July 12, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - As the summer reaches its midpoint, several baseball players with ties to Western Carolina and Catamount baseball have been honored by being selected to their respective All-Star games.
Former Catamount Holland Selected to Second All-Star Game
For a second-straight season, former Western Carolina Catamount reliever - and current Kansas City Royals closer - Greg Holland will participate in the mid-summer classic, the Major League Baseball All-Star game. The American League and National League squads will clash at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., on Tuesday, July 15 at 8:00 pm on FOX.
After setting a Kansas City franchise record with 47 saves a year ago with an ERA of 1.21, Holland moved into the all-star role a season ago to replace an injured Seattle Mariners pitcher, Hisashi Iwakuma. In 2014, though, Holland was added to the roster by manager John Farrell. This season, the Marion, N.C., product has a 1-2 overall record and a 1.87 ERA. The right-hander has 24 saves in 25 save opportunities, striking out 52 against 10 walks.
Over the past two seasons, no MLB closer has more saves than Holland. He has 91 saves with 343 career strikeouts in his MLB career, which began in 2010.
Trio of Returning Catamounts Named to Summer All-Star Teams
Three returning Catamounts have earned all-star selections in their respective summer leagues. Rising senior first baseman Jacob Hoyle was tabbed an all-star in the California Collegiate League (CCL), while rising juniors Danny Bermudez and J.D. Long - teammates with the Alexandria Aces - were selected to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL) All-Star game.
Hoyle will participate in the CCL All-Star Game in Compton, Calif., on Wednesday, July 16 with coverage provided on Fox Sports West (check local listings) beginning at 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET. Hoyle is having a tremendous summer, batting .356 (36-for-101) with 14 doubles three triples and three home runs. He has a team-high 31 RBI - a stat that ranks among the league-leaders.
Bermudez and Long will team with other North All-Stars in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League All-Star game, also scheduled for Wednesday, July 16. Through games played on July 11, Long ranks fifth on the Aces squad with a .302 batting average, collecting 29 hits in 96 at bats with four doubles and five RBI. Bermudez is batting .275 (22-for-80) with five doubles and two home runs and 11 RBI.