IronBirds Sending Five Players to State College
Escarra, Thorburn, Yahn, Hammonds and Roberts all elected to the 2018 New York-Penn League All-Star Game
Your IronBirds will be sending five players to State College, Pennsylvania for the 2018 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, home of the State College Spikes. They will be representing the New York-Penn League South team, along with division rivals, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
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First baseman J.C. Escarra ranks second in the NYPL with a .426 OBP. He leads the team with 5 homeruns and is chasing the RBI lead with 18. Escarra was selected last year in the 15Round out of Florida International University.
Left-handed pitcher Matthew Hammonds got the nod with a 2-2 record and a 2.47 ERA that ranks 7th in the league. In 8 starts he has thrown 43.2 IP with opponents hitting just .187 against him. Hammond's notable outings include seven scoreless innings in Staten Island, and an eight strikeout NYPL debut against Vermont. Hammonds is a Seawolf by trade, playing college ball at Sonoma State University and drafted in the 29 round last year.
Robbie Thorburn has been among the most consistent throughout the season with a .303 average over the 41 games he has played in. Thorburn had not committed an error in the outfield and hit .375 in the first inning of games. He came to the Orioles from UNC Wilmington in the 31 round of the 2017 draft.
Next is catcher Cody Roberts, who is second among NYPL catchers with a .301 average and seven RBIs. With a rocket for an arm, Roberts has been a great force calling games behind the dish. He joined the IronBirds late after playing in the College World Series with UNC and being selected in the 11 round by the Orioles.
Last and not least is Willy Yahn. Aberdeen's everyday third baseman has never gone more than two games without a hit, only doing that once. He leads the team with 19 RBIs, 8 steals and the longest hair on the roster. Yahn, a Connecticut native, was drafted in the 25 round out of UConn last year.