Four Catch Players Earn a Spot on the CCL All-Star Roster

By Keaton A. Moore - Sports Information

La Mirada, CA-With the summer past the halfway mark, the selections for the 2016 All Star Game have been made by the California Collegiate League. This year, among the top 54 players throughout the league, infielders Austin Bull (Grand Canyon University), Ethan Lopez (University of Hawaii-Manoa), Josh Rojas (University of Hawaii-Manoa) and right-handed pitcher Jimmy Gallarda (Biola University) were selected to compete in this year’s all-star contest on Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at the MLB Youth Academy.

Winning his last two starts, Gallarda has excelled tremendously since the team’s trip to Mexico. In his last two starts, he has yet to give up a run through 13.2 innings pitched and gave up only four hits with 17 strikeouts. His last two starts shrunk his ERA from 3.43 to 2.08, the second lowest in the CCL.

Returning for his second All Star Game appearance, Rojas holds one of the highest batting averages on the team with .347 and sticks out with two home runs and 22 RBIs. Last summer, Rojas earned himself a spot on the All Star roster and did not disappoint, going 3-3 with a home run.

Leading the team in batting average, Bull will join his teammates to the All Star Game and is currently batting .397 with eight stolen bases, 11 RBIs and 18 runs. He is fresh off a heel injury, but since returning Bull is 7-10 with three runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Although Lopez was selected to participate in the All Star Game, an injury he suffered in the first game of the doubleheader against the Ventura Halos prevents him from doing so. In an attempt to escape a pickle between first and second, Lopez slid back into first base. Not only was he tagged out, but as he reached for first, his hand was crushed beneath the cleat of the Halos’ first baseman and was sent to the hospital. Before his injury, Lopez was batting .323 with 21 runs, 17 RBIs and leads the team with three home runs.

The CCL All-Star game is a valuable opportunity for the league’s top competitors to showcase their talents not only for the scouts in attendance, but also those watching at home as the game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports West.