Wingnuts trio selected to All-Star Game

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The roster for the American Association South All-Star Team was unveiled Tuesday, with the Wichita Wingnuts boasting three members of the team that will compete in the 2016 American Association All-Star Game. Outfielders Brett Clevlen and Harrison Kain as well as left-hander Frankie Reed will represent Wichita on August 2 at CHS Field in St Paul, Minnesota in the All-Star Game.

The 2014 American Association Player of the Year, Clevlen is listed as one of the starting outfielders for the South All-Star Team and is the all-time leader in several offensive categories for the Wingnuts franchise, including hits (367), homers (58), and RBIs (216). So far this season, the veteran from Austin, Tex., is hitting .316 through 53 games and leads Wichita with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs, and is tied for the American Association lead with 30 extra-base hits.

Kain will join Clevlen as a member of the starting outfielder for the South. Acquired from Sioux Falls a season ago, Kain currently owns the second-highest batting average among qualified hitters in the American Association with a .358 average through 45 games. The California native’s on-base percentage of .435 also places him in the league’s top five, and his 14 stolen bases are tied for the second-most on a Wichita team that has stolen more bases than any other team in the league this year.

The Wingnut All-Star trio is rounded out by Reed, their southpaw closer. Tied for third in the league with 11 saves, Reed owns a 1.50 ERA in 30.0 innings across 26 appearances, the lowest among all American Association relievers with at least 30.0 innings of work. The San Diego, Calif., native is in his second seasons with the Wingnuts, and posted a streak of 16 straight appearances (19.0 innings) without allowing a run from May 21 to June 23.

The South All-Star squad is made up of players from the Wichita Wingnuts, Joplin Blasters, Laredo Lemurs, Texas AirHogs, and players from the six-team CanAm League. The roster was selected by Pete Incaviglia, who will manage the South All-Star Team. The full roster for the South can be found here: http://www.americanassociationbaseball.com/south-all-stars-announced/. The North All-Star Team will be announced Wednesday at noon CDT.

The Wingnuts are in Grand Prairie, Texas Tuesday evening to open up a three-game series with the Texas AirHogs and are set to return to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium to begin a six-game homestand Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. against the Joplin Blasters.

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