The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds will send four players to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game that is set for Aug. 16 in Lowell, Mass. IronBirds outfielder Glynn Davis, infielders Dudley Leonora and Joe Velleggia, and pitcher Trent Howard will play for the American League team.
A Baltimore-area native, Davis played one year at Catonsville Community College. Although he went undrafted, the Baltimore Orioles signed him as a free agent and Davis hit .316 in the month of July. He's currently tied for the NYPL lead in stolen bases with 18 in 21 attempts. In 36 games, he is batting .260 with one homer and eight RBIs.
Leonora signed as an international free agent in 2008 out of Willemstad, Curacao. At just 19, he's one of the youngest players on the team. Leonora has primarily played second base this season for Aberdeen and he led the IronBirds in batting average in the month of July at .330. Overall, in 45 games, he is batting .287 with no homers and 15 RBIs.
Velleggia was selected by the Orioles in the 40th round of the 2010 draft. Velleggia leads the IronBirds in home runs (7) and RBIs (24). Like Davis, Velleggia was also born and raised in the Baltimore-area. In 37 games, he is batting .279 and he is tied for third in the league in homers.
Howard was selected by the O's in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. Through nine outings (seven starts), Howard is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA. He has struck out 38 batters with just ten walks in 32 1/3 innings to go with a .218 batting average against. Howard pitched three seasons at the University of Central Michigan prior to being drafted.
This is the third time the IronBirds have sent four or more players to the All-Star game (four in 2007 and five in 2010).
Coming up at 6:30: Check out O's Xtra tonight on MASN2 HD. During the show this evening, Jim Hunter and Rick Dempsey have a live interview with LJ Hoes of the Double-A Bowie Baysox.