first half. The second baseman ranks second in the league in batting (.328), tied for fourth in home runs (11), fourth in runs scored (43), third in hits (80), first in total bases (135), tied for third in doubles (18), third in extra-base hits (31), and third in slugging percentage (.553). He is currently batting .438 (21-for-48) on an 11-game hitting streak. His biggest highlight came on June 19 in the first game of a doubleheader against Sugar Land, when he became the second player in Revs history to hit for the cycle in a game.
Etchebarren will manage the Freedom Division All-Star team for the second consecutive season after guiding the Revs to their second straight Atlantic League championship last year when he was named 2011 Atlantic League Manager of the Year. He will be joined by York pitching coach Mark Mason, third base coach Enohel Polanco, and player-coach Liubiemithz Rodriguez on his All-Star coaching staff.
Information used in this story was provided by the York Revolution.