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10 players to watch at Tuesday's PGCBL all-star event

10 players to watch at Tuesday's PGCBL all-star event

Game set to start at 7 p.m.
10 players to watch at Tuesday's PGCBL all-star event
Jake Mueller of the Amsterdam Mohawks slides safely into third base for a triple against Glens Falls earlier this month.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

AMSTERDAM — With a couple weeks to go in its regular season, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League takes a break Tuesday from its regular action for a day of all-star festivities.

Held this year at Shuttleworth Park, the day will feature top players and prospects from the PGCBL taking part in an all-star game, prospect game, home run derby and skills competition. The day’s activities start at 12:30 p.m. with the prospect game and concludes with the all-star game set to start at 7 p.m.

Here are 10 players to watch during Tuesday’s action:

T.J. Collett, Amsterdam Mohawks

A knee injury limited Collett during his freshman season at Kentucky, but the rising sophomore catcher/first baseman has shown off his impressive power this summer for the Mohawks. Through Sunday, Collett hit five home runs in 72 at-bats. “He has all kinds of power, so the home run derby should be very interesting with him,” Mohawks president and general manager Brian Spagnola said of Collett, who is a member of the East Division’s team in the all-star game.

Grant Donahue, Elmira Pioneers

After a strong finish to his sophomore season at Virginia, Donahue has been one of the top pitchers in the PGCBL.A member of the West Division’s all-star team, Donahue has struck out 32 batters in 31 2/3 innings for the Pioneers, while allowing six earned runs. As a reliever at Virginia, Donahue allowed two earned runs in his final 11 appearances this past spring. 

Roel Garcia, Albany Dutchmen

A 6-foot-4 pitcher, Garcia is an imposing presence on the mound. The right-hander has struck out 10 batters in seven innings this summer after a spring season at Rice in which he struck out 11 in 8 1/3 innings. Garcia will play for the East Division in Tuesday’s prospect game.

Anthony Gonnella, Amsterdam Mohawks

After sparse playing time as a freshman at South Florida, Gonnella has connected for six home runs and seven doubles in 81 at-bats for the Mohawks. The left-handed hitting utilityman will play for the East Division.  

Will Holland, Amsterdam Mohawks

As a freshman shortstop, Holland appeared in 45 games for Auburn. With the Mohawks, Holland is hitting .307, with five extra-base hits in 88 at-bats through this weekend. “He’s a kid who will get a lot of looks from scouts because of all his tools,” Spagnola said. Holland will play for the East Division.

Henry Martinez, Newark Pilots

A 5-foot-10, right-hand pitcher, Martinez has shown the ability to dominate this summer. On the season, Martinez has struck out 47 batters in 36 2/3 innings while allowing 10 earned runs. In a stretch of three consecutive starts, Martinez struck out 29 in 18 innings while allowing two earned runs. Martinez pitched last college season at Cypress, and will play for the West Division.

Jake Mueller, Amsterdam Mohawks

A 6-foot-2 infielder, Mueller is putting together a dynamic summer for the Mohawks after a breakout season at Wake Forest. Mueller hit .345 as a sophomore, with 20.2 percent of his hits going for extra bases. He’s hitting .302 this summer, with 34.6 percent of his hits going for extra bases. Mueller will play for the East Division.

Eric Rivera, Amsterdam Mohawks

An outfielder who played every day as a freshman at Florida Atlantic, 13 of Rivera’s 32 hits this summer have gone for extra bases. An impressive fielder with a big throwing arm, Rivera is one of Mohawks head coach Keith Griffin’s favorite players this summer. Rivera will play for the East Division.

Brandon Reitz, Amsterdam Mohawks

After a quiet freshman season at Florida State, the right-handed Reitz has struck out 39 batters in 30 1/3 innings for the Mohawks. Notably, he struck out 12 batters in six perfect innings of relief in a late-June game. Reitz will represent the East Division.

Houston Roth, Elmira Pioneers

Off a promising freshman campaign at Ole Miss, Roth has likely been the most dominant pitcher this season in the PGCBL. The 6-foot-3 Roth has struck out 39 batters in 29 innings, and has allowed six earned runs on his way to earning a spot on the West Division’s all-star game roster. At Ole Miss, Roth worked as a reliever as a freshman, striking out 41 batters in 28 2/3 innings and allowing five earned runs.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Michael Kelly at 395-3109, mkelly@dailygazette.net or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter. 

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