Markel selected for All-Star Game

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The Pacific Coast League has unveiled its roster for the 2019 RMHC Triple-A All-Star Game. The 32nd annual contest, which pits the top talent from each of the two Leagues at Minor League Baseball’s highest level, will be played on July 10 at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego). The roster is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by club’s field managers and general managers, members of the media and broadcasters, and online fan voting. The elected players are joined by 20 additional All-Stars selected by Pacific Coast League officials.

Dave Brundage, the Sacramento River Cats manager, will skipper the roster featuring players from all 16 clubs, including 24 of the 33 players on the roster having made their Major League debut either this year, or prior to this year. The game will also feature 13 players who are 25 years old or younger.

Representing the Tacoma Rainiers is pitcher Parker Markel. After playing for Yavapai College, he was drafted in the 39th round by Tampa Bay in the 2010 draft. The right-hander was signed as a free agent to a minor league contract last September. He opened the season at Double A Arkansas before being called up to Tacoma in April. He has a record of 4-0, with two victories with both teams this season.

The PCL will look to claim its third consecutive All-Star victory after last season’s 12-7 victory at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. In the 21 years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format, the International League has taken 13 of the 21 contests.

 

Stars sign Alex Careers

The Tacoma Stars bolstered their offense with the signing of free-agent MASL veteran Alex Caceres to a deal. Per team and league policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Caceres joins the Stars after finishing third in scoring for the El Paso Coyotes last season by notching 22 points (4G-18A).

Caceres, a Medellin, Colombia native, began his professional indoor career with Toros Mexico during the 2012-13 season while also playing with the Atlanta Silverbacks outdoor team. After two stints with the Las Vegas Legends and one with the Monterrey Flash, Caceres found himself in the Stars MASL division playing for the Ontario Fury. He appeared in 16 games for the Fury in 2016-17 and six more the following season before being dealt to El Paso.

For his indoor career, Caceres has found playing time in 99 games and scored 71 goals. He has more assists than goals in his career and that will be a huge boost to the Stars offense. “In Alex, we are adding composure, a cultured left-foot and experience to our team. He’s a great locker room guy, and someone who can bring a lot of poise to our build-up play,” head coach Nick Perera said about the newest star.

 

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