BRISTOL - With the addition of outfielder and CCSU player Peyton Stephens via the fan vote, as announced on Monday, the Bristol Blues will now be sending six players to the Futures League All-Star Game this week in Nashua, N.H.
However, that game is being pushed back a day to Wednesday, as the league also announced on Monday that both the All-Star Game and Scout Day activities are being moved due to anticipated severe storms in the area tonight.
Among seven candidates in the fan vote, Stephens picked up 15,417 votes (37.4 percent) to finish second in the balloting behind Pittsfield infielder Drew DeMartino (.325 avg., 4 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI) who got 20,903 votes (50.7 percent). Both earned spots in the game.
Stephens is batting .240 in 96 at bats, but it is his defense that makes him an all-star caliber athlete.
The outfielder has a fielding percentage of .984, with just one error in 241 2/3 innings. His tight defense is also complemented by a strong arm, as he has eight assists - compared to none for any other Blues outfielder.
Stephens joins five other Blues All-Stars for Wednesday’s game.
Richard Brereton’s success in Bristol has transferred over from his successes on the field at Emory College. At Emory, he had a batting average of .320 this past season.
In the first half of the season with Bristol, Brereton has hit .276, with 35 hits.
While primarily an infielder, Brereton has also shown he can pitch. In 11 innings, he has an ERA of 1.54 and has struck out 18 batters.
Infielder Ian Ostberg is tied with Brereton in at bats with 127, and is hitting .307 on the season. Ostberg leads the league in stolen bases, having snagged a total of 18 before the break. Ostberg is also second on Bristol in walks with 20. He is second to Blues outfielder Dylan Reynolds, who has walked 24 times.
Neal McDermott has been slotted as the Blues closer since the start of the season and has been a showstopper every time he enters the game. He leads the league in strikeouts with 39, and has an ERA of 1.39 over 19 innings.
The sophomore out of Seton Hill University has allowed just seven hits in those innings, with nine walks. He has 12 saves.
One of the younger athletes making their way to the All-Star game is former relief pitcher turned starter Emmet Sheehan.
The soon-to-be freshman at Boston College has boasted an ERA of 3.00 and has struck out 33 batters in 27 innings pitched this summer. As a starter, his record is 2-2.
He is entering the All-Star Game on a loss, having dropped his most recent start to the North Shore Navigators, 6-2.
The final player Bristol is sending to the All-Star Game is catcher Patrick Winkel. The catcher out of UConn is strong on offense, batting .267 in 45 plate appearances since he played his first game on June 20. He has 12 hits, including one home run, and has driven in 11 runs.
Winkel has proven he is All-Star worthy by showing sharp defense behind the dish. He has a fielding percentage of .966, with two errors in 53 innings behind the plate.
Going into the break, the Blues, at 23-17, are locked in at third place in the FCBL. They sit four games behind the first-place Martha’s Vineyard Sharks and 1 1/2 games behind the second-place Worcester Bravehearts.