The New York-Penn League released the rosters for the 2015 All-Star Game Saturday and the host Aberdeen IronBirds will be represented by two players, shortstop Ricardo Andujar and right handed relief pitcher Ryan Meisinger.
The IronBirds will host the 11th annual New York-Penn League All-Star game on Tuesday, at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. Over the years, the New York-Penn League has featured the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Giancarlo Stanton, Chase Utley and former NYPL all-star and former IronBird Caleb Joseph.
Andujar, a free agent signing in May of 2014, has been a steady performer for Aberdeen this year. Through Monday's game, Andujar played in 38 of 49 games. He leads the team with an .293 batting average (43-for-147), hitting five doubles, a triple and a two home runs. Andujar has scored 19 runs. He drove in 15 runs and stole one base.
Meisinger, an 11th round pick in the 2015 First Year Major League Baseball draft, has been lights out as a closer for the 'Birds. Meisinger appeared in his 10th game Monday night, but in a non-save appearance.
Meisinger has six saves in 13 innings pitched. He's walked three and struck out 18 and had not hit a batter until Monday night. Meisinger has allowed five hits and two runs and has an earned run average of 1.38.
The rosters consist of two players at every position and 10 pitchers. The team with the league's best record, the Williamsport Crosscutters, lead the way with eight players on Team South, while the Batavia Muckdogs feature six players on Team North.
The North Team will be comprised of players from Auburn, Batavia, Connecticut, Hudson Valley, Lowell, Tri-City, and Vermont; and the South Team will be represented by players from Aberdeen, Brooklyn, Mahoning Valley, State College, Staten Island, West Virginia and Williamsport. Of the All-Stars, 22 were selected in the 2015 draft.
The All-Star game will be limited to 9 innings (or fewer). Two players per position, two DH/Utility players and 10 pitchers have been selected to field two teams. Pitchers will pitch one inning or less and are subject to pitch count.
Fans are encouraged to head to Ripken Stadium early and take in the All-Star Experience, featuring a celebrity softball game, mascot kickball, the All-Star Game at 7:35 p.m. and a post-game fireworks display.
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Tickets for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game are still available at 410-297-9292 or www.ironbirdsbaseball