The Renegades are second in the league (to the Tri-City Valley Cats) in terms of overall representation on the All-Star squads. Hudson Valley will send infielders Tommy Coyle and Leonardo Reginatto, outfielder Joey Rickard, starting pitchers Taylor Guerrieri and Jeff Ames and reliever Jose Molina to Ohio for their sensational performances over the first half of the season.
Coyle leads the Renegades with 13 stolen bases and is amoung the NYPL leaders in runs scored and walks. The second baseman holds a batting average of .294, and his .828 OPS leads the team. Coyle also leads the Renegades in total bases (68), triples (2), and on-base percentage (.411). The Tampa Bay Rays drafted the native of Chalfont, PA in the 16th round of this year's draft out of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he excelled for the Tar Heels.
Reginatto's selection is a bit of redemption for the Brazilian infielder, who rebounded from a .198 batting average in 2011 to bat .289 so far in 2012 for the Renegades. He has driven in 20 runs, scored 17 runs, and stolen six bases for Hudson Valley this season, all while playing terrific defense at shortstop and third base. The fourth-year pro has already matched his career high in walks with twelve. Reginatto is a native of Curitiba, Brazil.
Rickard has come out on fire in his first professional season, as his .323 batting average ranks among the top six in the league if he had played a full season to this point. In 24 games, Rickard has slammed seven doubles and stolen six bases, posted a terrific .818 OPS, and played excellent defense in centerfield. He has been especially good with runners on base, batting .423 when a teammate is aboard. The native of Las Vegas, NV continues to rack up honors, already having won the College World Series in 2012 with the University of Arizona Wildcats. The Rays drafted Rickard in the ninth round of the 2012 draft.
Guerreri has been as good as advertised thus far. The Rays drafted Guerreri in the first round of the 2011 draft out of Spring Valley H.S. in Columbia, South Carolina. He is sporting a microscopic earned run average of 1.24 in seven starts. Over 29 innings, Guerrieri has allowed just 21 hits and two walks, striking out 25. In his first two starts of the season, the right-hander allowed one run on seven hits and a walk over ten innings, fanning 12. His WHIP of 0.793 would be second in the NYPL if he had pitched enough innings to qualify.
Ames has pitched phenomenally for the Renegades this season, holding a 3-0 record and a 1.85 ERA in nine starts. Over 43.2 innings, the righty has allowed just 32 hits and 15 walks against 43 strikeouts, and has yet to give up a homerun. He ranks sixth in the NYPL in ERA, and fifth among starters with an 8.86 K/9 ratio. Ames is in his second professional season in the Rays organization after Tampa Bay drafted him in the supplemental first round of the 2011 Draft out of Lower Columbia College. He is a native of Vancouver, WA.
Molina has been a dominant arm for the Renegades out of the bullpen. He holds a 2-1 record with two saves and a 1.25 ERA in 14 appearances. Over 21.2 innings, the Dominican southpaw has allowed three runs on 17 hits and seven walks, striking out 18. Molina has effectively used his fastball to overpower NYPL hitters, yielding a stingy .205 batting average to opposing teams. The native of Bonao, D.R. is in his fifth professional season with the Rays.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will be hosting the NYPL All-Star Game Tuesday, August 14 at Eastwood Field in Niles, OH. For more information on the NYPL All-Star game, you can visit www.milb.com, or HVRenegades.com.