Announcing the 2020 City of Champions Cup All-Stars
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
Joliet Slammers Contact:
Kaitlyn Altmann - Marketing and Promotions Manager
By Jimmy Lynn
JOLIET, IL — Sunday marked the end of the 2020 City of Champions Cup, capping off an excellent season of professional baseball in Joliet. An awards ceremony was held in between games of Sunday’s doubleheader to present the first-place Joliet Slammers with the championship trophy and to acknowledge the summer’s standout performers as 2020 City of Champions Cup All-Stars. Many players from all four teams enjoyed productive seasons in Joliet, but these nine individuals dazzled fans and voters all summer with their outstanding play to earn 2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star nods.
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star Starting Pitcher: Joliet Slammers LHP Jake McSteen
50 IP, 7-0 record, 2.70 ERA, 52 K, 46 H, 10 BB
McSteen was dominant across eight starts for the Slammers, ranking first out of all City of Champions Cup pitchers in both wins (7) and innings pitched per game (6.25). The southpaw limited opposing batters to a .237 batting average while striking out 52—second to only teammate Will Headean (58) in the City of Champions Cup. McSteen pitched at least six innings and surrendered one run or less in six of his eight outings for the first-place Slammers.
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star Relief Pitcher: NERDS Herd LHP Ian Krol
19.1 IP, 1 save, 0.47 ERA, 31 K, 8 H, 3 BB
Krol was lights out for the NERDS Herd out of the bullpen, allowing just one earned run in his 19 appearances to earn the All-Star selection. The lefthander struck out 14.43 batters per nine innings and only allowed three extra base hits all season. Krol’s 0.47 ERA was the lowest out of all City of Champions Cup hurlers to pitch at least five innings, as was his .119 batting average against.
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star First Baseman: Joliet Slammers 1B/C/DH Brian Parreira
79 AB, .253 BA, .400 OB%, .456 SLG%, 4 HR, 15 R, 15 RBI, 18 BB
Parreira was a force in the heart of the Slammers’ lineup all season. Out of all City of Champions Cup batters, he ranked fifth in total RBIs (15), eighth in total runs scored (15), and tied for third in home runs (4). Parreira also displayed a great eye at the plate: He walked more times (18) than he struck out (15), and he was one of five City of Champions Cup hitters with at least 15 at bats to post an on-base percentage of .400 or higher.
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star Second Baseman: Tully Monsters 2B/SS/3B Caleb Ricca
64 AB, .328 BA, .443 OBP%, .484 SLG%, 2 HR, 12 R, 10 RBI, 13 BB, 10 SB
Ricca thrived this season in Joliet as the Tully Monsters leadoff man. The middle infielder ranked second in the City of Champions Cup and first on the Tully Monsters with a .328 batting average, and he posted double-digit figures in runs scored (12), RBIs (10) and stolen bases (10). Ricca bashed a pair of homers this summer as well, including a monumental grand slam in an 8-4 win against the Chicago Deep Dish on August 16.
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star Shortstop: Tully Monsters SS/2B Tyler Depreta-Johnson
80 AB, .238 BA, .303 OBP%, .288 SLG%, 5 R, 8 RBI, 6 BB
Depreta-Johnson earned the All-Star nod at shortstop for his great season both at the plate and in the field. He recorded 19 hits, including four doubles, and struck out in just 15 percent of his at bats—the lowest percentage of any Tully Monsters batter to record at least 60 at bats. Depreta-Johnson also turned heads with his impressive defense up the middle: He led all City of Champions Cup fielders in assists per game (2.68), helped turn nine double plays and made just two errors on 92 chances throughout the season.
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star Third Baseman: NERDS Herd 3B/1B Brylie Ware
83 AB, .301 BA, .366 OBP%, .325 SLG%, 11 R, 12 RBI, 4 BB
Ware anchored the NERDS Herd’s offense throughout the season to warrant his All-Star recognition. He ranked fifth out of all City of Champions Cup hitters with a .301 batting average, reaching base safely in all but three of the 22 contests he appeared in for the NERDS Herd. Ware also led his team in RBIs (12), and he struck out just six times in his 83 at bats to post the City of Champions Cup’s lowest strikeout rate (7.23%).
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star Catcher: Chicago Deep Dish C/DH Erik Ostberg
84 AB, .381 BA, .458 OBP%, .619 SLG%, 4 HR, 18 R, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 4 SB
Ostberg raked all summer for the Chicago Deep Dish, leading the league in batting average (.381), total hits (32) and doubles (8). The All-Star backstop also ranked second in slugging percentage (.619) and total bases (52), and tied for third with four homers on the season. Ostberg reached base safely in all 23 games he played for the Deep Dish, recording a base hit in all but three of those contests.
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star Outfielder: Joliet Slammers OF Andrew Shaps
86 AB, .302 BA, .364 OBP%, .419 SLG%, 2 HR, 20 R, 15 RBI, 9 BB, 8 SB
Shaps’ All-Star-caliber season both at the dish and in the outfield was instrumental in leading the Slammers to the 2020 City of Champions Cup title. The outfielder mashed 26 base hits, tying Slammers shortstop Zach Kirtley for the team lead. Shaps ranked second out of all City of Champions Cup hitters in runs scored (20), fourth in batting average (.302) and fifth in RBIs (15). He was dependable in the field, too, committing just one error in 35 chances while making a handful of highlight-reel catches.
2020 City of Champions Cup All-Star Designated Hitter: Joliet Slammers DH/OF/1B Noah Vaughan
78 AB, .321 BA, .471 OBP%, .769 SLG%, 10 HR, 20 R, 22 RBI, 24 BB, 6 SB
Vaughan was a nightmare for opposing teams at the plate all throughout the City of Champions Cup to earn the All-Star nod. The designated hitter was the only batter in the City of Champions Cup to reach double digits in home runs. Vaughan also led the league in total bases (60), slugging percentage (.769), on-base percentage (.471) and walks (24). He finished within the league’s top five in a myriad of other offensive categories, too: Vaughan ranked second in RBIs (22), second in runs scored (20) and third in batting average (.321) in a terrific summer at DuPage Medical Group Field.
About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois. They will play their 10th season in 2020. Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the office at 815-722-2287 for more information. Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers and Instagram at @jolietslammersofficial.
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