By Christian Katt
The 2020 SFCBL All-Star selections have been made for both the North and South Divisions. Position players have been selected based on the following criteria, in order of importance: overall future potential, batting average, total extra-base hits, and RBI’s. Pitchers have been selected based on the following criteria, in order of importance: overall future potential, strikeouts, ERA, innings pitched.
Statistics are up to date following conclusion of all games until July 21st.
The Spotlight from the South
Roberto Peña, University of South Florida, Junior, INF, West Boca Snappers .276 BA / 21 RBIs / 7 XBH’s / 13 SB
For the first-place West Boca Snappers, new names fill the stat sheet every day in their quest for a three-peat. Roberto Peña has been stepping up more often than not. Peña is never afraid to take the extra base. Whether it’s first-to-third, stretching singles to doubles, or snatching his team leading 13 stolen bases, Peña is a catalyst for the Snappers offense. Peña’s 21 RBI’s lead the Snappers and is good for 4th in the SFCBL.
Caleb Durbin, Washington University in St. Louis, Sophomore, INF, Ft. Lauderdale Knights .318 BA / 28 hits / 17 RBIs / 19 SB
It really is a toss-up between which Ft. Lauderdale Knight deserves the most credit for powering their offense. While Tim Bouchard just barely edges Caleb Durbin in RBI’s and batting average, Durbin’s blistering 19 stolen bases, good for second in the SFCBL, gave him the nod for SFCBL starting DH in the South Division. Consistency has been key for Durbin, as even though he has even pitched an inning and a third this summer, Durbin’s production at the plate has never wavered. Durbin’s batting average has never dipped below .300 this summer.
Matt Svanson, Lehigh University, Senior, RHP, West Boca Snappers 3-0 / 0.00 ERA (Does not qualify) / 20 IP / 27 SO
The ace for the Snappers this year has got to be Matt Svanson. Although he doesn’t numerically qualify for the league lead in ERA due to the high amount of games the Snappers have played, 0 earned runs in 20 innings pitched is a ridiculous feat for the Lehigh arm. With 27 strikeouts and only 4 walks, Svanson has painted the zone while keep up his velocity. As the season is progressing, Svanson is going deeper into games, so he is going to be a force to be reckoned with come playoff weekend.
Graham McCurry, Erskine College, Sophomore, LHP, Florida Pokers 0-2 / .85 ERA / 21 IP / 19 SO
The South division is heating up behind the Snappers. Currently in second place is the Florida Pokers, who’s pitching staff has been led by Graham McCurry. Sometimes starting, sometimes out of the pen, McCurry has only allowed an earned run in one of his appearances this season thus far. Despite not recording a win this far into the season, McCurry’s K/BB ratio of 19/6 proves he has certainly been deserving of recognition league-wide in the summer of 2020.
The 2020 SFCBL All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, July 26th at 7 P.M. at Palm Beach Atlantic. Follow the league on Twitter @SFCBL_Official for updates and broadcast information for the game.