NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees are sending seven members to Central Islip and, more specifically, Bethpage Ballpark for the Atlantic League’s 21st All-Star Game.
Infielders Deibinson Romero and Jason Rogers, outfielders Jamar Walton and Jonathan Galvez, catcher James Skelton and pitchers Evan Scribner and Jim Fuller will represent the Liberty Division team the Bees announced Monday afternoon. The All-Star Game will take place July 11 at 6:35 p.m.
Of the 42 players chosen between the Liberty and Freedom Divisions, New Britain tied for second in players selected with the host Long Island Ducks. Only the Lancaster Barnstormers had more with eight.
“We’re very happy for these seven players and honored to have them represent the Bees and the Liberty Division during the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game,” Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “They have all contributed greatly to our team during the first half and are very deserving of this honor.”
Romero, in his first season with New Britain and second in the Atlantic League, currently ranks second in games played (59); third in hits (67), doubles (15), extra-base hits (23) and total bases (106); fourth in at-bats (228); sixth in RBI (35); and seventh in home runs (8). He also has a .294 batting average with 33 runs scored.
Rogers, in first season in the Hardware City, is currently batting .331 (fourth in the Atlantic League) with 14 doubles, two home runs, 35 RBI, 26 runs scored and a .423 on-base percentage, which is good for second in the league.
Walton, who is currently in his second season with the Bees and fifth in the Atlantic League, received his third All-Star selection. His previous two appearances came in 2015 and 2016 as a member of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. In 48 games this year, Walton owns a .292 batting average with seven home runs, 30 RBI, 22 runs scored and a .488 slugging percentage, good for fourth in the Atlantic League.
Galvez is in his first season with the Bees and fourth in the Atlantic League. This is his second All-Star nomination, with his first coming in 2016 with the Bridgeport Bluefish. In 50 games with New Britain, his is hitting .272 with five home runs, 13 RBI and 15 runs scored.
Skelton, who is in his third year with the Bees and sixth in the Atlantic League, was named to his second All-Star team. His first came in 2015 with the Somerset Patriots. In 51 games this season, the backstop has compiled a .250 batting average with 10 doubles, 18 RBI, 25 runs scored, a .370 on-base percentage and has drawn 29 walks (sixth in the Atlantic League).
Scribner is currently in his first season with New Britain. In 16 appearances, the closer owns a 1-0 record with a 1.04 ERA, 16 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched. His nine saves ranks fourth in the league.
Fuller, in his first year with the Bees and second in the Atlantic League, has appeared in 20 games this season, compiling a 1.90 ERA with 25 strikeouts over the course of 19.0 innings of work.
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