The Pioneer League's 2017 All Star roster has been released, including five members of the Orem Owlz, who will play in the Pioneer League vs. Northwest League All-Star Game in Hillsboro, Oregon.
The Owlz selected to the roster include RHP Elvin Rodriguez, RHP Chris Rodriguez, RHP Daniel Procopio, INF Leonardo Rivas and OF Ryan Vega.
"These players are the best of the best," said Pioneer League President Jim McCurdy. "We are honored to have them represent the PBL in the third PBL-NWL All Star Game-a true classic."
RHP Elvin Rodriguez will start the game on the mound for the Pioneer League All Stars. Elvin Rodriguez ranks fourth in the Pioneer League with a 3.44 ERA, second with 32 strikeouts and first with a 1.06 WHIP.
RHP Chris Rodriguez has been selected as a reserve. Chris Rodriguez is 4-1 on the year, with a 4.94 ERA. His four wins rank second in the Pioneer League and he also ranks fifth with 30 strikeouts and second with a 1.16 WHIP.
Infielder Leonardo Rivas was also selected as a reserve, being one of two shortstops named to the roster. In 27 games for the Owlz, Rivas is hitting at a .321 batting average, with one home run and 26 runs batted in.
Rivas ranks fourth in the Pioneer League with nine stolen bases, second with 24 walks, fifth with a .447 on-base percentage and fifth with 28 runs scored.
Outfielder Ryan Vega will start in the outfield for the Pioneer League All Stars. Vega has scored a Pioneer League best 33 runs on the year, ranking third with 44 hits and 10th with a .331 batting average.
Former Owlz pitcher Connor Riley was also named to the All-Star team, but being that Riley was promoted to the Class A-affiliated Burlington Bees on July 20th, he cannot attend. Riley made eight appearances out of the bullpen for the Owlz, compiling a record of 2-0 and 2.03 ERA.
Owlz RHP Daniel Procopio will take Riley's place on the Pioneer Leauge All-Star team. Procopio has made seven relief outings for this season, not allowing any runs in eight and a third innings pitched, while striking out 12 batters.
The Pioneer League vs. Northwest League All-Star game, which will feature 16 cities and 14 MLB franchises will take place at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro, Oregon on Tuesday, August 1st at 7:05 p.m. MT.
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