9 Pittsfield Suns players named to Futures League All-Star teams
PITTSFIELD — The long history of baseball in Pittsfield will be honored at the 2019 Futures League All-Star Game.
The All-Stars will be divided into two teams, called the Hillies and the Electrics. Nine members of the league-leading Pittsfield Suns will play in the game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at Wahconah Park.
Pitchers John Clayton and Henry Leake, catcher Matt Malcom and infielder Jack Culumovic will play for the Electrics, while pitchers Ryan Langford and Jon Morrison, catcher Jackson Petersen, and outfielders Mark Coley and Jeff Boggess will play for the Hillies.
The day will begin with batting practice for the All-Stars and selected other players who will work out in front of scouts from Major League Baseball teams at 2:45 p.m. Pitchers, both All-Star and invited, will throw before the scouts at 5:15 p.m.
The festivities will commence at 6:20 p.m. with a Home Run Derby. The Opening Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m., with the first pitch to be thrown at 7:15.
For those who might not be aware, the names "Hillies" and "Electrics" are significant parts of Pittsfield's lengthy baseball lore.
The Pittsfield Hillies were a member of the then-Class A Eastern League. The Hillies played in the Eastern League from 1919 until 1930, and won league championships in 1919 and 1921.
There were two Pittsfield Electrics teams. The first played at Wahconah Park in 1913 and 1914, back in the Eastern Association. The Electrics were revived in 1941 in the Canadian-American League. The Electrics played through 1942, when the league went dark because of World War II. The Can-Am League was revived in 1946, with the Electrics as part of the lineup, and they stayed through 1951.
Among the most famous Electrics were 1956 American League MVP Al Rosen and Jim Lemon.
One final player for each team will be determined by a fan vote. The list of those players and how to vote for them will be unveiled on Wednesday.
The Electrics have one starting pitcher and one reliever from the Suns.
Clayton, from the University at Albany, is the reigning Futures League pitcher of the week. He is 1-0 with a 1.13 earned-run average. He has started four games, and in 24 innings has struck out 22 and walked five. Leake, from Babson, is a late-inning reliever for manager Matt Gedman. Leake is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA. He has struck out 12 and has not walked a batter.
They could be throwing to Malcom. The catcher from Eastern Connecticut had a 13-game on-base streak from May 31 to June 24. He is hitting .315 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in.
Also on the Electrics is infielder Culumovic. He is hitting .328, and the Pensacola State player has a seven-game road hitting streak.
The two Suns pitchers on the Hillies are starter Morrison and reliever Langford.
Morrison, a pitcher at Rhode Island, is 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA. He has a team-best 36 strikeouts and is third in the Futures League in that category. Langford, a reliever from Florida Southern, is 1-1 with two saves and a 0.77 ERA.
Catcher Peterson is tied for second in the league with six home runs and tied for third with 23 RBI. He is fourth with 12 extra-base hits, and second with a .597 slugging percentage. The Penn catcher is batting .286. He is also hitting .474 with runners in scoring position.
Boggess may have earned his way onto the All-Star team with a truly hot last 10 games. The Kansas State outfielder is hitting .391 in his last 10 games and .636 in his last five. Boggess is hitting .300 overall and is 6 for 6 in stolen bases.
Coley, another URI product, is 9 for 9 in stolen bases. He has a .990 ops, is fifth in the league with 51 total bases and third in the league with a .586 slugging percentage. Coley is hitting .287.
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