A look at the 2016 Midwest League All-Star pitchers

West Michigan Whitecaps LHP Matt Hall (7-0, 0.65 ERA, 63 Ks in 10 starts) headlines the Eastern Division pitching staff.(Photo by Kevin Sielaff/Local Sports Journal)

West Michigan Whitecaps LHP Matt Hall (7-0, 0.65 ERA, 63 Ks in 10 starts) headlines the Eastern Division pitching staff. (Photo by Kevin Sielaff/Local Sports Journal)

The 2016 Midwest League All-Star Game rosters were released this week. In previous posts, I wrote about the starting position players and the reserve position-players. This post is about the All-Star pitchers. (Make sure to read all the way to the end to see who I think will be the starting pitchers.)

The Western Division team has 14 pitchers, only one of which is left-handed. The Eastern Division has 15 pitchers, including five left-handers. The Quad Cities River Bandits are the only team without an All-Star pitcher; their team’s lone All-Star player is outfielder Kyle Tucker.

These are the Western Division pitchers (and their Midwest League statistics through Wednesday’s games), listed in the order they appear on the roster:

Clinton LumberKings RHP Art Warren (6-1, 2.24 ERA, 40 K, 13 BB in 56.1 IP)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers RHP Freddy Peralta (2-1, 3.29 ERA, 2 saves, 50 Ks, 14 BB in 38.1 IP)

Burlington Bees RHP Grayson Long (3-3, 1.58 ERA, 45 Ks, 16 BB in 40 IP)

Peoria Chiefs RHP Brennan Leitao (3-6, 3.02 ERA, 56 Ks, 11 BB in 65.2 IP)

Peoria Chiefs RHP Ryan Helsley (5-1, 2.14 ERA, 64 Ks, 12 BB in 59 IP)

Peoria Chiefs RHP Derian Gonzalez (3-0, 2.77 ERA, 47 Ks, 25 BB in 52 IP)

Clinton LumberKings RHP Darin Gillies (5-2, 1.09 ERA, 5 saves, 31 Ks, 8 BB in 33 IP)

Kane County Cougars RHP Cameron Gann (1-2, 1.48 ERA, 9 saves, 27 Ks, 11 BB in 24.1 IP)

Beloit Snappers RHP Angel Duno (4-3, 2.39 ERA, 41 Ks, 8 BB in 60.1 IP)

Kane County Cougars RHP Justin Donatella (5-3, 2.47 ERA, 46 Ks, 10 BB in 58.1 IP)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers RHP Marcos Diplan (5-1, 1.89 ERA, 1 save, 64 Ks, 24 BB in 47.2 IP)

Cedar Rapids Kernels LHP Sam Clay (4-2, 2.43 ERA, 58 Ks, 30 BB in 55.2 IP)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers RHP David Burkhalter (3-4, 3.56 ERA, 1 save, 46 Ks, 8 BB in 55.2 IP)

Burlington Bees RHP Jaime Barria (5-3, 3.40 ERA, 32 Ks, 10 BB in 53 IP)

These are the Eastern Division pitchers (and their Midwest League statistics through Wednesday’s games), listed in the order they appear on the roster:

Great Lakes Loons RHP Dennis Santana (0-7, 2.96 ERA, 50 Ks, 29 BB in 48.2 IP)

South Bend Cubs LHP Carson Sands (5-0, 3.30 ERA, 28 Ks, 23 BB in 46.1 IP)

Lansing Lugnuts LHP Angel Perdomo (2-1, 1.28 ERA, 1 save, 62 Ks, 22 BB in 49.1 IP)

Lake County Captains LHP Thomas Pannone (4-4, 3.28 ERA, 57 Ks, 19 BB in 60.1 IP)

Fort Wayne TinCaps RHP Jacob Nix (0-2, 3.05 ERA, 36 Ks, 9 BB in 38.1 IP)

Lansing Lugnuts RHP Dusty Isaacs (1-2, 1.38 ERA, 11 saves, 35 Ks, 4 BB in 26 IP)

Dayton Dragons RHP Ariel Hernandez (0-1, 2.59 ERA, 2 saves, 40 Ks, 20 BB in 31.1 IP)

Lansing Lugnuts RHP Jon Harris (4-1, 2.36 ERA, 39 Ks, 17 BB in 42 IP)

West Michigan Whitecaps LHP Matt Hall (7-0, 0.65 ERA, 63 Ks, 17 BB in 55.1 IP)

West Michigan Whitecaps RHP Kyle Dowdy (2-1, 2.52 ERA, 33 Ks, 7 BB in 35.2 IP)

Fort Wayne TinCaps RHP Enyel De Los Santos (3-2, 2.91 ERA, 45 Ks, 14 BB in 52.2 IP)

Fort Wayne TinCaps RHP Jean Cosme (6-2, 2.60 ERA, 44 Ks, 13 BB in 52 IP)

Bowling Green Hot Rods RHP Diego Castillo (1-2, 2.10 ERA, 4 saves, 29 Ks, 6 BB in 25.2 IP)

Bowling Green Hot Rods LHP Genesis Cabrera (5-2, 2.27 ERA, 41 Ks, 18 BB in 47.2 IP)

South Bend Cubs RHP Adbert Alzolay (4-3, 4.36 ERA, 30 Ks, 17 BB in 53.2 IP)

First pitch for the Midwest League All-Star Game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 21, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The host Kernels will provide the coaching staff for the Western Division team, and the reigning MWL-champion West Michigan Whitecaps will provide the coaching staff for the Eastern Division team.

A pitcher from the host team often starts the All-Star Game, so I think it’s a safe bet to say Kernels lefty Sam Clay will get the nod for the Western Division. I also think it’s a safe bet to say Whitecaps lefty Matt Hall will start for the Eastern Division, considering his stellar stats and the fact West Michigan is providing the coaches for that team. Of course, these predictions could be nullified by player promotions prior to the All-Star Game.

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