Knights have seven All Stars
Merrimack native Mickey Gasper leads the Futures Collegiate Baseball League with a .440 batting average, .539 on-bae percentage and 13 doubles. Those three statistics, combined with a fifth-best 18 walks, is the main reason he also leads a group of seven Nashua Silver Knights into Wednesday’s All-Star Game at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.
The Home Run Derby is set for 4:30 p.m., followed by the game.
Gasper, a Bryant University catcher, is one of four position players on the Eastern Division roster. He’ll be joined by first baseman Ryan Sullivan (Southern New Hampshire University), second baseman Cam DiSarcina (Merrimack College) and shortstop Harry Roberson (Amherst College).
Outfielder Yanni Thanopoulos (Amherst College) is the Knights fifth position player to earn an All-Star spot, but he’ll play for the Western Division team.
Pitchers Seth Pinkerton (University of Hartford), a reliever with two wins in 10 appearances (15 innings pitched, four runs allowed, 17 strike outs), and closer Jake Nelson (University of Pennsylvania), who leads the FCBL in saves with six, also landed spots on Team East.
Left-handed pitcher Jeremy Roberts, the Knights ace (3-2, 3.00 ERA, 33 strikeouts in 36 innings), can still make the team via the FCBL Fan Vote at nashuasilverknights.com.
Sullivan makes his second All-Star Game appearance. He is fifth in the league in home runs (five) and RBIs (24).
Roberson, third in the league in stolen bases (12) and fifth in hits (38), and Thanopoulos, third in the league in triples (two), have helped lead the Knights in offensive production.
DiSarcina will make his first All-Star Game appearance, leading the league in at bats (135) and second in the league in hits (44).