Slammers Send Three To All-Star Game
7/9/2014, 12:57 p.m.
The Joliet Slammers announced that three of their players have been named to the West Division Frontier League All-Star Team. Russell Moldenhauer will be the starter at Designated Hitter for the West in the All-Star Game to be played at GCS Ballpark, the home of the Gateway Grizzlies on Wednesday July 16 at 7pm. Also making the All-Star team from the Slammers are third baseman Grant DeBruin and starting pitcher Blair Walters.
Moldenhauer, the former Washington Nationals prospect, was a 1st-team postseason Frontier League All-Star for Lake Erie in 2013. He was named the Frontier League Player-of-the-Week for his performance in the first week of June this season when he hit .542 with five RBI. The University of Texas product is currently hitting .286 with 8 doubles, 5 homers and a team-best 26 RBI.
DeBruin is currently ranked 4th in the Frontier League in batting average at .357 and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. He leads the Slammers with 60 hits, 12 doubles, a .500 slugging percentage, an OPS (on-base-plus-slugging-percentage) of .903 and has a team-high 16 extra base hits. DeBruin is 10 for his last 21, a .476 batting average in his last five games. He holds the school record for career batting average at UAB-Huntsville at .378.
Walters has been the team’s most consistent starting pitcher and is currently 11th in the Frontier League in ERA at 2.66. He leads the league in innings pitched with 67 2/3 and has one complete game. Batters are only hitting .218 against him in 2014. His best performance came against River City on June 8th when he went 8 shutout innings while allowing just two hits. He struck out 9 and walked only two. Walters, an 11th round pick of the White Sox in the 2011 draft, also threw 7 shutout innings against Schaumburg on July 1st. He allowed only five hits and struck out four to earn the win.