Suns’ Dill, Crinella are Futures League All-Stars
PITTSFIELD -- Two of the Pittsfield Suns who played for the Masssachusetts team in the Futures League All-Star Game have been named to the league’s postseason All-Star Team.
Catcher Steve Dill and second baseman Frank Crinella were named to the 18-member team on Tuesday.
Four members of the Futures League champion Martha’s Vineyard Sharks were also named to the All-Star Team.
Dill returned to Pittsfield for 2013, and was coming off a season where he did not play at Harvard. But the catcher from Smithfield, N.Y., made his presence felt this year.
Dill hit .295 last summer with 20 runs batted in. He scored 20 runs, had a .383 on-base percentage and his OPS was .740.
Defensively, Dill was also a standout as he had a .985 fielding percentage.
The catcher was the most valuable player of the Futures League All-Star Game at Wahconah Park, as his infield hit drove in the first run in a 2-0 victory for the Massachusetts All-Stars.
Dill’s infield single in the hole at shortstop plated the first run and Crinella brought home the second run when he followed with a sacrifice fly.
Dill and Nashua pitcher Cody Rocha are the only two-year Futures League players to make the All-Star Team, but Rocha is the only player to repeat as an All-Star.
Crinella was named to play in the All-Star game after receiving a large number of votes in an online competition to determine the final member of the All-Star Game rosters.
The Pittsfield infielder, who was the Northeast-10 Conference rookie of the year as a freshman at Merrimack, picked up where he left off with the Suns.
Crinella hit .292 and had a .798 OPS. He was primarily a second baseman, forming a solid keystone combination with shortstop John Kinne, but because of injuries and departures also played some shortstop and third base.
Crinella set a Futures League record with 17 doubles and scored 30 runs for the Suns.
Two other Suns players, meanwhile, were named to the list of Futures League top prospects by Perfect Game, a national scouting service.
Brockton Rox outfielder Mitch Elliott of Xavier was at the top of the list of 30, and the Futures League All-Star hit 3 home runs, drove in 25 runs and was second in the Futures League with a .358 batting average. Elliott was also named the top pro prospect by the league.
Named to the Perfect Game Top 30 were Suns reliever Adam Whitt and outfielder Kyle Singleton.
Whitt, a member of the Massachusetts team in the All-Star Game, was the No. 27 prospect in the league. Whitt, from the University of Nevada-Reno, was 4-0 with a 2.51 earned-run average and eight saves. He struck out 43 and walked 14 in 29 2/3 innings.
Singleton earned his No. 29 ranking on the Top 30 after hitting .306 with a team-best 6 home runs and 34 RBI. The outfielder plays collegiately at Northeastern Oklahoma.
Dylan Tice of Martha’s Vineyard was named the league’s MVP, while teammate Bob Carbaugh was named the pitcher of the year.
The rest of the 2013 postseason All-Stars are: Lorenzo Papa, Brockton, first base; T.J. Lynch, Seacoast, third base; Tice, shortstop; Elliott, Jamill Moquette of Wachusett and Ryan Siegel of Martha’s Vineyard, outfield; Josh Raymond, Wachusett, designated hitter; Tim Hendricks, North Shore, utility; Tom Hudon, Nashua, Trevor Breton, Martha’s Vineyard, Carbaugh, Nick Fuller, Torrington and Derek Dubois, North Shore, starting pitchers; Rocha, Alex Disanto, Torrington and Tyler Pogmore, Old Orchard Beach, relief pitchers.