Chris Nowak, Andres Perez named to Baseball America All-Star Team
Baseball America has released its composite All-Star Team selections from the Atlantic League, American Association, Can-Am Association, Frontier League and North American Baseball League. Of all the free agent leagues, the York Revolution boasts two selections to the team for a second straight season. For Chris Nowak, he’s earned the honor again in 2012, after first being selected as a Baseball America All-Star last season.
Nowak is the team’s first baseman, after being chosen as its designated hitter a year ago. He is joined by Revolution second baseman Andres Perez. This season Nowak surpassed his own Revolution single-season home run record of 25 in 2011 by nine round-trippers, clubbing 34. His 107 RBI in 2012 were also a new franchise best, over Jason Aspito’s 105 in 2008. Nowak’s 59 home runs in a Revolution uniform gives him the all-time franchise lead by 17. Second baseman Andres Perez led York in hitting with a .314 average, while smacking 23 homers and driving in 86 runs. His 23 long balls were the fourth-most by a Rev in a single season.
The two York representatives joined a trio of Lancaster Barnstormers as five Atlantic Leaguers total made the team. Outfielders Blake Gailen and Ryan Harvey, and starting pitcher Dwayne Pollok were all selected to the team, listed in its entirety below. Of the All-Stars, Gailen was named Player of the Year.
C – Chris McMurry, Grand Prairie AirHogs/Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association)
1B – Chris Nowak, York Revolution (Atlantic League)
2B – Andres Perez, York Revolution (Atlantic League)
3B – Nick Giarraputo, New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am Association)
SS – Angel Berroa, New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am Association)
OF – Nic Jackson, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (American Association)
OF – Blake Gailen, Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League) Baseball America Player of the Year
OF – Ryan Harvey, Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League)
DH – Joe Weik, Edinburg Roadrunners/Abilene Praire Dogs (North American Baseball League)
SP – Josh Lowey, Wichita Wingnuts (American Association)
SP – Mike Recchia, Windy City Thunderbolts (Frontier League)
SP – Jeff Duda, Quebec Capitales (Can-Am Association)
SP – Dwayne Pollok, Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League)
RP – Jonathan Kountis, Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League)