After a comeback win against the Vermont Lake Monsters this past Monday, the Aberdeen IronBirds are right in the thick of a log-jammed playoff hunt. The Hudson Valley Renegades are the McNamara Division leaders as we speak but that very well could change. Brooklyn remains only a 0.5 game out
After a comeback win against the Vermont Lake Monsters this past Monday, the Aberdeen IronBirds are right in the thick of a log-jammed playoff hunt. The Hudson Valley Renegades are the McNamara Division leaders as we speak but that very well could change. Brooklyn remains only a 0.5 game out while the Yankees and IronBirds are closing in currently 1 game out from the top. Checking in on the Wild Card standings, a 0.5 game is the only thing standing in the IronBirds way from claiming the top spot from Brooklyn.
The IronBirds have two days off before a 3-game homestand against the Staten Island Yankees beginning tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Luckily, 6 IronBirds will already be set for the playoff battle as they'll be playing in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game tonight in Staten Island beginning at 7:00 p.m. Kyle Stowers, Leonardo Rodriguez, Andrew Fregia, Ryan Conroy, Dalton Hoiles and Toby Welk will be representing Team Red. Get to know why these guys are all-star worthy below:
LEONARDO RODRIGUEZ #45 - Leo signed with the Orioles in 2016 from the Dominican Republic. After spending most of the last season in the GCL, Rodriguez has cut through batters with 74 strikeouts, ranking second in the league. He holds opponents to hitting just .170, which is best among NYPL pitchers.
ANDREW FREGIA #6 - Fregia has been a versatile offensive and defensive player for the IronBirds this year. He has played left field, third base, second and shortstop. Offensively he is among the team leaders in doubles and RBIs. His three-run homer in the 8th inning last week in Tri-City launched the IronBirds to a victory.
TOBY WELK #16 - As Aberdeen's everyday third baseman, Welk has led the team all year and been top five in the league in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, total bases and runs scored. In Vermont last week he hit for more total bases than the cycle, with a homer, triple and two doubles in the no-hitter. Toby has 18 multi-hit games and has paced the offense as the three hitters all year.
DALTON HOILES #23 - Hoiles has been a key outfielder for Aberdeen all year long. He found a six-game hit streak in early August after a brief stint with the Bowie Baysox. His .388 on-base percentage is third on the team, thanks to 19 hits, 12 walks and 7 hit by pitches.
KYLE STOWERS #54 - As the 71st overall pick out of Stanford in this years draft, Stowers came to Aberdeen with a bang. He doubled in his first at-bat and never looked back. Stowers leads the team in homers and became the second IronBird ever to homer in three straight games at Vermont last week.
RYAN CONROY #49 - A 2018 draftee out of Elon, Conroy has dominated New York Penn League hitters since day one. As the opening night starter, he struck out 12 in a career-high seven innings of work. He has since posted a 2.73 ERA that ranks 5th in the New York Penn league.
IronBirds fans can tune-in to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on MiLB.TV or listen in on the TuneIn App