The Helena Brewers, the advanced-rookie baseball affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, announced Saturday that two members of the team were named to the Pioneer League's 2008 All-Star team. The league's field managers voted first baseman Brock Kjeldgaard and outfielder Erik Komatsu to the team. Catcher Corey Kemp was named to the team's honorable mention portion meaning he received votes.
Komatsu is currently leading all outfielders and third in the Pioneer League in batting at .331. The Cal-State Fullerton product was drafted in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft and is second in total hits in the Pioneer League (84), third in runs scored (56), fourth in on-base percentage (.399). The Camarillo, CA native is also fifth in the circuit with a .555 slugging percentage.
Kjeldgaard is in his third professional season but his first as a position player. The London, Ontario native made the transition from the pitchers mound to first baseman in fine fashion. Kjeldgaard is second in the league in extra-base hits (40), second in the in home runs (14), and third in RBI (59). Kjeldgaard, selected in the 34th round of the 2005 draft out of Indian Hill Community College (IA), leads the league with 26 doubles and all first baseman with a .993 fielding percentage with 298 more total chance than the next closest player.
Catcher Corey Kemp was named an Honorable Mention to the All-Star team. The former East Carolina University and Franklin, TN native is currently batting .267 with three homers and 27 RBI in 180 at-bats.
The Orem Owlz (Los Angeles Angels affiliate) swept the major player awards with first baseman Roberto Lopez named Most Valuable Player and lefty Jayson Miller named Pitcher of the Year. Billings skipper Julio Garcia was named Manager of the Year. For a complete list of the 2008 all-star team visit the Pioneer Leagues web site.
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