Tyler Payne added to Carolina League All-Star roster

Pelicans designated hitter earns first-career All-Star nod

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 16, 2019 3:08 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 16, 2019) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans designated hitter, Tyler Payne , has been selected to represent the Pelicans in the 2019 All-Star Classic presented by Visit Frederick, the Carolina League office announced on Sunday. The game, which is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, will feature a Southern Division team against a squad made up of Northern Division Players from Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Md.

Payne was a 30th-round selection by the Chicago Cubs in 2015 out of West Virginia State University and is in his first season with the Pelicans. The Hurricane, W.V. native has spent time behind the plate, at first and at DH for the Birds this season.

He is hitting .256/.305/.372 on the year with three homers, 10 doubles and 14 RBIs. Payne was second on the team with a .292 batting average in the month of April.

It is the first-career All-Star selection for Payne and he joins Pelicans Pitchers Javier Assad , Jesus Camargo and Paul Richan as the four Birds to make the All-Star team.

The Carolina League selected its All-Stars via a voting process that involved its managers, general managers and one media vote per market. Myrtle Beach has now had at least three players represent the Pelicans in the Midsummer Classic for the past nine seasons dating back to 2011.

A year ago, shortstop Aramis Ademan , pitcher Tyler Peyton and catcher Jhonny Pereda donned the Pelicans' uniform in the 2018 All-Star Classic in Zebulon, N.C.

The 2019 season is the 21st season for the Pelicans franchise and fifth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since being acquired by a group led by Chuck Greenberg during the 2006 season, the Pelicans have repeatedly set team attendance records and become known as one of Minor League Baseball's most innovative and creative franchises. The team and its employees have been dedicated to making a difference in the Myrtle Beach community, specifically giving back over $2 million in donations, fundraising proceeds, in-kind services and community service since launching the Pelicans Play It Forward Community Initiative in 2013. TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons. In June 2017, the Pelicans won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. On the field, the team has won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, second half of 2016 and first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or email Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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