PALMER — The Mat-Su Miners will be well represented during the annual Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game.
The ABL National squad will feature 15 Miners, and Mat-su skipper Tyler LeBrun will serve as head coach of the squad.
“Everyone on that list from our team is well deserving,” LeBrun said after the rosters were released Friday.
Mat-Su outfielders Erik Webb and Justin Kirby; infielders Aaron Walters and Tanner Carlson; utility player Kody Huff; catcher Sam Thompson; and pitchers Kyler Bush, George Arias, Randy Abshier, Jacob McNairy, Owen Lamon, Blake Peyton, Evan Floyd and Brett Erwin were named to the all-star team.
“It’s going to be a fun day,” LeBrun said. “Go out and have fun at the all-star game and show what you’ve got.”
The event is part of the ABL’s MLB Showcase. Each season, the ABL sets aside a three-day weekend to invite scouts from throughout Major League Baseball. The five ABL teams play scheduled games on Friday and Saturday. The ABL hosts its annual home run derby Sunday at 1 p.m. The all-star game follows Sunday at 4 p.m. Webb and Kirby will represent in the Miners in the home run derby.
LeBrun said he had the chance to talk to the Major League scouts during the first day of the showcase.
“I talked to some of the scouts, and they are very found of our team in general,” LeBrun said.
LeBrun said Webb and Huff were among the scouts noted specifically. Webb, a Central Missouri product, is the top hitter in the league. The outfielder leads the ABL with a .349 batting average, 27 runs and 24 RBI. LeBrun said scouts are raving about Huff, a recent high school graduate who will play for Stanford in the fall. The scouts have also been impressed with Mat-Su pitching. Eight Mat-Su pitchers have been named to the all-star game.
Randy Abshier will make the start on the mound. Abshier leads the league with 35 strikeouts. He is also 2-0 with a 1.69 earned run average.
McNairy, another Mat-Su all-star, is the top closer in the league. The Alabama product leads the league with seven saves, and has a 0.69 ERA. He didn’t allow an earned run in his first 11 appearances of the season.
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