July 14, 2013

Cullowhee, N.C. - A combined seven Western Carolina Catamount baseball players have landed on various all-star rosters for their respective summer league teams across the nation.

Three players - Aaron Attaway, Cody Jones and Jordan Smith - earned All-Star recognition in the California Collegiate League while both Luke Gragg and J.D. Long were tabbed all-stars in the Valley League. Northwoods League homerun leader Adam Martin captured an all-star invitation with Alex Barr also earning all-star honors in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League.

Both Gragg and Long - teammates on the Winchester (Va.) Royals - competed in the Valley League All-Star game back on July 8 while the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League All-Star game slated for July 11 was postponed due to rain. The California Collegiate League's All-Star festivities will be played on July 17 and televised on Fox Sports West with the Northwoods League All-Star game to be played Tuesday, July 23 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Gragg ranks second on the Royals squad with a .284 batting average (23-for-81) with four doubles and six RBI. He has also walked 12 times and been hit by eight pitches bolstering his on-base percentage to .422. For Gragg, it was his second-straight year of being an All-Star, earning honors a summer ago in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League.

Long is batting .259 (30-for-116) this summer, tied for his team's lead with 30 base hits. He has four extra base knocks including three doubles and a triple while also accruing 12 RBI.

Barr has made a team-high 12 appearances for the Kernersville Bulldogs including a pair of starts. The left-handed hurler holds a 2-1 record with a pair of saves and an ERA of 2.37 through 23.2 innings of work. Barr has allowed 11 runs, eight of which were earned, with 33 strikeouts against 18 walks.

Martin is currently batting .330 (60-of-182) on the summer and leads the Northwoods League with 10 home runs and 16 doubles, while also ranking second with 37 RBI. All told 27 of his 60 hits on the summer have gone for extra bases, adding a triple to the tally as well. The Marietta, Ga., native has 16 multiple hit games to date with the St. Cloud Rox including a summer-best 4-for-6 showing back on June 13 against Thunder Bay, while also recording multiple RBI nine times.

It will be Martin's second time participating in All-Star game festivities as he won the Alaska Baseball League Home Run Derby in 2011.

All three playing for the San Luis Obispo Blues in California, Attaway is hitting .370 (37-of-100) with 12 extra base hits including 10 doubles and two home runs. The Morganton, N.C., native has driven home 20 runs while scoring 24 times, adding 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts. Jones, who is originally from Enka, N.C., is batting .288 (30-of-104), also with 12 extra base hits including a team-high 11 doubles and a home run with 21 RBI.

On the mound, Smith has posted a 3-2 overall record in seven appearances and boasts a 1.27 ERA on the summer. The Liberty, N.C., product has only surrendered eight runs - four of which were earned - in 28.1 innings of work, tallying 24 strikeouts against eight walks.

Tyler White Promoted to Greeneville Astros
Former Catamount infielder Tyler White, who was a first team All-Southern Conference and third team All-America selection in 2013, will be promoted to the Houston Astros' Rookie League team in Greeneville, Tenn. White will play in the Appalachian League which features 10 teams across four states including North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

With Houston's Gulf Coast League (GCL Astros) this summer, White has hit .365 (23-of-63) with 10 extra base hits including nine doubles and a home run. He has scored 11 runs while collecting 15 RBI.

On the heels of being selected as the SoCon Media Player of the Year, White was selected by Houston with the first pick of the 33rd round (977th overall) in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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