Six Chiefs among the best in the Midwest

Six Peoria Chiefs have been recognized as 2013 Midwest League All-Stars, though only three will play in the June 18 contest.

Six Peoria Chiefs were selected to the Western Division roster for the Midwest League All-Star Game, it was announced on Wednesday.

Those who are expected to be active in the contest, to be played in two weeks in Dayton, Ohio, are infielders Breyvic Valera and Jacob Wilson and pitcher Tyrell Jenkins. The two infielders are reserves while Jenkins joins 14 other pitchers on the Western Division roster.

Three pitchers who began the season with Peoria, Corey Baker, Kurt Heyer and Zach Petrick, would also have been on the All-Star team except for their recent promotions to A-Advanced-A Palm Beach.

All-Stars were nominated and selected by the Midwest League field managers.

Wilson
Wilson, 22, leads the Chiefs in RBI with 44 while also batting .269 with eight home runs, nine doubles, one triple and 31 runs scored. He leads the Chiefs with a .447 slugging percentage and is fourth with a .338 on-base percentage. Wilson is tied for second in the MWL in RBI and tied for the league lead in sacrifice flies with seven. The 22-year-old Arlington, TN native was drafted in the 10th round last June from the University of Memphis.

Jenkins, 20, is 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA in nine starts for the Chiefs this season. The right-hander has struck out 31 and walked 22 in 47 1/3 innings. He became the first pitcher to throw more than one complete game in a season for the Chiefs when he finished the second game of a double header on Thursday in Burlington. The right-hander also threw a nine-inning complete game shutout against Fort Wayne on May 5 allowing just three hits. Jenkins is the only pitcher in the MWL with two complete games in 2013 and was the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 29-May 5. The 20-year-old Henderson, TX native was taken by the Cardinals in the supplemental first round of the 2010 draft.

Valera
Valera, 20, leads the Chiefs with a .329 average and is tied for the team lead with 34 runs scored. He already has 71 hits on the season, which is tied for the MWL lead, and 18 multi-hit games while currently riding a 10-game hit streak. Valera has eight doubles, three triples and three stolen bases. In 237 plate appearances, the switch-htter has struck out just 10 times while drawing 17 walks. Valera hit .333 in May and is batting .344 since moving into the leadoff spot in the Chiefs order. Valera is third in the MWL in batting average, third in at-bats, and first in plate appearances per strikeouts at 23.7. The Cardinal Nation's 19th-ranked prospect was also a New York-Penn League all-star selection in 2012.

The 49th annual Midwest League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, June 18 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio. The Western Division field staff will be from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Full rosters for the MWL Eastern and Western Division All-Star teams should be posted soon at MiLB.com.



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